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Tips for Twists
It’s best to do your twists early in the morning (like on a weekend when there may be more time) to give them time to dry all day. It’s best to sleep in them. They can still be a little tiny bit damp when you sleep on them, but it’s best to make sure they are totally dry before you take them out, or else they will frizz really badly, or not set firmly to last all week. Sleeping on the twists gives them time to set. Then, in the morning, you can take them out. It’s best not to fingercomb them because that can make them fuzzy, as well as weaken the set.

two strand twists

Twists will give you spirals in your hair. The smaller each twist, the tighter the spiral. When you are setting your hair and it won’t hold the twist because all the curl has been taken out, you can put clips on the ends of your hair while it dries. Keep them on until time to sleep, then remove them only long enough to bun or braid your twists to keep them in place at night.

Another thing you can try is doing this same thing, but with several braids, or even two french braids on either side of your head. For braids, you probably need to make sure your hair is dry first (because air can’t get into braids to dry your hair very easily). Then spritz your hair lightly with a tiny amount of water to help it set, and braid your hair. Sleep in them. In the morning you should have lots of waves. Again, it’s best not to comb them or get them wet because it may ruin your set, or it won’t last all week.

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I braided and twisted my hair to achieve this updo style

Rolled and Pinned!

Half Kinky and Half Cornrows

Tons of color

My favorite protective style is Kinky Twists!!! They are fun, versatile, and easy to take out, which is my favorite part! LOL. Here are a few pictures of how I wore my twists. This is also how I grew out my relaxer and occasionally when I need a break from my natural hair, I will go back to this style over and over.


Rod Set (This post was written by my friend Natasha)

Rod setting Natural Hair:
This can also be a great transitioning style.
FYI: Determine how you want your curls before rodding hair: I like a ton of curls therefore I use a ton of rollers.


Tools Needed:

Wide Tooth Comb
Rat Tail Comb
Perm Rods (I use the purple ones as well as the gray ones)
Hair clips
Leave-in conditioner
Setting lotion, if desired (I dilute my setting lotion with leave-in conditioner)
Elasta QP Mango Butter (or whatever you choose to use to seal ends)
Hooded Dryer (optional)
Glosser or oil sheen
Satin Bonnet

Step-By- Step Instructions:


1. Begin with clean hair
2. Using Wide tooth comb, detangle hair from end to root
3. Section Hair in 4 parts (as if you were making 4 ponytails). Apply a little leave in condition to each section (so that hair doesn’t dry) and pin hair out of the way using hair clips
4. I always begin on my back left side. Start at nape of neck, part a small section of hair using rat tail comb ( I use fairly small sections because in my experience its harder to rod with too much hair on perm rod)
5. Spray that parted section of hair with leave-in concoction or whatever styling aid you’re using for your wet set. Using comb distribute evenly on hair
6. Put a dab of oil on your ends
7. To begin rolling hair start at the end, roll hair up the rod pulling as you go (doing this will get your roots fairly straight as well and it will also smooth hair)
8. Secure rod at root by fastening
9. Repeat steps 2-8 until the entire head is complete
10. Allow to dry. I normally air-dry for 1 hour and I sit under hooded dryer for 30 minutes
11. When you removing perm rods be sure to do this carefully because you do not want to alter the curl as you remove. I remove one rod at a time in a spiraling manner
12. When all rods are removed, I mist my hair with a glosser for added shine
Why is it a Protective Set?
This style lasts me for exactly one week and that’s with working out.
How do I maintain the style? Each night I apply either coconut oil to my hair or I spray oil sheen and I cover hair with satin bonnet. Each morning I separate the curls a little more and I fluff hair to make it fuller.


Kinky Twist


Kinky twists are a popular hairstyle worn by African-American women who enjoy showcasing the versatility of their natural hair texture. Kinky twists, also referred to as two strand twists, feature twisted locks of hair that are plump in appearance. Because of the texture of African American hair, no added products or extensions are needed in order to achieve this appearance, unless of course the individual wearing the style does not have naturally kinky hair.

