If you’re anything like me when it comes to your hair (read: lazy), you want maximum results with minimal effort. Unfortunately, when it comes to natural hair, what you put in is often exactly what you get out: minimal effort, minimal results. But now that my hair is finally just long enough to do chunky twists, I’ve found a way around that. This is the first of [hopefully] many more tutorials in the “growing out a tapered cut” category.[Note: this style was designed for hair that is around the short/medium “awkward” length. My hair is about 6 inches long in the front, the longest part, and about 3.5 inches in the back.]
- 1. Do a chunky twist-out
- I did about 18-20 twists: 4 in the middle front of my head, 2 on each side at my temples, 4 in the top/crown, and 8 in the back.
- Set on wet, detangled hair. I used a cocktail of Shea Moisture’s Curling Smoothie (doubling as a leave-in and styler) and Eco Styler Argan Oil (for extra hold).
- Set each twist on perm rods so the ends don’t unravel and to give the set shape. (This is where the “cheating” comes in…my hair is only just long enough to do fat twists if I pincurl or perm rod them. Otherwise they’ll just unravel.)
- *Note: You’ll need to do smaller twists where your hair is shorter.*
- Let air dry or sit under a hooded dryer. The first time I did this, I sat under the dryer for a total of about 2 hours on medium heat…eeesh. My hair felt slightly fried by the end, and yet weirdly, certain sections still weren’t completely dry. Sigh. Such is the life of high-density, thick, kinky hair. If you have hair like mine, you might have to let your hair air dry for a full 24 hours, or use heat to dry the hair about 50% then let it air dry the rest of the way.
- 2. Untwist gently, using oil on your fingers to prevent frizz and add shine. Separate each twist at least 8 times (each half of the twist gets pulled apart into 4 sections).
- 3. Rock your fluffy, curly Afro for 2-3 days.
- 4. Once the definition starts to fade, time to retwist! The hair is now stretched and detangled, so you can do smaller twists, but it will take much less time to do than it would with a wet set.
- Take a section of hair and spritz it lightly with water
- Take a pea-sized amount of pomade (like Jane Carter’s Nourish and Shine or Oyin Handmade’s Burnt Sugar Pomade) and coat the hair shaft, detangling gently as needed
- Twist, repeat for all sections of hair, let dry, and untwist!
I know it seems complicated from the way I’ve described it here, but I promise it doesn’t take a lot in practice. Steps 1 and 4 each take me only about an hour (wash time not included), and I don’t need to do any day-to-day maintenance other than fluff and remoisturize as needed. I can get about a week and a half of good hair days using this regimen. When your hair start to get shrunken and dry near the end, it’s time to rewash.
Let me know what your results were with this method on Facebook and Instagram. If you have any suggestions for improvements, or tips for naturalists with shorter lengths, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org