|Two Strand Twists on Transitioning Hair!|
|Happy With My Transitioning Hair Two Strand Twists!|
WANT TO DO 2 STRAND TWISTS on Your TRANSITIONING HAIR?
I totally remember watching YouTube videos and lusting after two strand twists for many months. I wanted to do them so bad, but I was still working with my transitioning hair. I transitioned for 15 months.
It seemed almost impossible thanks to my bone straight relaxed hair. I would play around with my natural hair and twist it up. It showed so much potential! While my relaxed hair would lay limp and didn't care about all my twisting.
I remember it was a Saturday (my hair day then). I thought long and hard and decided to try a technique for my transitioning hair that would look good and keep hold. I will share that with you in this post.
1) You Will Need Your Hair Cleaned and Conditioned
2) Heat Protectant of Choice
3) Blow Dry Using the TENSION METHOD (Using some tension with a tool or your hands to stretch your coils while blow drying quickly up and down the shaft. Not in an effort to achieve bone straight hair, but simply to stretch the coils)
- Blow dry the natural/unprocessed hair (while damp) on WARM/MEDIUM SETTING slightly to a less puffy state.
- Blow dry the relaxed hair (while damp) on COLD AIR. You are looking to achieve a puffed out texture from your relaxed hair. The cold air will help the relaxed hair to expand to puffiness that will appear similar to the blow dried natural hair.
4) Apply a thick consistency product. NOT WATER BASED. (I used a Shea Butter mixture) This will help to hold the twists together.
This is a guide to achieving a consistent texture of hair on a head of hair that has 2 different textures. The use of cold air on relaxed hair is used to puff the relaxed hair and make it appear to have texture. The use of warm air on the natural hair is used to stretch out some of the coils, but not make it dead straight. You still want texture in both portions, because it's the TEXTURE that makes two strand twists so BEAUTIFUL!
|Two Strand Twists on Transitioning Hair|
|Two Strand Twists/ Transitioning Hair STYLED|
|Washing/Conditioning Transitioning Hair: Prep for 2 Strand Twists|
It's important that you use your judgement regarding your blow dry usage. Different coil patterns and different relaxed/texlaxed hair conditions will be very important when determining how much heat/cold air to use to achieve 1 similar texture on your transitioning hair.
DO NOT WET YOUR TWO STRAND TWISTS! Twists done on transitioning hair can not withstand water. The natural hair will revert back to coily, and the relaxed hair will revert back to limp. This is definitely a style that you wear when you don't plan to have your hair around water!
It helps to part your hair at a slant (diagonal) when doing your twists (especially when working with finer hair). This will help the hair to cover any parts below it. If the parts are not "staggered", you get a sort of "spaceship" look.
Transitioning Hair that has just been cut/trimmed will not hold well. If the hair ends are BLUNT, they will unravel--even with this method. If you just got a trim or cut, you will need to wait a few weeks before doing your twists :(
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