Protective styling: flat twist out and braid out (updated with video)

Hi everyone, i have included a short video at the bottom of this article, to show how i braid and flat twist my hair.

With hair products, less is more. When our hair gets to a certain length we begin to explore different styles, but at the same time we need to remember not to over manipulate our hair. If our hands are constantly in our hair, we will damage our hair. So it is best if you can pick a protective style that will last for a week or two or even a month.

Welcome back everyone ๐Ÿ˜บ to another hair topic. Today is the beginning of the protective style episode, Yayy ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ!!! We will be looking at two of my favourite and go-to styles, the flat twist out and the braid out.ย 

These are beautiful and easy styles that can be done in minutes and with amazing results. You can do both styles on damp or dry hair. I have noticed that I get better results when I do these styles on damp hair. In my opinion, it is easier to work with natural hair when it is damp, that way you can detangle any knot you come across easier.ย The tools you will need are;

  • A spray bottle
  • Some hair clips
  • A wide toothed comb or your fingers
  • Any styling product of your choice: the ones i will be using today are;
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    Smooth ‘N shine polishing curled up mousse.

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    Cantu Shea butter coconut oil shine & hold mist

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My hair care routine ๐ŸŒŸ.

Have you ever been stuck at a certain hair length? Or just feel as if your hair isn’t growing? Well I have been there and it was not great, because who doesn’t want long hair right ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ! But then after so much research I discovered I was doing it all wrong. I decided to transition from relaxed to natural, and I did so for 9 months before I finally decided to snip off the relaxed ends, and I was free! Then it hit me ๐Ÿ’ก, instead of worrying about hair growth, why not learn to understand my hair and at the same time take care of it and still achieve growth. Now it doesn’t matter if you have relaxed hair or its in its natural state, your hair will grow if you treat it right.

Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog post. I am so happy to be sharing my thoughts and ideas with you all, which in turn I hope will help you make your life easier. Now let’s get to work!

My hair care routine.

There are a few things I like to do before I wash my hair and you could also try these things and see how easy it makes managing your hair to be.

  1. Be in a good state of mind: last thing you want is to be sad or upset and handle your hair๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฝ, because you might just end up frustrated that it’s either not cooperating with you or its to hard.
  2. Make out time: I have wash days. Mainly once every week because I do not like to manipulate my hair a lot. Making out time will be good for both you and your hair as you will be relaxed and comfortable and not have to rush the process.
  3. Get your tools together: you’ll need a wide toothed comb or your fingers, some clips, some conditioner (this can be substituted with hair mayonnaise, deep conditioner, olive oil or castor oil), a little bowl and you’re ready to go.

Steps before washing;

  • Make sure your nails or nail polish are not chipped (this is to prevent hair from being snagged).
  • Divide your hair into 4 sections

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  • Clip each section away or use a hair band to hold it in place.
  • Start from one section by parting the hair and adding your conditioner (I usually mix my conditioner with either coconut oil or Jamaican black castor oil in a bowl). These things make the detangling process as smooth as possible.
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  • Here you can either use your fingers to detangle or a wide toothed comb. Detangle each section carefully starting from the bottom up. This helps to loosen knots at the tip of your hair, thereby reducing breakage.
  • When one side has been detangled, twist and clip back up.IMG_0812
  • Once your done with the detangling process it’s time to wash that bad boy.

Washing.

I like to wash my hair with a shampoo and conditioner that is free from sulfur, because sulfur strips your hair of naturalย oils, moisture and nutrients which you need to retain. The few brands I can recommend are;

  • Cantu Shea butter shampoo and conditioner
  • Dove quench absolute shampoo and conditioner (this i’ll be using today)IMG_0791
  • Amla legend shampoo and conditioner
  • Creme of nature Argan oil shampoo and conditioner
  • Pantene repair and protect ย shampoo and conditioner
  • Shea moisture shampoo and conditioner
  • Olive oil (ors) shampoo and conditioner.

I like to wash my hair while I’m in the shower. So you can either remove the clips holding the sections of hair or you can leave them in and wash your hair section by section. Make sure you rinse out all the conditioner or oils used in detangling with warm water before using shampoo. After shampooing your hair, rinse out with warm water again to remove any residue left. Then apply your conditioner and cover it with a shower cap for about 3 to 5 minutes and rinse out with cold water. This helps retain some moisture in your hair.

After washing I pat my hair with a towel or an old cotton t-shirt. Now if your hair is still divided and clipped up no worries, but if it isn’t, you’ll have to divide it into four sections again to finish off.

  1. Apply a leave in conditioner or oil to each damp section of hair and comb through with a comb or your fingers.
  2. Once applied to all sections, you can either leave it like that which will be a wash and go style or you can go ahead to style your hair.
  3. And viola, clean moisturized hair.

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