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:

YouTube video

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

    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!

  2. 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 🙂

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

  3. TracyAnn0312 says:

    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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