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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.

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Crochet braids
Crochet braids are a type of hairstyle option typically used by black women. As the name suggests, a crochet needle is used to weave packaged hair into natural hair that has been French braided or braided into corn rows. These types of braids are a favorite for many women because of the fact that they are a low-cost, low-maintenance way to easily change hair styles. These braids also are easy on the scalp, creating a quick, pain-free hairstyle that can allow for an easy get-up-and-go routine in the mornings.
In order to create these braids, one must know how to use a crochet needle and how to style several different types of braids. Some popular braid styles include twist braids, French braids and cornrow braids. Crochet braids typically are woven into, or crocheted into, hair that has been braided into one of these styles. Oftentimes, women gather in groups to style each other’s hair into these complicated braided styles because it often is easier to braid someone else’s hair than braiding one’s own. The braids also are commonly style in styling salons, which may be the easiest option but may cost a bit more.
There are two main effects women commonly use crochet braids to achieve. They often are used to add a splash of color to natural hair. The crochet braids can even be woven in to cover natural hair, leaving one complete braided hairstyle in the color of the purchased crochet braids. Crochet braids may also be used to create longer hair styles. Very long braids can be woven in and then cut to the desired length.
Crochet braids are a popular choice not only because they can help create a quick, fashionable hairstyle, but also because they’re a low-cost and low-maintenance way to change a hairstyle. Once the braids are woven in, daily hair-care requirements are typically greatly reduced. These types of braids also don’t cost a lot of money compared to many other extension options. These types of braids don’t require hair glue, caps or any of the other things that extensions sometimes require. The result is that this hair style is very easy on your scalp. People who have a sensitive scalp or who want to give their scalp a rest from more intense hairstyles may use these braids for awhile because of that reason.

How To Crochet Hair
NOTE: It is very hard to understand without a visual so here is a youtube video who helped me understand this style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fiLWQ_IFuE

1. Begin your style by separating your hair into small equal sections on your head, parting the hair from front to back. Begin creating small french braids in each section by picking up a one inch section from your separated row to braid, and then adding more hair from the row with each knot of your braid. Cornrow braid the entire head of hair from the forehead to the nape of the neck. Secure each row with a rubber band. This lays the plan for all desired styles.
2. Slide the hook end of the crochet needle under the first braid of the cornrow on the left side of the head with the hook pointing upwards.
3. Fold a small section of your packaged hair in half, holding it to leave a loop at the end.
4. Place the folded end of the hair around the hook of the crochet needle and pull the hair under the cornrow.
5. Using your fingers, pull the two loose ends of the packaged hair through the loop and tighten. The strand should lay over the top of the row, covering the natural braided hair.
6. Continue crocheting the hair down the cornrow leaving only small spaces between the rows until the entire head is covered.
7. Cut your hair to the desired style. Layered looks and Bob styles are popular with crochet braids along with long flowing one-length looks. Remove the added locks by simply cutting the packaged hair at the crocheted loop


BRAID OUT

A “braid out,” is an easy way for people of any hair texture to have soft waves without a permanent change or hours of QT with a curling iron. Before you head in to braid out, find a couple things to consider when you read more.

• Know how your braids last best. If your hair type becomes more flyaway and slippery with shampoo or conditioner, skip that step before starting this style. (Personally, I condition only and do not wash.)
• Holding product equals holding power. Add your favorite leave-in after stepping out of the shower with a bit of spray gel/ hairspray on your wet hair before starting each section. Sleeping on the wet style will allow you to get curlies while you (don’t) wait . . . and offer conditioning time, too.
• Wavy, wavier, waviest as desired. Typically, more braids mean more waves and thicker hair will result in more volume and require more braids for more definition. You’ll get a much tighter curl from several cornrows than you will from one tight French braid style, but it’s not essential to use those braiding techniques. Just know, the closer you can get to your scalp when starting, the higher up your waves will begin.
If you’re not a self-styling pro, grab a pal and take turns braiding each other’s hair. It’s like Summer camp all over again . . . this time minus the chlorine and bug bites.

