Dealing with natural hair is all about trial and error. What products works for you and your hair type? What can you afford? What are you permitted to wear at work? What’s the climate of your location? Whether it’s high humidity in Mississippi, blazing heat in Texas, freezing cold in Michigan, or wet & rainy in Washington, you’ll know what’s best for your hair; only through trial and error.
There are a few products I want to share that have helped me with my two-strand twists. Being active duty, two-strand twists are a blessing to me! It’s within regulation, it’s cute, and it’s a protective style: I call it a TRIPLE threat! I can do it in under two hours: that’s including procrastination, playing with Caesar & Bella, snacking on food, and watching my HGtv favorites! When I'm ready to take it down, that's a whole new style (twist outs).
Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue
I used Miss Jessie’s a couple of weeks ago and fell in love! Her meringue has a lovely, sweet smell to it and it truly brings out the curl in my twists. The only disadvantage I had was after taking out my twists, it left bitty clumps of residue (I did it on dirty hair too). Nothing too major, but still worth the product! Also, the humidity had my twist outs shrink up a bit, but I'm sure Eco Styling gel added to this product as I twist would protect from that. It is the most expensive at about $18 a pop at Target.
ORS Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold Pudding
I use this with olive oil Eco Styling gel. They work hand in hand because the pudding serves as the moisturizer and gel holds it together. I’ll get a dime-sized amount of gel, apply to the section I’m about to twist, then apply the pudding as I twist. What I love about this is that once your hair dries, that gel holds your twists together all day long! It stands the test of time, even in humid weather. The residue is little to none and the twist-outs are flawless! It's all yours for around $5 at your local beauty supply.
Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
This product is the first that got me to realize my hair can actually do a lil something! Seriously, my definition was on point, the residue was non-existent, and it left a shine like no other. The coconut oil infused in the product is probably what got me to love it. It’s definitely one of top go-to products. I even use it when I do "no heat" perm-rod curls. Grab this for about $8 at your local beauty supply.
I need to throw out this disclaimer. I do my twists on DRY hair! I tried to oil my scalp once and was not happy with my results. My twists were unraveling and the definition was garbage. Wait until afterwards to oil your scalp! Also, just like all two-strand twists, there is residue as you twist, but it goes away as your hair dries.
Take the time to learn your hair, and remember practice makes perfect!
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