I’m finally embracing the idea of protective styling to help me retain more length. This concept has been so hard for me to grasp because I absolutely love wearing my hair out. The more time I spend over at K.I.S.S. hair forum the more I see that during the week (Monday thru Friday) there really isn’t any need to wear my hair down. I’m usually shuttling the kids to school, exercising and running errands which does not require a glam look. Still, when I want to look somewhat put together I just throw my hair up into two large flat twists and I’m good.
Before, I discovered this look I was always wearing two french braids (under hand braiding) or two cornrows (over hand braiding). Sometimes though I think the braids made me look a little juvenile so for this reason I started wearing the twists
|Flat Twists secured
with a Barret
My process is pretty simple. I discovered that the flat twists have lots more volume when I allow my hair to air dry first. Usually after my wash day routine, I apply my leave-ins and just pull my hair back into a braided bun for a whole day until it is mostly dry. Then I take the hair down so I can apply my moisturizer and seal with grapeseed or olive oil. After this step, I separate my hair into two large sections, parting down the middle and pin one side up with a clip to keep it out of the way. I lightly comb out the other side with a wide tooth comb and begin flat twisting from the front of my head all they way to the nape. I found that the twist looks best when I grab smaller sections for each turn. After twisting all the way down I let the twist sit for a few minutes because it will gradually loosen a bit and look fuller. I repeat on the other section. Once both flat twists have “grown,” I take the tail ends and twist them around each other. I then tuck them at the base of the twists with a bobby pin or barrette. If I want bangs I just take a small section at the front and do three small two-strand twists. Then I swoop them and secure the bangs into one of the twists. If I see any loose points along either twist I just use bobby pins to tighten things up.
|I used three small two-strand twists
for a side swooped bang
I enjoy wearing this style because it has the potential to look really glam with a little makeup and some earrings. This is also an easy style to take down so that I can moisturize and seal my hair whenever it is starting to feel dry. The best thing is knowing that I’m taking care of my hair by simply keeping it tucked away.