Do you struggle to achieve defined curls in your natural hair? Don’t worry, you are in the right place. Remember each curly hair type has its own characteristics that may need somewhat different care and styling products. Below are steps and videos that help me get my natural hair in a cute defined twist out hairstyle and probably might help you too. My hair is type 4c thin hair with medium to low porosity. I hope you enjoy. Please don’t forget to comment below. You can also share your experiences with this hairstyle.
- On cleansed damp hair apply your favorite leave in and sealant that you know will condition and protect your hair
- Blow dry (low heat setting) your hair to open cuticles and better the processes
- Include a styling cream or gel for more definition
- The smaller the twists, the more definition you will get
- Let hair dry completely
- Apply oil to your hands to smooth the separation process and minimize frizz
- Lightly lift roots with a pick being careful not to pull all the way through, and style your Twist Out as you please
On Clean damp 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 (condition). Your hair should be totally free of knots and tangles. It’s vital 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 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 CutAfrik Afro Styler (all in one). It is a conditioner, sealant ad styling cream.
Blow dry hair on low setting
This may sound ridiculous but the truth is heat is not as bad as people are trained to think. Actually with wet hair, research shows that hair can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water, which makes it weaker and more susceptible to damage from brushing and styling. So we want to take back the hair’s molecular structure where it is stronger and this will also allow room for more product to be. Just after washing, your hair has absorbed a lot of water and will therefore find it hard to absorb anything else. By allowing your hair to dry and let go some of the water, it will be able to absorb more product. Blow drying before styling will not only open the cuticles but will give a more stretched voluminous defined finished hairstyle. This is especially important for those with type 4 hair since it naturally has un defined curl thin strands. So blow drying first will accelerate the processes making hair easier to manipulate and enabling you get better results. This is a great advantage for those with low porosity hair. Now take note, the method in which you administer heat to your hair is very key. Make sure your sealant is a good heat protectant to beat the heat by reducing friction and keeping the outer cuticles smooth. Use your dryer on a low heat and speed setting at first so the hair doesn’t over heat (remember it’s far more vulnerable to heat when wet). Hold the hairdryer 15 centimeters from the head and dry with a continuous motion in sections. Remember, not to take long at this particular period because you are simply preparing your hair, not straightening.
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. As I said before, I use CutAfrik Afro Styler, a curling cream that is all in one, conditioner, sealant and styler.
The smaller the twists, the more definition you’ll get!
Smaller to medium twists are another secret to definition. Working in smaller sections will give better room for the products to deeply penetrate into the hair strands giving your twist a juicy bouncy curls.
Let your hair dry completely. For maximum definition, leave the twists in for a day or two.
Study shows leaving hair to dry naturally can be more damaging than intense heat. As we have already seen, hair can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water, which makes it weaker. Natural drying takes time, so the longer hair stays wet, the more the cortex swells and cracks, permanently damaging hair. To be specific, causing the cell membrane (The cell membrane complex is the material that glues hair cells together) to crack, permanently damaging the hair. Although using a hair dryer causes more surface damage than natural drying, using a hair dryer at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion causes less damage than drying hair naturally. So blow drying would be a better option since its quicker than air drying and remember this will give you a more stretched voluminous and shiny curls.
Take note that 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.
Using oily hands(fingers) 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 about a week, 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. I could spritz some water and then some oil for shine and refresh, when necessary. You can gently lift roots again with a pick and re-gel edges.
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