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If you follow me on Snapchat (ChristeneCarr) you will know that I often say twist outs are the devil. They are time consuming and results may vary not just depending on products used but on order of application, temperature, drying method, and quite possibly the State of the Union. The last two twist outs were a success so naturally I have to share the results and the products used.
Treat + Cleanse + Condition
My hair is like some reality TV stars -- always thirsty. A pre poo treatment of castor oil always enfuses moisture and helps with elasticity. I heat it up (placing the bottle in a bowl of hot water,) apply to dry hair, cover with a plastic cap, sit under my dryer for 15 to 20 minutes then follow with shampoo and conditioner. For this wash and condition I used the Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Natural Oil-Infused Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner from my February Cocotique Box. The shampoo has amazing foaming action but doesn't leave my hair feeling squeaky or stripped. The conditioner is very light but gives enough moisture. (If I didn't start with the pre poo treatment I would have gone with a deep conditioning treatment post wash.)
Everything up to this point took about 30 minutes. This next part feels like it took 34556 hours! After rinsing the condition from my hair I towel dried and applied Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in Conditioner and finger combed it all through my hair. I then applied Cantu Coconut Curling Cream ($7.99) to a small section of my hair, parted it with my fingers from front to back, combed it through then worked the Naturals Gina B Kiss My Ash Body Balm ($16) (Yes, a body balm) through the ends then did a two strand flat twist and a bantu knot at the nape of my neck. I repeated this process until I did my whole head (approximately 1 hour). I had to spritz with water a few times to work in the products -- this is an important step (it can be the difference between smooth defined twists and crunchy fuzzy twists. Don't ask me how I know.) I let it air dry overnight -- or in this case for several days because when I attempted to take down the twist, they were damp. I cursed all the Gods, re-twisted it and reached for my turban.
On day 5 I re-twisted by spritzing with water and applying a little more Naturals Gina B Kiss My Ash Body Balm to the ends.
I have to celebrate my twistout wins because fuzzy, limp, undefined twist outs are like unsolicited DMs from creepy dudes -- never far away. Here's to hoping all your twist outs from here to eternity come out exactly as you want them.