Cocoon Curls, Shrinkage and a Length Check

Last updated on August 10th, 2020 at 06:18 pm

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.

First Time Cocoon Curls on Natural Hair

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 for another day and released them on Saturday. This is a great protective style by the way, since the little cocoon at the bottom hides away a good part of the ends.

cocoon curls and shrinkage

First Impression

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 on natural hair

Lastly, it’s Christmas Eve as of the writing of this post 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.

Styling my hair in these cocoon curls made me feel productive!

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Katrina

    I love that bun! Very cute. 🙂 Do you have a tutorial for it?

    1. Michelle

      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!

  2. Shelli

    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. Michelle

      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 🙂

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

  3. TracyAnn0312

    I do love the ideas you have done in your hair. Hoping that I can also do these to my hair.

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