February 28, 2010
It's only been about two months since I tried my first two-strand twist out. I procrastinated on doing it for a long time because I believed it would be a never-ending project. Well, I'm happy to say that it is worth every minute of the effort. I always call it a "labor of love" when I explain the amount of time (two hours) that I dedicate to doing it. Why? Because I love how much healthier my hair has felt and looked since I started twisting it.
Women stop me all the time and ask what I do to achieve the wild kinky curly look. So, I decided to share my styling secrets in this post.
First (and this has proved an essential element of my hair's look and feel), I wash my hair just once every two weeks. Before I set this schedule, I was washing it too frequently and drying it out immensely. I prefer to use Hair One non-sulfate shampoo; However, I recently purchased Taliah Waajid Black Soap liquid shampoo. So, I'm anxious to see if black soap is as good as everyone says.
After washing, I always use a leave-in conditioner -- which at the moment is Murray's Parnevu Leave-in Conditioner. And while, I love to wash my hair at the end of the day, I have learned that it's actually best to do so early enough in the day to moisturize it real well before bedtime.
Once it's dry, I apply Elasta QP Mango Butter -- another recent addition amongst my must-have natural hair products. I tried mango butter thinking that it would be a great hair dress (providing a nice shine as well as both moisture and hydration). Although it didn't work for what I intended, it did fill another void in my haircare routine. It provided me with a means for volumizing my afro.
The last step to a simple twist out is to apply a spot of Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil to each section prior to the twisting. This product is very rich, so you don't need to saturate your hair. Apply just enough to spread it the length of your hair.
I tie my hair up with my the same wrap scarf that I used before going natural, and then take it down in the morning. And this is what it looks like when I first untwist it.
If I want to make it more full, I let the steam from my facial steamer cloud around me while I'm brushing my teeth. (Steam is a great natural moisturizer.) That gives it a bit of wildness that livens the style up. As you have probably guessed by now, I like volume.
I haven't quite figured out how to work with it well enough to wear the bangs down in the front, so I pin it up in the front. And voila!
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