HOW TO POSITION 2 STRAND TWISTS NO MATTER THE LENGTH OF YOUR HAIR
Since 2 strand twists are my absolute favorite style, I will be honored to conduct my various experiments and see if we can come up with solutions for different coil patterns/density/thickness.
FIRST: I love to do my two strand twists on freshly cleaned (amla paste mix) hair/scalp. This is mainly to prepare the scalp for longer lengths of time without a proper massage during wash. When I wear my hair (not in twists), I will not hesitate during the week to dunk my hair under water and massage with the balls of my fingertips when I shower.
SECOND: Most of the time I stretch my hair in preparation for 2 strand twists. I do this by braiding my hair into about 6-8 plaits overnight after a wash/conditioning. Occasionally I will blow dry for a stretch, but not often (only because I get lazy). If I do blow dry it, I use the tension method (blow drying on damp hair while stretching out the coils in sections by holding it taught with my hand or a tool. Running the blow dryer swiftly back and forth). I DON'T BLOW DRY STRAIGHT. I WANT THE TEXTURE AND FULLNESS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WITH FINER/SHORTER LENGTH HAIR.
THIRD: I moisturize with a creamy product and seal with oil. I'm still experimenting with products, and staying away from shea butter/shea butter products. I find that shea butter starts out nice for me, but tends to block my moisture attempts (water) later on. I can't afford that, as I use two strand twists primarily as a way to keep moisture on my hair.
FOURTH: I section my hair into about 10 two strand twists (or small buns) and put all of them into a ponytail (not the buns of course). Then I will pull down one of the two strand twists (usually I start from the back), moisturize that a little more (focusing on the ends), and then start on that section with a diagonal part. Parting my hair diagonally helps to ensure that my scalp does not show. I do not like scalpy two strand twists or box braids. It's likely that scalp will show if the hair is parted straight across. Sometimes the parts are not "staggered", and that causes scalp to show.
FIFTH: After I do a diagonal part, I don't part with a tool again until the next row. Within that section, I pull a section with my thumb and pointer finger. I guess on the sizing based on how I want my twists to look. The size that you do will be very important based on the thickness of your hair. Finer hair, I believe that finer hair will benefit from smaller sized twists in an effort to create a thicker look of MANY twists. However, don't do the twists too fine! You will know it's right when you see it! If the twists are done bigger, then the fine hair will be apparent.
SIXTH: Working in sections, I repeat the process. While twisting each twist, I am directing my twist in the way I want it to fall. For instance, if I want a twist to fall forward towards my forehead, I will need to begin the first twist on that strand in that direction. If I twist it while heading the twist back towards my crown, then the twist will not lay forward-it will lay back.
SEVENTH: I make my diagonal parts in the direction that I want my twists to lay/stack later. For instance, if I want a part at my hairline that goes straight back, then I will need to make that part and then twist all of the twists in that row towards the back as well . If I also want an alternative to that side part (like a middle part), I make that as well. Later when I go to style my hair, I always have a few different part options.
|Two Strand Twists on Medium/Long Length Hair|
|Two Strand Twists on Short/Medium Length Hair|
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