Kinky Twists for Natural Hair

• For women with non-chemically treated hair, wearing kinky twists is a style that comes naturally. In order to achieve this style, natural hair can be twisted in its kinky state, or washed and lightly blow dried in order to stretch hair for elongated twists. It’s important to note that natural hair is prone to shrinkage and therefore will not retain its elongated appearance for long.
Kinky Twists for Short, Relaxed or Straight Hair
• Kinky twists can be achieved even if you don’t have naturally kinky hair. In fact, even women who retain their natural texture continue to opt for kinky twist extensions in order to protect their natural tresses or for the added length provided by extensions.
If you happen to have chemically straightened or naturally straight hair, the good news is that you can still wear this hairstyle. However, in order to achieve a plump, full look, you’ll be required to use kinky twist extension hair. This type of hair, sold under the name “Marley Braid hair” or “Afro Kinky hair” is crucial to achieving the plump appearance of kinky twists.

Tips & Tricks

• When you have natural hair, achieving kinky twists is as simple as twisting two strands of hair together to achieve a twist. However, for women who wish to wear this style, but do not have natural hair, starting off a kinky twist becomes a little more complicated. As a result, women have to resort to having their kinky twists started off with a braided base in order to secure the extension hair to each section of hair. Once the extension hair is secured, your stylist will then continue twisting the remaining extension hair.

Caring for Natural Hair Kinky Twists

• If you are wearing kinky twists using your natural hair, weekly maintenance is required to keep this hairstyle looking fresh. Natural hair is prone to frizz, tangles, and matting. In order to prevent this from occurring, it is recommended that you re-twist certain twists which begin to look worn overtime. If left unchecked, kinky twists on natural hair can begin to mat, forming what is known as dreadlocks. For this reason, natural haired kinky twist wearers should ensure that they are re-twisting sections of hair when needed.

How to Protect Hair While Wearing Kinky Twists

• In order to keep your hairstyle looking fresh, it is recommended that you wrap your kinky twists each night with a silk scarf to minimize frizz and matting. During the interim, applying a light oil helps keep your natural strands moisturized. When well taken care of, your kinky twists should last between one and three months before it needs to be redone.

Read more: Kinky Hair Twist Styles | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5325450_kinky-hair-twist-styles.html#ixzz1K5tK0M1A


HOW TO BRAID A KINKY TWIST

Things you will need:
• 2 bags, Kinky or Afro texture hair extensions
• Shampoo with conditioner
• Cold-wave rods
• Spray bottle
• Towels
• Boiling water
• Cup or bowl
• Blow-dryer

1. Wash your hair the day before you plan to do kinky twists. This removes excess oil so the extensions won’t slip off.
2. Grab a small section of your hair, near the ear, with your fingers.
3. Divide the hair into two parts. Place the hair extension on top of the two parts and twist your hair and the extension together by placing them between the thumb and index finger.
4. Firmly hold your hair and the extension together and wrap the two strands, left over right, until you reach the end of the hair extension.
5. Repeat steps two through five until you have twisted all of your hair.
6. Roll the ends of your kinky twist by placing several twists on a cold-wave rod.
7. Pour boiling water into a wide-mouth cup or bowl.
8. Cover your upper body with thick towels to prevent hot water from dripping directly onto you.
9. Dip the rod with the twists into the boiling water for 3-5 seconds.
10. Remove the twists from the water and immediately blot them dry with a towel.
11. Spray warm water over the hair. This helps the twists to set and not unravel.
Blow-dry your hair.


Written in the Washington Post by Teresa Wiltz

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fro-hawk has been in, and out, and in again, but right now, in the waning days of summer, it’s enjoying a certain renaissance.
See it doing a low-rise fade on Redman as he bounces onstage with the Wu-Tang Clan recently at the “Rock the Bells” rap tour. Or check it out, in all its glamour-girl glory, on Jack Davey, from the Los Angeles electronica duo J*Davey.

And stalk the gallery at Afropunk.com, the online community that sprang up in the wake of filmmaker James Spooner’s 2003 documentary of the same name, and you’ll encounter a bevy of fro-hawked folk who go by such monikers as AfrocousticPunk and Aunaturale22.

