The braids twist hairstyles are a top favorite technique in black hairstyles. It allows extending your natural hair, attaching anything from quality commercial strands to dreadlocks. It is one of many hairstyle options one can do to maintain healthy hair. This is a very cute and popular in summer hairstyle for the African American women.
In addition, twists require no heat usage, thus preventing heat damage. It can be worn for days at a time, therefore requiring little mechanical manipulation to our tresses. With the twist, there is no tension on the scalp, and thus no damage to the hair follicle. So many people are asking how to make the twists or braids last longer? Here are 7 tips to help you:
1. Twist on 90% wet or damp hair
Twisting on dry hair will produce a twist that only lasts for a short period. Rather, it is important to twist on wet or damp hair in order to achieve an optimal definition and a long-lasting twist. Avoid twisting on hair that is 100% wet; fully wet hair is more prone to breakage via tension while twisting. Also, allow the hair to dry completely before undoing your twists.
2. Twist using a mixture of butter and gel
Using a butter (e.g., shea, mango) in combination with a gel will not only make for a very defined twist, but one that allows for maximum wear. The butter-gel combination will provide a soft hold for your twist while locking in moisture. However, be sure to avoid alcohol-based gels, which can dry the hair.
3. Coil the ends of the twists
For some naturals, twisting down to the very ends of the hair can lead to twisting with frizzy ends. An alternative method is to twist until just before you reach the ends of your hair and then coil these ends around your finger. If your ends don't quite coil with this alternative, then try twisting them very loosely as compared to the rest of the strand.
4. Wear smaller twists and for a longer period
The bigger your twists, the less defined the twist, which in turn leads to a quicker reversion of the style. Additionally, the shorter the period you wear your twists, the more quickly your twist out will revert as well. The longest-lasting twist is achieved from wearing small to medium-sized twists for a minimum of 3-5 days to set.
5. Do not borrow while twisting
While twisting for a twist, do not borrow hair from one of the two strands along the way. This tactic is usually done to compensate for a twist that started off with one big strand and one small strand. However, undoing such a twist can lead to a disastrous, frizzy twist.
6. Do not over separate the twist
Separate each twist into two sections, if possible, or up to four sections at the maximum. Any further separation can contribute to frizz and shorter wear of the style.
7. Secure the twist before you sleep
For those with medium to long hair, put your twist into 10-12 loose, big twists and cover with a satin bonnet. In the morning, just undo the big twists and fluff your original twist into place. For those with shorter hair, there is no need to retwist prior to bedtime. Simply cover your twist with a satin bonnet. In the morning, remove the bonnet and fluff your hair. These methods will help to minimize frizz and reversion.
Ok, girls. That's all for you to maintain the braids and twists to last longer. These tips will keep you looking nice. You should definitely get your money is worth of wear. Your thirsty roots will also remain beautiful as you experience healthy hair growth.