So normally when I do my twist sets, I normally just finger tousle my hair to give it a beachy look. Unfortunately, I’ve become bored with the way the results are coming out so i decided to find some ways to reinvent my hair for summer time!
First, I decided to start doing less twists. Now I only do three… they are much larger and it allows for looser curls.
I make sure to use a leave in conditioner spray to help keep my hair soft. You can even use a bit of shine serum to sit in your hair overnight. This way, you don’t have to apply the serum in the morning and risk losing your curls.
Once I wake up in the morning, I unravel the twists with my fingers, finger tousle them, and then I go through the twists with a wide tooth comb. My curls come out so much more voluminous, and they also have a more natural feel.
I’ve finally found my go-to style for summer
Let me note: My hair is about a month post-relaxer. This style works for me now, but I have a feeling that once it starts growing out that this style won’t work anymore. For now, this will be my summer style.
Some products you might want to consider using:
Motions Leave-In Conditioner
Spray GVP Silk Remedy
This style can be done with any hair type. You have to remember, your hair will do anything as long as its properly set .
I promised myself last summer that I would only wear textured styles that required little or no heat and… let’s just say I’m not so good with keeping promises to myself. I ended up styling my hair with the flatiron or curling iron at least one a week… sometimes even TWICE!
This summer, I’m really going to try harder to cut heat out of my life, or at least try not to use it so much. I’ve been experimenting with textured styles for the last week or so, and I’ve found two that I really like. The first is a twist set on wet hair. Last year, I would do a twist set on blowdried hair but I’m crazy about the set on wet. It lasts longer and the curls are tighter and more defined than a twist set with dry hair.
The second is a flexirod set. I just tried this for the first time this morning, and it’s def a style for the summer. I did a decent job for my first try, but it could have been better. My roots are still a little puffy because of my newgrowth. Even some of my curls are puffy; I have relaxed hair, but it’s not 100% straight… I still have tons of texture and curls from when I was natural.
It took me a little while to get the rods in but I eventually got the hang of it.
I used Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split End Mender along with some IC Fantasia Frizz Buster Serum to prep freshly washed hair. I normally use the One’n'Only Argan Oil Serum but I ran out! Uh, yeah… I was livid about that but the frizz buster worked just fine…
So I’m only trying to stick to TWO New Year’s resolutions:
1. ATTEMPT to make it to work on time
2. Use a significantly less amount of heat on my hair (I can’t handle the heat, so I need to get out of the kitchen).
I’ve noticed a lot of random breakage in my hair over the last month because of: LAZINESS. When I’m late for work, I’m quick to slap the flatiron or the curling iron in my head instead of doing my hair in a heatless style the night before. Desperate times call for desperate measures… I haven’t even had a perm since August, so I have no idea how I’m going to completely pull this off. However, during the summer when I went a month without heat, I noticed an inch of growth . How bad can it be?
Sooooo… I have three textured styles that I need to do for the month of January: Bantu knot out, twist set, and roller set. I’ll be starting out with a Bantu knot out!
This is what the prep looks like:
And the results:
Should I go ahead and introduce myself to my newgrowth?
*I’ll have a video soon on how to create this look, but here are some quick instructions:
Section your hair into at least 12 parts. If your hair is shorter, more knots will give you better defined curls. I have medium length hair so I try to do at least 12 knots. I split my hair down the middle, and then in half again in each section. I do four knots in the innermost part, and two knots in the outermost part. I also seal with Hollywood Beauty’s Castor Oil before doing the knot. THIS STYLE CAN BE DONE BY WOMEN WITH ALL TYPES OF HAIR. If you hair is fine, I would suggest using a leave-in conditioner or a serum to apply before doing the knot. If your hair is course, I would suggest doing a moisturizer or a leave -in conditioner.
To do the knot, just take the hair and twist it inwards toward your CENTER part (the one in the very middle of your head). Make sure that your twist is tight so your curls are defined. As you twist your hair out to a good length, start to wrap it around into a knot. Make sure the hair is twisted TIGHTLY all the way through. Don’t twist it so tight that it breaks, but the twist needs to be evident. I’ve noticed that if you twist the whole length of the hair first, and THEN wrap, your curls won’t be as neat.
Try it out! Good luck!
I’ll introduce you to my newgrowth next month :D