Preventing FRIZZ with a natural hair style is a battle for achieving “perfect hair” results. When styling, you may already have an attitude about the work you are putting in and he possibility of the results being foiled because of sun, wind, rain or sweating. No matter what the factors are that could make your quest for perfect hair become a hair mare, there are a few steps you can take to minimize or prevent the frizz beast from showing its ugly head.
Let’s talk about products first. Because this is such a common ingredient in the overall process of creating and maintaining a fabulous twist out, we should go here. Of course, there are many products being advertised to make your hair do “this” or “that” but it’s still important to know that it may or may not work on your hair. Our hair texture may look the same, but have completely different characteristics. One’s hair may be porous, stressed, color treated, or thinning and we could also differ in body chemistry. One could perspire more, be in menopause, have high blood pressure and taking medication or be in the early stages of male pattern baldness.
Therefore, it is hard to say a product is made for a certain hair type, that statement should be taken very generally and should be held only to face value. This is not to discredit any product maker out there, but it is important to know that a product really may not work on your hair. You could also buy 2 products from different companies whose labels may have the very same ingredients in them, but one may have a higher percentage of one ingredient to another and cause the product to look, feel or behave differently on your hair. So basically, don’t completely rely on a product’s promise to prevent frizz or make curls last. If the current products you are using isn’t working, you may need to swap something out for something different.
Next, let’s talk about your hair’s health. If you have split ends, hair ball at the ends of your hair, dryness, shedding and breakage, your hair is not healthy and may not be capable of achieving frizz free styling at this point. Also as far as texture, softer hair tends to be frizzier, but it is not always the case. To ensure that you will have optimal results with your twist out, be sure your ends are trimmed so there won’t be strays dangling at the ends.
If your hair is healthy and you are using good products, your technique may need tweaking. If you always do your twist out on wet hair, try it on dry hair and see if you like the results any better and vice versa.
On wet hair, you generally get a tighter texture and more definition. Often times, wet sets last lot longer. But setting your twists on dry hair can maximize the actual length of your hair and it would be softer and looser in texture.
When moisturizing your hair, it is better to add the lotions or cream based moisturizers before, then seal that product in with an oil. You don’t want moisture to escape and you don’t want to rehydrate the hair after you have dried it, then want to style it. Hydration leads to swelling and swelling leads to frizz.
Size Matters. The size of your twists makes a different. Not the parting or the perfection of twisting as much as the size. Typically, smaller twists last longer, create the most definition and retain more product, so your hair is moisturized longer and shinier. Thicker twists give wavier results and do not last as long. You can determine what your twist out looks like by the size of twists you create.
If you are going to do smaller twists, make a plan for how you will wear them because leaving them in longer and being sure they are completely dry extends the life of your 2 strand twists.
For instance for the first week, you can wear your mini twists in a variety of styles from pin ups to buns to classy French rolled styles. In the next week, you can loosen the twists, and rock them any way you like, adding a rhinestone barrette or accessory to the side to spice up the look.
The next week, as they get older, you can pump up the volume by lifting the hair at the roots with an Afro pick and rock it full or pinned up until time to wash. I would also at this point, use a mist of water each day and a little coconut oil to help loosen the pattern before washing to cut down on detangling time.
Don’t forget to cover your hair at night to prevent rubbing, shedding, breakage and FRIZZ!