When I finally took the leap of putting mini-twists in my hair, Lord knows it was a challenge. It took nearly 7 hours of twisting to complete. The twisting felt like a never end task. All in all though, I liked the way the mini twists came out.
However, when it comes to twisting fine hair I realized it’s not always a bowl of sweet peaches (I don’t know where that came from. It must be those 7 months I spent living in the south LOL).
Fine hair can be deceptive. It can be wonderful in some ways but hair that’s fine definitely comes with its own set of special challenges (raise your hand if you can relate….did you really? Nobody can see you silly!). Twisting fine hair in small/mini twists has a number of pros and cons. Take these into consideration before you decide to rock this style as a protective or low manipulation style.
Pros of Mini Twists
- Helps your hair to retain length because once twisted, you don’t have to manipulate your hair
- Can be considered a protective style since the hairs are “contained”
- Once installed, reduces the amount of manipulation you put your hair through over time
- Makes it easy to get out of the house in the morning – Very quick styling since your hair is already done
- Brings out your creative side when it comes to styling
Cons of Mini Twists
- That nape of the neck hair tends to unravel very easily!
- The risk of tangling at the nape of the neck hair is increased
- Hair tends to look fuzzy as those baby fine hairs tend to come out
- You usually need to re-twist the front and back sections due to the fine-ness of the hair
- The take down is time consuming because you have to be very careful to de-shed all that fine hair which is almost invisible to see.
- The installation process is long and tedious
- Fine hair is prone to breakage so twisting in very small sections increases the risk of breakage
While twisting fine hair definitely has some challenges, there are some benefits as noted above. Practicing low manipulation when it comes to handling your hair is a big deal when you are trying to maintain length so style with care.
UPDATE: I no longer use mini twists as a means of protective styling or low manipulation styling because the take down was even more tedious than the install! Plus, I had unnecessary (avoidable) breakage occur when it was time to remove the twists.
What types of low manipulation styles do you find work best for your hair?