Two Strand Twists and a Puff

Beautifully Curled: Two Strand Twists with a Puff


Last night, I applied Shea Moisture's Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque with some coconut oil into Z's hair overnight and rinsed it out this morning. For her style, I used Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk and Aloe Vera Gel on slightly damp hair.  I decided to secure the base of each twist with a little clip to reduce the puffiness as her hair dries and set (a technique I pinned on Pinterest). It really did not slow down the styling process although we did had to go run some errands before I was able to complete her entire head with twists. Therefore, I re-moisturized the top section of loose hair, placed it into a pony puff, and removed the clips. The roots of the twists in the back section of her head were really set and tight. I was quite pleased with the results. The twists near the top were still a little damp so they puffed up some after removing the clip but it was no big deal to me. I was just experimenting with the clips anyway.

I thought her temporary style was cute but Z did NOT warm up to it because she felt she looked silly and people would laugh at her. Hearing her say this broke my heart because although I know she is particular about her hairstyles overall, I always try to instill in her that it is not her hair that defines her beauty but her personality and her just being her. Words of affirmation are really important to her esteem and that is why it is so important for me to instill confidence in her at a young age. We rarely have these meltdowns over hair because I know what she likes, but sometimes life happens and sometimes there has to be a change of plans even when it comes to hair styling. I just want her to know that she can rock any hairstyle because she her warm and beautiful (yet sometimes sassy) personality outshines the style of her hair on any given day. She quickly changed her perspective about looking silly once she received all kinds of compliments about her hair. My girl was back to being my girl. :)

Beautifully Curled: Two Strand Twists with a Puff

Once we were settled for the evening, I went ahead and finished the top portion of her head. Her hair is so tightly curled that I had to be extra gentle with finger de-tangling the section before proceeding with parting. I gave her a side part and continued with the clips at the base of the twists as they dried. I decided to keep the clips in her hair overnight to see if they will aid in keeping her twists in a certain position by the time she wakes up in the morning. I will post an update of the results.

Beautifully Curled: Two Strand Twists with a Puff

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The Two Day Twist Out

Beautifully Curled: The Two Day Twist Out


I have been anxious to see how Z's twist out would turn out since I trimmed her hair recently. Since I had already planned for tonight be a wash and deep condition night, I decided to have her wear her hair out for two days (today and yesterday) without re-twisting it Thursday night. I wanted the style to be very low maintenance with little manipulation.

Day 1:  I simply untwisted her twists (no separation) and let her go about "her" business. :)

Beautifully Curled: The First Day Twist Out

Beautifully Curled: The First Day Twist Out

Day 2: She slept with her satin bonnet overnight and the next day her hair still had good definition from the twists (pre-separation). Naturally with the Southern humidity, her hair expanded.

Beautifully Curled: The Two Day Twist Out

Beautifully Curled: The Two Day Twist Out

I decided to separate her twist out some to see how the outcome would look and in the process discovered some untwisted twists within the mix. I love how her hair turned out, and she called her hair fancy hair meaning she liked the look as well. :)

Beautifully Curled: The Two Day Twist Out

Beautifully Curled: The Two Day Twist Out

Beautifully Curled: The Two Day Twist Out

Her hair was very soft and moisturized the entire day. At the end of the day, I washed her hair and decided to allow her hair to deep condition overnight. Tomorrow morning (early), I will rinse her hair and put in another set of twists which will be just a tad bit smaller this time around.

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Twist Out Results




Z wore her twists for a week before I decided to have her wear a twist out for Church this past Sunday. The day before, I rinsed her hair with water and re-moisturized her hair so that her twists can hang straighter for her twist out. Sunday morning, her twists were dry, full, and well hydrated. I used coconut oil on my hands to provide slip (to minimize the frizz effect) as I untwisted each of her twists. I began untwisting by turning each twist counterclockwise at its base and gently sliding my index finger down between the two sections of the twist until they are completely separated. I did not further separate the twists because I wanted to keep the definition of her twist out intact for the day.


The results came out great especially after her trim from last week. I really adore the shape of her hair on her face although she thought her hair looked funny at first. She is not accustomed to wearing her hair in a twist out mainly because she is still a heavy tumbler on the floor so I just can't fathom the thought of her getting her hair all tangled and dry for all her day to day rough play. She did get compliments on her hairstyle which boosted her likability for this hairstyle. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, I retwisted her entire head to prep for another week of jumping, rolling, tumbling, and overall rough playing. My plan is to wash her hair this week and possibly twisting her hair again for another week or two. My goal is to give the heavy parting (from braids, pigtails, and cornrows) a break to allow her scalp to rest.


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11 Month Hair Thickness Progress



The pictures above and below are approximately 11 months apart (according to the posted date on my Instagram account). Although I had significantly trimmed her hair in the below picture to help even out her twist styles and do away with dead/dry ends, her hair has really filled in through this year. Her hair is really thick in the crown and back of her head however her edges and nape are still a little on the thinner side. Nevertheless, I am pleased with her growth process and anticipate her hair to continue to increase in thickness over the next year. The goal over the next year is maintain her thickness while focusing on retaining length over her entire hair.


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Freshly Trimmed Curls in Twists


After reading a recent article on Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care about Trimming Your Child's Natural Hair, I knew that it was time for me to let go of Z's dead and uneven ends. I do not remember the last time she had a trim but her ends have been really dry and straggly for a few weeks now. I just did not have the heart to continue leaving her ends in that sort of condition. I had some slight reservations about clipping her ends only because she is terrified that she will look like mommy after her trim (I am sporting a really short cut that she believes is only for boys). Once I quickly got past my hesitations and reassured her that she will have PLENTY of hair left after I am done, we were set to go.


Z's hair was already detangled and stretched from banding so my work was pretty much cut out for me. I started from the bottom, sectioned a row out, spritzed her hair with water, applied a moisturizer to the section of hair, and began twisting. As I twisted each section of hair, I accessed it to see how much I needed to clip off the ends of each twists. I cut at a 45 degree angle to eliminate the look of a blunt cut (not good for twists). The entire process took 2 hours to complete. Once completed, Z ran out her chair into the bathroom. I heard a giggle, and she yelled, "I like it!!!" Whew! A sigh of relief.


Her hair grows very fast in the back middle and crown of her hair, and her weaker areas are around the nape of her neck and her edges. I am still learning how to properly handle each individual section especially since her texture overall is very fine, tightly curly, and soft (complete opposite of my course and wiry texture).


Overall, I clipped (or rather cut) anywhere between an half inch to 3 inches of hair to rid her of the see through ends and unevenness. I was not aiming for a perfectly even cut but just to balance out her fast growing sections with the slower ones for now. As a result, I am very pleased with her cut because it perfectly fits her face and makes her look that much more adorable. My goal is to work on keep her hair moisturized on a more consistent basis especially after her rough play sessions all over the floor (this child is ACTIVE!). I do not really have a set schedule on when her next trim will be; it is dependent on how well her ends are maintained.


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