10 Tips To Make Your Mini Twists Last Long!

I know frizz is a big part of the natural life and while I do embrace it sometimes, it can be annoying to put a huge effort (time and/or money) in styling and have your hair frizzing one week later!

Good news, guys. This time around, I wore my mini-twists for 5 weeks and 2 days, so I can say that I’ve finally figured this out: this, as in, how to keep my two strand twists looking fresh and lush, and frizz-free for longer!

 

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Day 1. Almost done.
Week 3
Week 3

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Week 5
Week 5

I was determined to wear my twists for four weeks with no excuses, in a minimal-frizz condition that I would be comfortable rocking. If you’d like this too, here’s how:

1. Start on Clean Hair.

I always style on clean hair. Always always. Because if I don’t, I feel like my hair is already stale. Plus, my scalp WILL itch and I’d be tempted to wash and I did not want to give myself any excuses. At all.

2. Dry Stretched Hair For The Win!

I prefer to style when my hair is dry. Shrinkage is inevitable but I try to stretch my luck anyway. Also, with curly styles I’ve found that I have less frizz when I style dry, so I decided to apply that to my twists as well. I washed my hair, moisturised & sealed and put it in about 10 chunky twists. When the hair was completely dry the next day, I began to twist.

3. Sections & Small Twists. 

I took down one chunky twist, twisted all the hair from that, and moved on to the next. I sectioned my hair slightly smaller than usual, and twisted that way.

4. Start With a Braid. 

Typically, I like to start twists as twists. If I go to a salon and the stylist starts twists (with extensions) as a braid, I’m judging her. And I will complain. Invisible root method please. However, with twists with my own hair, the base easily gets puffy, even if I start my twists very tightly. So this time, I decided to start by braiding. Because it’s my hair and not extensions, except you stare at my scalp (and how would you do that?) you won’t see the braided base. I didn’t do it for long, just enough to keep the twists anchored. I think they’re the reason my roots stayed intact for longer.

5. Satin Bonnet DO & DON’T

I covered my twists at night with my satin bonnet. However, in the day time, when I was home, I kept it off. Just like wearing a hair net, if you wear a satin bonnet all day, for a few days, your scalp will protest and start to stank. Yes. Let it breathe!

6. Keep Your Hands To Yourself!

Self explanatory right? If you touch your twists too much, they will frizz!

7. Abstain from Moisture

LOL did you just pause to give me the side-eye? I did not spritz my hair with water at all. To go into the shower, I always wore a shower cap. I prevented my hair from enjoying the nice juicy steam, but I believe it was for a good cause. A few times in the last 2 weeks though, I used my lovely Shea Moisture Mousse to moisturise.

Why No Water?
Moisture keeps our hair supple and elastic, but when it comes to maintaining styles, it can be a frenemy. Moisture helps hair to be nice and soft and easy to manipulate, but it also brings frizz. Plus, I wasn’t wearing my hair loose, so elasticity wasn’t my concern.

To make up for this, I will most definitely give my hair a super super super Washday tomorrow. Starting with an overnight pre-poo with Coconut Oil.

8. Secure Your Ends With a Twirl!

To keep the ends of my twists from unraveling, I always twirl them around my finger like a finger coil. It’s a nice finish, and serves its purpose. For this, may dab a little more product (a pomade or butter) to my ends.

9. Scalp Massages!

After 5 weeks guys, my hair doesn’t smell bad! It’s odourless. Last week, I tried cleaning my scalp with witch hazel astringent on cotton wool & the wool didn’t return dirty. It was like cleaning my make-up free face at the end of the day. Just a liiiiittle bit dirty. How was I able to keep my scalp relatively clean? Scalp massages. I did them frequently with castor oil. A few times each week just because, and also for when it was really hot and sweaty & my scalp itched. I simply poured a little oil into the centre of my palm, and greased my fingertips with it. Then I rubbed it on my scalp very seriously with fingertips only. No nails!

When I was done massaging, I passed my oiled hands over my hair for shine. Castor oil is a humectant so I’d like to think it helped me absorb a little moisture.

10. Mental Preparation, VERY Key. 

This should have been the first thing I said. Nothing I tried with these twists was new to me but I wasn’t inspired to apply myself until I was determined to stop complaining and see the mini-twists through this time. What’s the point of protective styling or putting all this effort into twisting if you take down your style after a week or two?

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So that’s all from me guys. How do YOU fight frizz? What are you struggling with? What have you recently overcome? Any more questions about these twists, feel free to ask! 🙂

Love,

AB,

xx

0 thoughts on “10 Tips To Make Your Mini Twists Last Long!

  1. Didn’t your hair feel dry and crunchy in the 3 moisture free weeks? My hair usually looks and feels dead without moisture and of course frizz sets in. My current twists are 11 days old and they look like I’ve had them in forever.

    1. Hey Tolu!

      My hair felt dry and crunchy on some days, but for the most part, my hair would always feel somewhat moisturised when I went out. It loves the Lagos humidity, and always draws moisture from it.

      Your current twists, did you spritz them? Apply product? Touch them a lot? If you leave your twists alone, I think they’d look new, even if they feel super dry.

  2. Wow your 3-week old twists look like fresh twists and your 5-week old look like 1-week old twists (in my case).
    I get poofy roots toi so I’ll try starting with a braid next. I do have to spray my hair with a water+conditioner/oil though. My hair neeeeds the moisture and maybe it causes frizz but my all-time max is 2 weeks anyway. 5 weeks? That’s pro athlete status

  3. wow. your twists looked good even on week 5. Yes, water shrinks the hair and can cause frizz. I like to play with my twists by doing two chunky flat twists at night to curl the twists, so the keep your hands to yourself wont work for me. lol
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  4. When I did the mini twists I got tired after the second week, I just unraveled the twists, majorly because I get bored of a style easily and I had styling issues since I’m still in the TWA stage, my scalp was itching, the hair wasn’t really doing justice to my face as well.

  5. Look at the volume you have..I am sooo green!! 😀. My attempts at twists(not DIY oh) have just been ……….

  6. Your twists always look so amazing on you. It’s so hard to believe those week 3 twists are actually week 3 twists! lol. I’m a little confused on how stretched hair keeps frizz away for you. The only way i can keep my hair less frizzy ( in twists, laid hair, braids) is to constantly infuse moisture and seal with butter.

  7. Thanks dear, will braid roots for my twists next time. My hair is frizz heaven when I add moisture so trying to just add moisture once a week, so far so good and she is moisturized, hope it continues to work, have mini twists in myself, hopefully I can maintain for 2 more weeks 😀
    Smiles!!!

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