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I did this twist-out on “old hair” (previously styled but not dirty hair), but you can also do this on freshly washed or co-washed hair. I tried doing a twist-out on my Big Chopped 2.5-inch hair, but I didn’t like the results (at all)! I also tried a twist-out on my freshly washed hair, but I think I might like the results better on previously styled hair. Although, since my twist-out turned out so well this time, I might try this technique again on freshly washed hair. Because I have low-porosity natural hair, I have found that my styles turn out significantly better when I layer in several products as opposed to just using one or two products (like I did when I had high-porosity relaxed hair). Those who want to try this technique on old hair can skip steps 1-3 like I did. Here are the products/steps I used to attain this style:
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- Apply a heavy moisturizer. (I used about two tablespoons of my rinse-out VO5 Moisture Milk conditioner, but I didn’t rinse it out.) Let air dry for 5-10 minutes.
- Lightly mist your hair with your favorite leave- in. (I used my DIY glycerin spritz.)
- Apply a light oil. (I used olive oil.)
- Two-strand twist your hair in sections. (Since my hair is so short, I randomly twisted sections of my hair instead of parting and sectioning off my head in quadrants like I used to do when my hair was much longer.)
- Lightly rewet hair (if necessary) to keep hair moist as you twist the sections of your hair.
- Wrap hair in a satin scarf/bonnet.
- The next day (or whenever you are ready to untwist your hair), lightly mist your hair with your favorite leave- in. (I used my DIY glycerin spritz.)
- Spritz your hands with an oil of choice or use your favorite butter (i.e., shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc). I used my homemade whipped shea soufflé.
- As you undo each twist, use additional oil or hair butter as necessary.
- Rub about a teaspoon of your favorite gel between the palms of your hands or the tips of your fingers. (I used my homemade Eco Styler custard.) Gently run your hands or the pads of your fingers over your hair.
- Add about a teaspoon of hair pomade between the palms of your hands or the tips of your fingers. (I used Elasta QP’s conditioning glaze.) Gently run your hands or the pads of your fingers over your hair.
This may seem like a lot of steps, but this didn’t take me very long to do at all. I twisted my whole head in 20-30 minutes. The next day, I untwisted my hair and styled it to my liking in about 10-15 minutes. Using this technique, my hair lasted for three days before I needed to retwist it. To refresh my style, I just lightly misted my hair in the a.m. with my DIY glycerin spritz and then gently fluffed my coils. At night, I lightly misted my hair again and wrapped my hair with a satin scarf.