Twists are a low maintenance way to maintain length on natural hair. This is true of all hair types but for those of us with fine natural hair, twists can cause us to lose length versus retaining if not done properly.
Imagine you have installed your two strand twists with the hope of retaining every single piece of growth. Two months have gone by and you know that hair grows an average of 1/2 inch a month. That means that when you take your twists down, you should have a solid inch of new hair growth or rather growth that’s been retained.
Yet, that’s not the case. In fact, your hair has only appeared to retain about a 1/4 inch of growth. Why?
For starters, if you really left those twists in for 2 months then that’s where you made your first mistake. Fine natural hair does not like to be “contained” for such a lengthy period of time. It will begin to loc on itself. That’s why there were snarls and additional tangles during the take down process.
In order to use twists as a means of low manipulation styling that helps you with length retention, consider the following simple tips and tricks:
- Twist in medium to large sections vs small or micro. This will prevent the difficulty caused by removing twists that have begin to tangle.
- Begin your twist as a rope twist for about a 1/2 inch before resuming your method (ex: loose twisting) of twisting your entire head.
- Prep and set your twists with a lightweight cream and gel OR a cream styler with slight hold. These types of products keep frizz at bay.
- Moisturize your twists with a spritz of water or spray moisturizer daily but don’t stop there…
- Smooth on a thick sealing oil like Jamaican Black Castor Oil, to the ends of the twists to keep them smooth and protected.
- Keep your scalp healthy. Massage your scalp every other day to keep the blood flow stimulated. Don’t forget to moisturize it as well.
- Keep your twists in for no longer than 2 weeks (same reason as the first tip above)
Videos with Tips & TwiSTS on Twisting Fine Natural Hair:
How to Get Smooth Frizz Free Twists:
How to Protective Style Fine Natural Hair with Twists:
Breathing New Life Into Old Twists:
A Prayer for Our Hair:
“Dear Father God, you’ve blessed me with a crown of glory. Please help me to respect and care for my hair as an extension of my body. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”