Welcome to Texture Talk, a column that celebrates and deepens into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls that flow free from strands tucked in a protective style.
One of the most beautiful parts of textured hair is its versatility, and the ability to resize and have a wide range of styles. But there is a particular style that, while dear, it may just be polarized due to the trial and error required to get it right. Yes, we are talking about Twist Out.
In theory, it sounds super simple: Miracles on the section’s hair, twist, fingernails, and bouncy luscious curls (supposedly await you). However, for those of us who have tried and failed many times – we know that it is usually not as easy. Sometimes you are left with a fully defined curl, but more often than not, this is not the case.
Below, we’ve broken down the step-by-step guide below and how to achieve a perfect twist every time through a list of twist out products that will guide you through each step of the styling process.
Start with a clean slate
There is a great twist about the definition of curl, and the search for a good curl definition begins on the day of the wash. To help you before starting the twist out process using specially moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Monday Haircare Moisture and Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner (which is full of hydrating and strong ingredients like molasses butter, coconut oil and hydrolyzed rice protein) will help. Hair gives a great head start.
To give an extra moisture boost, try using a hydration mask or treatment, such as Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Mask which not only gives hair intense hydration supplements, but Shea Butter and Baobab Oil all of them. Help with moisture.
Divide and conquer
Begin by dividing your already moist hair into several sections – no less than four. Getting started with damp hair will not only help make especially thick and thick hair a little more manageable, but will also help in the absorption of your products. Don’t worry about completing the parts of each section; The unequal parts blending process will help when unraveling your twist.
Once you place your hair in manageable sections, the next step is to make sure that each section is tangle-free. Using detangling sprays such as Wizard detangling hair primer by Amica, as well as a separate brush like a wide-toothed comb or Denman cushion brush will help ensure optimal curl definition and a knot-free style.
Once the hair is in tangled-free sections, use a leave-in conditioner to kick the moisturizing process up a notch. Using your fingertips, rake a moisturized leave-in conditioner through each section, like the Coconut Milk Leave-in Conditioner, to ensure that it is evenly distributed. Its light yet moist formula makes it the perfect base for a twist out, as it helps keep hair down without twisting.
Follow your holiday with something that provides curl definition. An old but a goodie is the Xiomisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Its star ingredients, shea butter and coconut oil easily enter the hair follicle for added moisture, while neem oil adds shine and definition. Start at the ends and work this product through your roots. And don’t be shy with the zodiac – this is definitely not a step you want to skimp on.
This next step is certainly optional, but there are also some who will swear by the effectiveness of adding mousse, such as Devaurkle’s fridge-free volumizing foam, to their twist out routine. The difference cannot be seen in people with type 3 hair, but people with type 4 hair may need to help define their curls, they will be glad they added it.
Now the time has come to keep that curl. The definition of curl is important, but making sure your curls stay defined is where the real challenge lies. Adwoa Beauty Baomint Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel is a product that is good to trust. Formulated with pumpkin seed oil, prickly pear oil, and sweet almond oil, this cream-based gel helps define and hold the curls without the usual hardness and white flakes that many traditional gels are known for is. Its unique oil combination helps to close moisture and shine while improving the strength and elasticity of your hair. For best results apply it from root to tip, while taking extra care not to neglect the ends of your hair.
twist and Shout
You should be heavily moisturized and defined curls by now, so it’s twist time! Pay attention to the size of each section, ensuring that the sections are the same size, which will help create a more uniform appearance once taken out. Tie them with your favorite headscarf and leave to dry overnight. After all your twists dry up completely, it’s time for the moment of truth: take down.
The best way to highlight each bend with minimal curly is to separate each curl using an oil product, while also naming flyaways and frogs. You can try misting your entire head with an oil-based spray to help soften your twist, or if you want to give a little extra TLC to every curl, Adwoa Beauty Baomint Protect and Shine Try Oil Blend. Use a dime-size amount between your fingers before taking each turn apart and separating your curls.
Protect and refresh
Twist boycott is not an “another done” hairstyle. Chances are if you are going through the hassle of completing a turn you want to keep the style longer than a few days. To make sure your style lasts, tie your hair in a loose high bun – emphasize Loose – Before bed. After taking it in the morning, use a moisturizing and hydrating spray such as the Coconut Aloe Intense Moisture Replishing Spray by London Ivy to give the curl an extra boost of moisture and can be refreshed at any time.
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