To be black and Mohawked — or fro-hawked — is to rage against both the machine and one’s own community, a double dose of in-your-face outsiderism.
“I wanted to be the ultimate rebel,” says New York artist/musician/indie label owner M.J. Zilla, who cut her waist-length dreads a couple of years back in favor of a flat-top/fro-hawk hybrid. “What better way to do it than to do the Mohawk? Socially, I’m making that statement: I’m definitely not going to conform any more …

“It’s a symbol, a visual reference. They can say, ‘Oh yeah, we knew she’s trouble.’ ”

Consider the Mohawk, circa 1979, straight tresses shellacked into submission and directed upward, standing out against an expanse of shaved scalp. It provided instant identification with outrage and rebel status, with punk music and the culture that sprang up around it.

Then consider today’s fro-hawk, kinked out or dreadlocked tresses directed upward, marching across the shorn pates of those of African descent. Think about Fishbone, rocking it out in the late ’80s, blending punk, funk, ska, rap and metal. (But please, don’t think about Mr. T.)

It’s just hair, some folks like to say. No, it’s not — it’s never just hair, certainly when you are African and American. The personal tends to dance with the political.
Why now? Part of it is the inevitable swing back to ’80s-inspired duds — the preoccupation with skinny jeans and leather jackets, stiletto booties and neon brights. Perhaps it’s a response to hard economic times, to widespread layoffs and the fear that accompanies them, a giant nose-thumb to the idea that to work in corporate America, you’ve got to look a certain way.

“It’s like, ‘You don’t have a job, do you?’ ” says Melvin Collins, a 34-year-old stylist, laughing.

Collins says he was never a follower. He was a brother who wore skinny Levi’s 501s in a sea of baggies that slid south.

Just don’t call it a fro-hawk.

“It’s not a fro-hawk, it’s a Mohawk,” Collins says. “We just put a twist to it.”
Says his buddy Tim Slayton, 26, a visual artist who rocks a locked Mohawk, “Just because I’m a black guy with a Mohawk doesn’t mean that it should be called ‘fro-hawk.’ ”

“It’s a little racist,” Collins says.
There are others who embrace the word. Fro-hawk, they say, is specific to a hair texture, a people, an attitude.

“I think it’s descriptive,” says Zilla, for whom the hairstyle is at once an homage to her Afro/Sioux/Blackfoot roots and a sign of affiliation with the 21st Century Maroon Colony, a black arts collective.

“It is what it is. There is a difference to me between a person of color who wears a fro-hawk and white person who wears a Mohawk.”

And then there are those — like Damon Locks (yes, that’s his real name), a 39-year-old veteran of the punk scene — who draw a distinction between the fro-hawk and the Mohawk’s ’80s-era punk roots. And not in a good way.

“I’m not a fan of the fro-hawk,” says Locks, who first Mohawked his hair in ’83 as a teenager. The Mohawk, he says, always had an agitating element. On the other hand, the fro-hawk, he says, “is not only soft and fluffy, it’s kind of trendy and not agitating, really — it’s more like a popular haircut.” Even toddlers and tweens can be spotted sporting it.

“It’s strange, [nearly] 30 years later, to see it as a fashion statement,” says Locks, who appears in “Afropunk.” “I see it taken on by black kids that want to express themselves and show that they’re different. …

“It has almost nothing to do with punk today,” continues Locks, who now alternates between a big curly ‘fro and hacked off. “It’s clearly a stylistic choice and devoid of any potency, and that’s kind of upsetting. Now it’s lost its vigor. Its objective from the get-go was to make a point.”

Don’t even get him started on the faux-hawk: Ricky Martin. “American Idol’s” Sanjaya Malakar. Patti Labelle. Celebs who sport full heads of hair gelled and manhandled until it reaches skyward, toe-dipping in the waters of rebellion. A good strong shampoo, and it’s gone. A true Mohawk, its fans say, requires commitment. A willingness to expose scalp.

“If you’re gonna do it, just do it right,” says Spooner of “Afropunk,” who abandoned the Mohawk/fro-hawk years ago. “When you see somebody who has two inches of hair and they’ve only shaved two inches off the side, it looks so lame. …

“If you’re going to do it, do it. Otherwise, you just look like a poser.”


