Now that I’ve gotten a hang of the finger styling “wash and go” I decided to focus on hair growth and health in 2011. Through research and experience I’ve found that the search for the perfect defined curl is a difficult one for my curly girls with a 4 type curl pattern. One way to get the look without using too much product or chemical intervention is with the two-strand twist. In a later post I’ll go into the individual two-strand twist, but in this instance my tutorial is more about the flat twist hair styles.
Why flat twist hair of over two-strand twists? Well for one, time is a big issue for me. It takes me anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 hours to do individual flat twists – not to mention undoing them to get the curly look! Another benefit of flat twisting your hair is that, the maintenance is less of an issue. Corn rowed twists are a lot easier to maintain in regards to overnight care and re-twisting (In my opinion).
In this instance, I did a combination of flat twists and two-strand twists – sectioning my hair into bottom and top. I twisted the bottom half first in flat twist cornrows and then started on the top (with a middle part) staggering each row, so that the parts weren’t as visible. This technique also allowed me to go out with a styled look that didn’t require untwisting my hair right away.
Once my wet hair was divided into sections, I would apply Kinky-Curly’s Spiral Spritz to the each row and start twisting by doing the following:
Once the hair is sectioned and divided into two pieces, twist the two pieces (as if you’re doing regular two-strand twists) as you move down the row, you take a small section and twist it in until there is nothing left to twist against your scalp. That when you twist the rest (as if you’re doing regular two-strand twists). Depending on what product you use, all you need to do is twist the end and twirl it a bit. See the Miss Jessies twist out 101 video.
Twirling the twist at the end, prevents your twist out from looking straggly at the ends. If you’re not using an effective styling product for flat twists/two strand twists, you can use a rubber band or those small hair bands. Just remember that this can damage your ends. Another option for finishing off a two-strand twist hair style is to use small perm rods. Whatever you do, make sure your ends are secure.
If you’re going to walk around with the flat twist hair style, there are plenty of ways to jazz it up. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! My personal favorite is to add a flower to your hair, Billie Holiday style. You can find these at your local beauty supply store for a dollar. Head bands and clips are also a great way to make your twists pop. Target or Walgreens – not to mention the hair accessories section of any woman’s department store such as Macy’s or Kohls are great places to find all of these accessories. Even though I styled my hair wet, you can do the same thing with dry or blown out hair. See my video below…