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Fall protective style: Kinky twists

Caribana weekend, the Hubby’s aunt, cousin, wife and kids were in town to get on bad and palance throughout Toronto. The Hubby’s cousin’s wife had some cute kinky twists in and I was like, “how long did that take?”

“I did them myself,” she answered. “It took about eight hours — I did other things, looked after the kids, took some breaks — but it was about eight hours.”

Hmmm… I thought about it. Back in the day, when I was a poor university student who didn’t have $60 to get my hair done, I would take a weekend and braid my own hair. That’s why I realized how much my hair benefited from protective styles. I braided my own hair until I moved to Toronto and started working full-time. At that point, I had the money to pay a skilled braider to hook me up.

Now, after a fun-filled, travel heavy and expensive summer, I remember what it was like to be a student with no cash flow. I knew I had some afro kinky hair knocking around the house and Labour Day weekend was coming up. Why not twist my hair myself?

On the Friday of Labour Day, my plan was to wash my hair and start braiding, but my sister-in-law and I made plans to see Takers. (Good movie. Great man candy. Idris is HOT.) So, I washed my hair that morning with Val’s Veggie Bar Pure Olive Oil soap, conditioned with Aussie Moist and braided it in about 10 thick braids – making sure to detangle my ends. That, readers, is my biggest issue. I never seem to detangle my ends well and then I have to deal with trashy ends. This time I did a good job of making sure that my ends were smooth and curly — with lots of Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner and oil.

After all of that, I slapped on my wig and headed off to the movies.

The next morning, I started twisting at 9:15 am. I was using Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream… but that didn’t do the job. It was  too light — it didn’t feel like there was anything on my hair. I needed something that was thick. I pulled out Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter.

Now, that stuff is thick! I really do like it.

I’ve learned that the key to good twists, aside from technique, is good twisting hair. Get good quality — if it feels dry in package, it will look dry in your hair. I had another brand of hair that I had bought in Montreal — I would give you the name to warn you, but I was so disgusted by it I tossed it. And I realized why I still had it: I brought it into the salon to have my hair twisted with it and it looked so dry and bad that I took the twists out after three weeks. You don’t spend over $100 for three weeks. That dry, dusty hair hit the garbage with a quickness.

Back to the recent twisting. A couple of hours later this is what I had:

Not too shabby, eh? I'm pretty proud of myself

It was a lot of dang work, but it was well worth it. I think I will keep these in for four weeks — I was aiming for eight, but I want to try it out again. Then I’ll re-twist for Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). I’ll probably get it blown straight for Christmas and a length check and back to the twists for 2011.

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7 thoughts on “Fall protective style: Kinky twists”

  1. Thanks for some encouragement with styles. I am beginning to lose the fight. Lately I’ve been wanting to get a relaxer and rock the short, low-maintenance styles I’m used to. I wonder if this is a phase? HELP!!!

    1. Back away from the relaxer! Put down the scissors!

      It’s probably a phase. When I get tired of my hair — dealing with it daily/weekly, styling, loving — I braid it up for a couple of weeks. Then I realize how much I miss playing in it and I want my kinks back. Try a couple of weeks of it braided and see how you feel. If you want to cut it, maybe it’s more than a phase. But don’t reach for the relaxer. Don’t do it!!

      1. Thanks girl. I’m going to try and hang in there. I prayed for length and now that I’ve got some, I’m complaining at how much more work it is. My afro is getting massive and needs more TLC. I think what it is is I went swimming and didn’t have my usual products, so my hair is not cooperating like it usually does and my greys are peeking through something awful. I am going to dye it soon and give it a deep treatment. After that, I’ll see if I’m still talking about the creamy crack!

  2. only a few hours to twist it yourself? wow.

    i guess you used fairly large parts.
    when i did mine, they were smaller and it took 8hrs!

    I’d do it again if I could get it to stay with larger parts.
    And a month is max for me to keep it in – then I get antsy and need to ‘feel my head’!

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