You carefully two-strand twisted your hair, using your favorite products. You covered your hair before bed, ready to rock the twist-out the next day. In the morning, you uncover your hair, gently unravel every twist, give your head a little shake and walk out the door. In a couple of hours, however, your hair no longer looks like a twist-out, but more like a blow-out. What went wrong?
Twist-outs are a wonderful natural hairstyle. You get a lot of versatility, depending on the size of twists you make as well as how long you leave them in before unraveling. When you want to turn one hairstyle into two, a twist-out is one of the easiest ways to do it. You start off with two-strand twists, which you can wear for a few days or a week; undo them and now you have another style with little effort.
To make those twist-outs last longer than your commute from bathroom to outdoors, try these tips when making the twists in the first place. Remember, preparation is key.
Use the Right Products for Your Hair
Black hair comes in so many different textures that one product doesn’t work for everyone. Your hair may be loosely curled and respond to one type of product. Tightly coiled hair might work better with another. Experimentation is often a big part of finding the perfect product for you. Look for products that offer some type of hold if you plan to turn your twists into a twist-out. Use an alcohol-free gel with medium to firm hold, either alone or with another product (preferably a moisturizing one). Using a combination of products might be enough to give you a twist-out that doesn’t swell into another style altogether.
Smaller is Better for Twist-Outs
While the size of your two-strand twists doesn’t much matter when you’re wearing them in a twisted style, size does matter for twist-outs. Smaller twists lend themselves better to longer lasting twist-outs. It will take more time to fashion small size twists, but the effort is worth it when you have a twist-out that lasts.
Leave Twists in Longer
Consider how your hair will look if you style two-strand twists that are left in for several hours, overnight or for a few days. You’ll see a difference in how each of these twist-outs look. The longer you leave twists in, the stronger the set for your twist-out, and the longer it’s likely to last.
Nighttime Care Is Important
Once you’ve worn a twist-out all day, you need to care for your hair before going to sleep to preserve it. A cap or bonnet may flatten your hair, so you can either sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase, or choose one of those huge hair bonnets that are roomy enough not to crush your hairstyle. You can re-twist your hair if you like; it doesn’t have to be as exact as a twist style you’d wear outside. In the morning, you might find a little spritz of water or replenishing mist helps refresh your twist-out.
Finally, accept that this may be a one-day style only. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to make your twist-outs last longer than one day and you still haven’t been successful, realize that some hair types are going to frizz more easily than others. For some people, a two-day twist-out is just not doable, either due to their hair type or the weather. Natural hair swells and wants to curl in moist air; if you attempt a twist-out during humid summer months, you probably won’t get the long-lasting hold you’d get in a non-humid climate or season. If you live in a non-humid area or attempt a twist-out in the fall and winter, you may have better luck with stretching that twist-out time further.


Flat twists are a neat way to add a protective style to your hair repertoire. Regular two strand twists, which can hang loosely, are usually best for natural hair, but flat twists work well on natural and relaxed textures. They’re similar to cornrows, but may be more user-friendly to beginners; you work with two strands of hair at a time with flat twists instead of three, as you do with cornrows.

To begin flat twisting hair, start with a part at the hairline.
Continue the part you started at the hairline straight back to the nape of the neck. The end of a rat-tail comb is useful for making neat parts.
From the section of hair that you parted, begin working with a small section at the hairline. Now divide the small section of hair at the hairline into two equal parts.

Twist the two sections of hair around each other as you move back along this parted section.

As you twist the hair, gently incorporate hair from the parted section into the twist as you work back. It’s important to use the right tension so that you don’t cause any pain or damage the hair follicles with tight styling.

If the hair is long enough, you’ll reach a point where the twist is no longer attached to the scalp. You may want to secure the twist here, but it’s not necessary. Experiment and see what works best for you. Here, a small butterfly clip is used to keep the twist from unraveling. You’ll often find that the thicker and curlier the hair, the better it is at holding itself together without worry of coming untwisted.

Continue twisting the hair until you reach the ends. If desired, secure the ends with covered elastics or barrettes. Natural hair can usually secure itself without additional help.

Repeat the flat twists over the entire head. As you become more comfortable with your technique, you may find yourself creating parts that direct to one side instead of straight back, for more variety.

These are basic flat twists, secured at the nape with small butterfly clips. While this is a good choice for children, adult women may not want to sport accessories. You have other options in styling flat twists as well.


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