Converting Old Twists into a New Updo

Beautifully Curled: Converting Old Twists into a New Updo


After almost a month of wearing twists (2 sets for 2 weeks each) in order to give Z's scalp a break from tension, I decided to convert her two week old twists into a cute banded updo. The day prior to the conversion, I co-washed her hair (with the twists still in) with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner. The next evening, I proceeded with taking out her twists starting from the bottom and working my way up. As I completed a section of hair, I moisturized and banded it before moving to the next section. Here is a picture halfway through the process:

Beautifully Curled: Converting Old Twists into a New Updo

I did not have a set style in mind but I knew it had to be something simple due to the time constraint (close to bedtime hence the use of the FLASH...gasp!). I decided to connect sections into a high puff and call it a night. Here was the finished style in the back (she would not let me get a good picture of the front view because of the flash...I understand):

Beautifully Curled: Converting Old Twists into a New Updo

Her hair was well moisturized from the co-wash and from the simple spritz I made (water and Shea Moisture Curl Milk). For extra measure overnight, I added a shower cap over her puff to keep it from flattening in the morning (along with her bonnet of course). All I had to do the next day was remove the cap and gently reshape her puff, which was moist and easy to manipulate.

Beautifully Curled: Converting Old Twists into a New Updo

She wore her puff out for two three days before I decided to band that section too in preparation for a new style. I almost always prefer for her hair to be stretched for her styles except when I am doing her twists. I love her twists to look plump and full after styling on damp hair.

Overall the style was pretty low maintenance and easy to do. She rarely wear her hair in a puff because the detangling process can be tedious after a few days so this style was a treat! Detangling her puff prior to banding it was not bad due to the fact that she had a trim a month ago. I gave special care to detangle mostly with my fingers compared to using a comb; her hair was saturated with moisturizing spritz prior to detangling. It is truly a time saver when old styles can be converted into a totally new style. :)

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