For 2 weeks, I wore my hair in 8 juicy flat twists. This allowed my scalp breathe very well while being very protective, low-maintenance and of course, cute! Perfect style to wear in this extra extra Lagos sunshine, or anytime really.
I was inspired by a photo MeeMee shared with me while she was researching natural hair styles for the workplace, see 20 professional styles in this post, HERE.
Before this, I had worn mini-twists for 3 weeks and I was so irritated because the heat in Lagos had been unbelievable and the itching from the sweat was just too much for coconut oil to handle. Nearly at the end of my rope (seriously guys, I was going crazy), I got some kinky braiding hair and took my ass to the salon.
Now this salon is where my mom goes to get her hair done, where I go to get braids done. It’s just your regular neighbourhood salon, not for natural hair or anything special. I don’t go there often, but after 5 years together lol (oh yes, I did my big chop here) they are used to me. Every time I come in, I show them something different. At first, it was a battle (you know how stylists think they know what you want better than you) – to be honest, it is still a battle but we have made some progress. My experience with hairstyles at this particular salon is hit or miss, but this one was a hit.
I showed them the style and at first, they wanted to weave my hair “didi” style- as in, the inverted cornrows- or do regular cornrows. Cornrows are great but I wasn’t going to just settle for Plan B without even trying. I explained the concept of flat twists to them (like cornrows, only with 2 strands) and after some trial and error, one of the stylists was able to get it. Whoop!
It all came together pretty quickly. Of course, Taibat was no Kemi Lewis but I was very happy with the outcome. My edges were spared, and she started each twist WITHOUT extensions.
Hair Tip: Whether you are doing cornrows or Ghana weaving or anything with extensions, it’s always good to start without extensions, to avoid the extra weight/ pressure on your fragile front hair.
She first added one strand of kinky hair to the flat twist, and finished off with an additional 1 or 2 strands to keep the longer ends of the twist thick. After flat-twisting down to the back of my head, she finished off with a twist. I hope you get the picture?
This was my first time wearing an “all-back” style since cornrows in my first semester of uni and I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. My cheeeeeeks and all my features were out and I was comfortable with that. I didn’t even really wear makeup.Interestingly, some people at work thought the hair was all mine. L-O-L one day!
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Spritzed my scalp and the flat twists with water
Oiled my scalp with Coconut oil or the Special Me Organics Mint Burst butter I reviewed in this post
Satin scarf at night to prevent the hair from getting rough.
I moisturized my edges and brushed them in the mornings with my little “bear-bear” brush.
For a more sleek look, I used Gorilla Snot Gel like twice, to lay my edges down and tied a satin scarf on the journey to work for the laid edges to set.
The Damage? 2700 Naira.
1200 for the pack of braiding hair, 1500 at the Salon (for loosening my mini-twists, washing my hair and doing the flat twists)
So, if you already have braiding hair somewhere, and you have the time to wash your hair yourself, this could cost you 500 Naira only. Pere. Better yet if you can do this yourself, it shouldn’t take you long at all! (Still, my salon decided to wise up on me and tried to charge me more the next time I wanted flat twists! Smh)
Our local salons might know nothing about hair care, but if you can find a stylist willing to stretch herself and be creative, you could teach her something new and save yourself some money. For both your sakes, it’s better to take your experiment to them on a day they aren’t too busy, and also on a day that you’re in a good mood, and not feeling agitated or quarter to frustrated.What Came Next?
After two weeks, I swapped these flat twists for a sleek low bun for my friend’s wedding. The sleek bun is my staple style for events now and you can achieve it no matter how kinky your hair is. Would you like a sleek bun tutorial? Let me know in the comments!
Have you ever tried wearing flat-twists like this? Would you? I want to know what you think!