Protective Style Challenge: Week 26; Mini Twists

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This week I’m back in a long term protective style. July is probably the driest month of the year and there is so much dust around that it just makes sense to hide the hair away.

I decided to stop being lazy and finally do some mini twists. I used to wear these quite often in year two of being natural but got lazy and moved on to protective styles with extensions in year 3. I decided to revisit them because they are a good example of a style that lasts quite a while. I tend to keep mine in for six week at the most. They are easy to maintain and allow access to both the scalp and ends of the hair. I will tell you how I maintain my hair and keep it moisturised as the weeks go on. As with the last set of twists I did I will attempt a different way of styling them every week.

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I started twisting with trepidation on Friday evening and kept doing sections all weekend. The bulk of the hair was twisted on Sunday. I would say all in all, without breaks, it probably took me about 6 hours. The twists are tiny but deliberately not too tight.

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I chose to twist on stretched hair which is why I had Bantu knots in last week. I didn’t want too much shrinkage because I want to be able to style the hair. I moisturised with a leave in conditioner and sealed with Avocado oil before twisting each section.

A great trick for knowing how moisturised your ends are while they are in twists is to see how fuzzy they are. Bushy ends tend to mean either a lack of moisture or split ends.

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Spritz the ends with water, apply your leave in conditioner and seal with an oil or butter. I’m using Shea butter this season because of how dry it is.

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When your ends visibly curl up then you know they are happy and moisturised.

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My plan is to keep these in until at least the middle of August. I’m having so much fun with them already. I love the fact that I can play in my hair without actually manipulating it too much.

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2 responses to “Protective Style Challenge: Week 26; Mini Twists

  1. Pingback: Protective Style Challenge: Week 27 Half and half mini twists | ZedHair·

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