Women have so many hair options that it is sometimes difficult to decide which one to wear. The best styles are the ones that are long-lasting, low maintenance, and versatile. Such a style is the twist.
The twist is a two-stranded hairstyle that can be achieved using natural hair or synthetic extensions. It may be done on short, medium, or long hair. Twists are also compatible with any hair texture. Whether one’s hair is Afro-textured or relaxed, twists can be achieved. It is simple and quick to do.
For natural hair, it is best to twist freshly washed, wet hair. Wet hair twists easier and sets the style better. Use a holding gel or setting lotion to help the twists set. Part hair into asymmetrical or random sections and divide each section into two. If using gel, apply to each section as you part hair. If using setting lotion, apply to the whole head before sectioning.
One may make any size sections they desire, from Â¼ inch to one square inch or bigger. Keep in mind, the smaller the sections, the more twists you will have, and the fuller the style will be. Also, shorter hair requires smaller sections because it’s length can not support large twists.
Once the hair is sectioned and divided into two pieces, twist the two pieces around each other until you reach the end. When reaching the end, one must decide how to secure the end. Securing the ends is important so that the twist does not unravel. Some choices are gel, beeswax, or rubber bands. Rubber bands look better on longer, larger twists. Another way to secure the ends is to wrap them around perm rods, until dry. One can let the hair dry naturally or sit under a hood dryer.
Afro hair twists will tend to shorten and swell after drying. Straighter texture hair twists will tend to hang down and swing. This is also true of longer hair, regardless of texture. Longer hair can be pulled back or up into a ponytail. Very short hair will take on a spiky look, similar to a porcupine.
Another option for twists is to unravel them.
One must still secure the ends until they are dry. But once dry, one can unravel them for a full look. If the hair is Afro texture, a bushy look will be achieved. Straight and naturally wavy hair will take on a spiral look, similar to hair curled with perm rods. If the hair is medium length or shorter, this option is a nice way to achieve a textured Afro.
Two-strand twists may also take on a cornrow type styling. Parting the hair, take two instead of three strands and twist them over each other, integrating new hair as if braiding. These are called flat twists. One can have a full head of flat twists, or begin a flat twist and finish it as a single twist.
Twists may also be done with synthetic hair extensions. The natural hair should be dry before twisting. When attaching the synthetic hair, attach it at the base and begin it as a braid. After four to five stitches, convert the extension to two strands and twist the rest.
Synthetic hair extension twists can be secured with rubber bands or by singing the ends with a lighter. When singing the ends, be sure to roll the tip between two fingers to mold it into a point or ball. This style is commonly referred to as Senegalese twists. If using human hair extensions, secure ends using gel and the perm rod method.
It is not recommended to unravel extension twists. The same effect as natural hair will not be achieved. Also, do not use gel or setting lotion. The synthetic hair is sturdy enough to hold the style without any aids.It is not recommended
Whether using one’s natural hair or extensions, twists provide a variety of hairstyles from fun to sophisticated. What direction will you take with you?