Is your hair a curly mess? Kinky twisting it would be really cool as you can do almost any style with a kinky twist. The beautiful long twists are lovely enough for any woman who wants to have their locks to be more stylish and not too messy.
If you’re planning to have kinky twists then you’ll need to have hair extensions especially when your hair is mid-length (kinky twists are known to shorten the natural hair). Afro in kinky twists is also a popular updo because of its sexy aura that has been seen in the media. This is also a common choice for those who want to wear their hair naturally and those who do not want chemicals to touch their hair.
One thing that made me love about kinky twists is that they last 6 to 8 weeks if properly maintained. How to do kinky twists should not be a problem but an adventure since this is about your hair and you should have fun while doing it yourself. It takes about 5-6 hours to do a kinky twist but the hours can vary with how long or how thick the twists are. Some may opt to obtain a kinky twist in a salon but it would be a whole different experience to do it yourself aside from saving cash since it can get very expensive in the salon. Kinky twisting your hair is actually easy but there are specific steps that you should follow to make the process easier.
Why choose Kinky Twists?
Kinky twists are one of the most versatile braids out there as you can wear them whatever you want. My top favorites are:
- Putting my twists up in a high donut-shaped bun which I really love since it is very elegant,
- French twists, this is great for weddings or for any fancy occasion
- I flip my hair to the side and secure it with some hairpins, which I wear for night outs and
- The long kinky twists inspired by my favorite singer from Little Mix, Leigh-Anne. For more kinky twists hairstyle ideas check this website out: (https://fmag.com/kinky-twists) as they’ve got cool mixes of textures like braiding the hair in cornrows before the kinky twists. I also often look for some cool kinky twists styles on Pinterest as they also got a huge collection of kinky twist ideas where I can wear to work, meetings, and parties in one!
Another reason why kinky twists are the bomb is that they are low maintenance. The question of how to do kinky twist can be easily done by you plus it requires lesser time and products. As a protective hairstyle, it does not require a lot of stuff to be able to work beautifully, the secret is to just do the procedure of kinky twisting properly and it will take care of itself in 2-3 months.
Furthermore, it is a popular updo as celebrities Shahida Omar, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Danielle Mone has been wearing kinky twists!
Equipment for Kinky Twisting
Before starting the process you need to prepare the things to perform the process first. Here are the must-haves for doing step 1:
- Hair extensions
As explained previously, hair extensions are a must for kinky twists if you want to achieve long locks. This is the brand I’m using HmtAfro Brazilia to achieve my afro kinky twists. Choose the right hair extension as it should not be too smooth to be able to maintain your kinky twists. Three or four packets of hair extension would be enough for a regular-sized head.
- Rattail comb
If you are a first timer, then you definitely need this to part your hair into equal sections for kinky twists.
Choose a wide and adjustable mirror that comes with lighting, you need to be accurate with the twists that you are going to make.
Some use this and some don’t but I prefer to apply gel on my hair to seal them and keep the neat look for a long time. Here are the most popular products to seal you twists and braids: Cantu Shea Butter, The Roots Naturelle Braid, and Shea Moisture.
- Hair clips
To keep your hair in place.
- Wide-toothed comb
For hair detangling when prepping the hair.
- Hair cutting scissors
To snip off the messy ends.
- Hair ties and hair bands
The equipment needed for kinky twisting very accessible and it actually doesn’t require much which is already a good thing.
Kinky Twisting Steps
If you got a lot of time and if you want to save money from going to the salon then it would be really practical to do it yourself, not only does it saves you money but it also adds up to your skills. Now here’s the answer to the long-awaited question: How to do Kinky Twist? Here are the steps:
1. Prep your hair
Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb until it is nice and smooth.
2. Divide your hair into sections
Next, divide your hair into equal sections at about one inch wide for each. Use the rat tail comb with a consistent amount of hair to be made into twists. Start with the front of your head since this is the easiest part. Then add gel afterward as needed. Use the hair clips to keep any stray hair in place or any hair that will be twisted yet. If you want a longer length of twists then you need to prepare the extensions.
3. Attaching the extensions
When attaching the hair, take a section of the extension and divide it in half. Place the fold of the root of a piece of natural hair so that you have three sections. Then carefully twist each of the three sections in a standard braid for an inch wide for the purpose of securing the braids on the hair, this is great for securing your hair well. Pinch the hair with the fingers of your dominant hand and start twisting from the roots to the tips. Twist in a downward manner down the length of your hair. What to do with excess hair? Simply snip the excess hairs with a pair of scissors. This is one good video by Abronoma ‘Dafia09’ which is very easy to follow.
4. Seal your hair
You can opt to apply gel to your hair to seal all the kinky twists well. One very effective trick is to place the tips of your hair in hot boiling water for 5-7 seconds. Then dry the ends of your hair with a satin towel.
For my first time DIY kinky twist, I relied heavily on this video by Breanna Rutter.
Kinky Twists Hair Care
A properly cared for kinky twists can stay in good shape for a long good time of three months. To not waste the time and effort being invested on the twists, simply follow the following essentials with kinky twists care.
Use satin or silk pillowcases
This is important as your twists need to stay in shape and undisturbed as much as possible compared to cotton ones that will tag on your hair and make it frizzy.
Keep your twists moisturized
I prefer a water based moisturizer, to an oil based one because this is lighter and does not attract a build-up of dirt which will definitely lead to greasy icky hair. I use the spray in conditioner and an oil or hair butter 2 or 3 times a week. Here are some great suggestions:
- It’s a 10 Haircare Miracle
- Aveeno Nourish+ Condition Leave-In Treatment
- Sexy Hair Concepts
- Molivera Organics
- Aria Starr Beauty ORGANIC Argan Oil
Wash your hair
It is possible to wash your hair as it is unavoidable to get a build-up of dirt and grease on your hair. Wash your hair every two to three weeks (I wash mine every two weeks). However, there is an essential process that you should follow to be able to preserve the beautiful twists and for them to last at a maximum time.
Use a clarifying shampoo (I use the Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner which is great for my hair since it is lightweight). The strokes for washing the hair should be downward, this maintains the smoothness of the hair and prevents frizziness. Glamour’s how to wash your hair, locks and twists have pretty much accurate descriptions and straightforward instructions on how to properly was your kinky twists.
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