I've been wearing my hair in single two strand twists for a couple of months now and aside from needing a little dusting of the ends, my hair has never looked or felt healthier. Two strand twists are low maintenance and a great protective style if you are looking to strengthen your hair. In this post, I'll be breaking down how I install and maintain my twists for three weeks.
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Installing your twists
I always start with freshly washed stretched hair and make sure to file my nails down and coat my hands in oil. This minimises frizz and ensures my twists are as smooth as possible.
I part my hair into four neat sections. I take one of the sections and split again into four horizontal sections.
Working one section at a time, I spritz with water apply some oil and do a little finger detangling to ensure they are zero knots.
Section off a bit of hair, the size will depend on how big you want your twists. I usually go for about a third of the whole section.
I smooth this section with my fingers before splitting into two. I then split one of the halves into two and then start to do a braid. Starting my twist with a braid ensures the root stays stretched and keeps the twists in for longer.
Once the root is secure, I rejoin the two halves and tightly twist till I get to the end. I then apply a little hair butter to the ends and coil around my finger to seal the twists.
Repeat until hair is done.
Maintaining your twists
These tips keep my hair tidy and moisturised for up to 3 weeks after which it's take down time where I do a clarifying wash and deep condition before repeating the process.
Wrap your hair. Wrapping my hair at night is essential otherwise it gets messy fast. I usually put my hair into two flat twists or four chunky twists before wrapping. I prefer a durag over a satin cap as the durag smooths my edges and is less likely to slip off.
Moisturise. I moisturise my ends once a week. Working in small sections, I dampen the ends of my hair before smoothing over with hair oil and hair butter. I then twist up the section while it is still damp so it stays stretched.
Cleanse your scalp. After two weeks, I cleanse and moisturise my scalp. I braid my hair into four loose sections. I fill my spray bottle with warm water and add a small amount of shampoo. I spray this mix directly onto my scalp and use my shampoo brush to massage it into my scalp. I rinse by spraying water on my scalp until I see no suds. I then squeeze the water down the twists and leave to air dry.
Look after your edges. I avoid making the twists along the edges too tight as excessive pulling can lead to hair thinning. I take extra care to keep them moisturised and if need be I re-twist the edges if they become fuzzy.
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