When I was transitioning, I was lucky to get 6 to 8 days out of twist out, so when my first all natural hairstyle lasted 14 days, I wanted to do a happy dance!
I two-strand twisted my hair using Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme and left them in for 7 days.
Then I wore a twist out. Here are pics of my hair on day 7.
The back of my hair probably would have lasted another week, but my scalp was extremely dry so it was time to shampoo after day 7 of the twist out.
So in total, this style lasted 14 days! And for the record, I do work out regularly. I don’t sweat profusely, but I do sweat enough that my roots get puffy, and I’m OK with that.
I Must Come Clean
Now, I should admit that I did re-twist about 4-5 twists on the sides of my hair on some nights. I’m a side sleeper, and since my hair is thinner on the sides (comparatively), it tends to flatten out very quickly. Not a good look.
But other than that, there was zero manipulation/maintenance other than moisturizing my hair with my essential oils mix. I should also mention that I sleep in a satin bonnet.
Tips on Making Your Twist Out Last
This is my first all natural twist out so I’m clearly no expert. However, here are some things I believe helped make my style last.
1. The Twisting Product
I love Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme because it adds moisture and hold, but it’s not so much hold that may hair feels crunchy or has residue. It really does a good job of binding my strands together so I maintain some definition.
The only downside is price. I definitely plan on experimenting with other products because MJ’s products are very expensive. So if anyone has any recommendations for products that provide the same hold and moisture, let a sistah know!
2. The Twisting Method
When I twist, I pull my hair very taught and smooth my fingers down the strands as I go. This gives me a tighter twist and provided more definition when I wore the twist out.
3. Coat Those Ends!
I literally saturated my ends with product as I twisted. Not only did that help seal my ends, but they literally felt like butta — even when I wore the twist out. Miss Jessie definitely gave that product the right name!
4. Separate Once
When I removed the twists, I just untwisted in the opposite direction and separated them one time. I didn’t fluff them out at all. In the future, I probably won’t focus so much on definition and will go for a fuller look by separating the strands more. I actually prefer a fuller look anyway.
5. Leave the Twists In As Long as You Can
This tip is probably too obvious to mention. I believe the number one reason my twist out lasted that long is because I let the twists set for a week. Right now, I am experimenting to learn the minimum amount of time I can leave them in and still get a lasting style.
As I type this, I’m wearing a 3-day old twist out after leaving the twists in for only 4 days. So far so good, so we’ll see. :) Here’s a pic of my current 3-day-old hair.
Anyway, I’m enjoying the experimentation process and look forward to seeing how different products and methods produce different results.