What You Need
• Perm Rods
• Rat Tail Comb
• Spray Bottle
• Setting Lotion
• End Papers (optional)

Starting with wet hair?

Step 1 Wash and condition your hair.

Step 2 Towel dry most of the water out of your hair (remember to squeeze the water out. Don’t rub with the towel).

Starting with dry hair?

Step 3 Comb moisturizing leave-in conditioner and a little setting lotion through your hair (if you start with dry hair it will get a bit damp at this point and that’s fine).

Step 4 Section your hair into parts, depending on how defined you want your waves to be. Small sections give tight waves and big sections give loose waves.

Step 5 Braid or plait the section of hair all the way to the ends. Use a small magnetic roller or rod to roll the ends of the hair about half way up. This gives definition to the ends and makes them look finished.

Step 6 Continue to section, braid and end roll until your entire head is done (make sure to check if you left any hairs hanging out).

Step 7 Dry your hair either with a bonnet dryer or let it air dry during the day or while you sleep. Make sure your hair is fully dry before you take down the braids or the style won’t hold.

Step 8 When you’re ready to take them down use a little bit of serum on your hands and gently undo the rods and separate each braid.
When they are all out, gently massage your scalp to loosen up the hair and “disguise” the parts that you made at the roots. Fluff the hair and finger comb to style if you want more volume.

Tips For A Perfect Braid Out

• Be gentle when you’re combing your wet hair. It snaps easily under pressure.
• Maintain this style by wearing a satin cap to bed at night and using a hair gloss on the morning.
• Use your fingers to fluff the hair up if it goes flat while you sleep.
• This style will last 3-7 days depending on your hair (coarse hair holds this style longer than fine hair) and whether or not you get it wet.
• If you want your waves to be more defined, do them on wet hair.


BRAIDS
A braid (also called plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibres, wire, or human hair. Compared to the process of weaving a wide sheet of cloth from two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others.
The simplest possible braid is a flat, solid, three-strand structure in some countries/cases called a plat . More complex braids can be constructed from an arbitrary (but usually odd) number of strands to create a wider range of structures: wider ribbon-like bands, hollow or solid cylindrical cords, or broad mats which resemble a rudimentary perpendicular weave.
Braids are commonly used to make rope, decorative objects, and hairstyles (also see pigtails, French braid). Complex braids have been used to create hanging fibre artworks.
Cornrows (or canerows) are a traditional West African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed, as the name implies, in simple, straight lines, but they can also be formed in complicated geometric or curvilinear designs.
Often favored for their easy maintenance, cornrows can be left in for weeks at a time simply by carefully washing the hair and then regularly oiling the scalp and hair.
Cornrowed hairstyles are often adorned with beads or cowry shells, in the African tradition. Depending on the region of the world, cornrows are typically worn by either men or women.
Unlike the simplest form of three-strand braid, in which all of the hair is initially divided into three sections which are simultaneously gathered together near the scalp (also known as an “English braid”), a French braid starts with three small sections of hair near the crown of the head; these initial sections are braided together toward the nape of the neck, gradually adding more hair to each section as it crosses in from the side into the center of the braid structure. The final result incorporates all of the hair into a smoothly woven pattern over the scalp. If the main mass of hair is initially parted into two or more sections along the scalp that are kept separate from one another, multiple French braids may be created, each in its own section.
Compared to the simplest form of hair braid, a French braid has several practical advantages: it can restrain hair from the top of the head that is too short to reach the nape of the neck, and it spreads the weight and tension of the braid across a larger portion of the scalp. Its sleeker appearance is also sometimes viewed as more elegant and sophisticated. However, a French braid is more difficult to construct than a simple braid because of its greater complexity; when performed on one’s own hair, it also requires a more prolonged elevation of the hands above the back of the head, and leaves more tangled hair along the scalp when unbraiding.


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