- On wet or damp clean hair, apply your leave-in conditioner and then seal in with an oil sealant or heavy cream depending on your hair texture
This will help improve the feel, appearance and manageability of your hair. Your hair should be totally free of knots and tangles. It’s best to detangle your hair thoroughly in order to get the best definition. So the conditioner will help reduce friction between strands of hair to allow smoother brushing or combing, among other benefits like hair repair and strengthening. Work the leave-in into the hair as you detangle. Applying the oil or heavy cream sealant on top of the leave-in conditioner locks moisture into the strands. I use my DIY leave-in that is oil based so I don’t have to add oil. It’s both a conditioner and sealant.
- Do two strand twists with a styling cream or styling gel.
A styling or curling cream is basically a mixture of cream and gel. The curling cream or gel is oriented to define your style (curls) and give it hold for some good number of days. To my DIY leave-in conditioner and sealant I add homemade flaxseed gel. Shea moisture among others has good product combos to achieve this.
- The smaller the twists, the more definition you’ll get!
Smaller to medium twists are another secret to definition. Smaller twists will give better room for the products to deeply penetrate into the hair strands giving your twist a juicy bouncy look.
- Let your hair air dry overnight. For maximum definition, leave the twists in for a day or two.
If you unravel the twists before your hair is properly dry, then you are going to realize maximum frizz and less definition.
- Apply oil to your hands to smooth the separation process and minimize frizz.
So gently separate the two strand twists or flat twists. If you like bigger fluffier hair you can gently separate each strand further until your hair is as big as you want it. Note that the more you separate, the more likely it is that you’ll get frizz.
- Lightly lift roots with a pick being careful not to pull all the way through, and style your Twist Out as you please.
Pick the roots if you must. If you naturally have bigger hair, then you may not tamper with the roots as your hair will gradually get itself together as the day goes. Add gel to sleek down the edges if you like. The result is a super defined Twist Out that will retain moisture and definition for up to a week or more, without re-twisting or adding product. To maintain the style, I sleep with a satin bonnet or silk material and fluff with my hands in the morning. You can gently lift roots again with a pick and re-gel edges. I also spray a little olive oil spray for shine and refresh, when necessary.
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