how to cocoon curls
Growth & Retention Hair Styling

Cocoon Curls, Shrinkage and a Length Check

About a month or so ago I saw Whitney aka Naptural85 of YouTube do a video of what she calls cocoon curls on natural hair:

Now, I am a total hairstyling fanatic so I couldn’t wait to try this. However, it took me a while because I started the Hairscapades Bun Challenge.

bun challenge

While the bun challenge is still going on AND I’m also partaking in a hair growth contest hosted by SistaWithRealHair, I still set me hair free a couple times a week.

My First Time Cocoon Curls

how to cocoon curls

I set the twists with the little cocoon on Thursday night last week. This was done on freshly washed hair that I allowed to air dry 70%. I didn’t use any styling cream – only applied my Salerm 21 Leave in Conditioner.

It was my intention to release the twists on Friday but then it rained. So, I kept the twists in (great protective style too by the way, since the little cocoon at the bottom hides away a good part of the ends) for another day and released them on Saturday.

cocoon curls and shrinkage

My first impression? I was not really feeling this style. I like a little hang time with my curls and this style is very tightly curled. It could be because I kept the twists in for an extra day. As you can see, the shrinkage is ridiculous! My hair appears very shrunken and short but its true longest length is 15 1/4 inches as of my length check video for SistaWithRealHair’s contest:

As I fluffed a bit at the root and used my fingers to style the curls, I began to see the possibilities. I think it has a little bit of a Dorothy Dandridge feel to it.

What do you think?

cocoon curls

Anywho, it’s Christmas Eve and I have done little more than lay in the bed since I have not been feeling well for about a week. I don’t think I’ll get much more done other than tidying up a bit.


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

5 Comment

    1. Thanks Katrina. No but it’s easy. It’s just all my hair pulled back slightly to the side and secured with a Goody Flex Barrette. Then I folded it under and pinned it with Ouchless bobby pins. that’s it!

  1. As you already know, I think this style looked so cute on you!! It’s very similar to the curly fro, I think! I wonder if you had cocooned less of the length if you would have more hang time? I have to say though, I wonder how this is different from just doing a twist and curl with rollers? It seems easier. But, this would be a great alternative if you found yourself away from home, without curlers and wanted to do a TnC set!!!

    1. Always the innovative one lol. I may try it with less of a cocoon…but it will have to wait because I’m doing this new protective style now lol. If you haven’t seen it on IG, you’ll see it on a post soon ๐Ÿ™‚

      I agree, it is somewhat like the twist and curl but I think it is even closer to bantu knots

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