|Moisturized Coily Hair is the First Step to Avoiding Frizz|
If you've got fine, coily hair that loves to snake up and frizz when you're doing your two strand twists, this post is for YOU.
When I first do my two strand twists, there are no signs of frizz. When I do Dimple's two strand twists, the frizz stands up and laugh at the both of us. She's got long, fine, coily hair that quickly frizzes up. Wash day is when I can focus on fighting the frizz. The wash day regimen listed below details steps that are geared towards minimizing frizz. Of course, some frizz will happen...but we are aiming for less frizz.
My wash day regimen for her two strand twists is:
1. Pre Poo (conditioner/oil mix and detangle in 4-6 sections) [Rinse]
2. Cleanse with Apple Cider Vinegar mix (2 tablespoons ACV and 4 ounces of water)--leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. This step is a frizz tamer (Apple Cider Vinegar balances the pH, laying down the hair cuticles.
3. Cleanse with Amla/Shikakai paste mix. (Great for coil definition and conditioning) [Rinse]
4. Deep condition (I usually add oils, honey, and maybe an avocado to a conditioner). Shine!
5. Rinse with cold water. Lays down the cuticles.
This imparts so much moisture and shine. Ridiculous!
The important part of this post addresses frizz and two strand twists-- most noticeable on fine, coily hair. Additional Steps to avoid the frizz:
- I love to get the hair well moisturized and the coils well defined (wash day regimen shown above).
- I blow dry on medium heat using the tension method. I never get rid of the texture--I will need that. I'm only blow drying in order to get some length, and avoid snakey looking two strand twists.
- I avoid using watery moisturizers. The creamier/thicker--the better. At this point, I'm really only trying to lock in the moisture that I spent the whole wash day putting in.
- I use Giovanni Wicked Wax Styling Pomade in the front section (hairline twists). This is where the frizz shows up the most (and on the crown). I mostly use it on the root area. I don't put it on the ends. Sometimes we need the aid of a styling product to achieve specific results. This pomade is all natural. Rinses out easily. Does not cause any drying or future problems. I use this to do my husband's twists--long lasting and keeps the style looking fresh!
- Scarf down the hairline at nights (satin type material)
- Satin pillowcase
|Avoid Frizz on Wash day with pH Balanced products/ingredients|
|Giovanni Wicked Wax used to Control Frizz|
I will update on her frizz free methods for her two strand twists. Keep in mind--we are conducting these styling efforts with a 6 year old. Many of her day-to-day activities would not be part of an average adult's life (carpet headstands, rubbing heads with the puppy, God only knows what else goes on).
I hope to keep these in for 2 weeks (whereas my two strand twists last respectably for 1 month). With these twists in, I am looking to give her hairline a break. Buns and other 1st grade styling (ponytails and the likes) have caused some hairline breakage. Free flowing styles such as this will give the hairline a chance to re-grow unhampered.
The middle picture is most recent (Yesterday, January 13th 2013). The left picture is from about 2 years previous, and the picture on the right (shows braids--not twists) is from September 2011 (a little over 1 year ago). Her hair is definitely growing longer and fuller. You can tell in the picture on the right that I was trimming her hair during that time. Her ends were very "snakey" back then. Thin and breaking. That's not the case anymore, thankfully! Getting fine hair to be it's fullest and to have maximum volume is a journey. Lots of things come into play. In the instance above, her hair had to be trimmed and all of the damaged, thinning ends had to be removed while newer, fuller, healthy hair grew in. That's all for now beauties! - ---tia
Do you have any frizz free tips? Please share!