ღ Day 2 ღ 2014 Hair Growth Journey – My New Twist!!!

February 26, 2014

senegalese twist - Hairstyle

Yesterday I got my senegalese twist done! I am totally in love with them. They are beautiful and I have to say that the shop I went to never fails me. Before I went natural and during my first year I went to the shop for my braids, twist, and also sew in weaves. This shop knows what they are doing. It took five hours. I had two people working on my hair. At one point one of the ladies took a break, and then later joined again to finish up. I am not sure how many packs and what brand of hair they used. I will check that out next time. Hair was provided at the shop. The total I paid was $200 that is not bad at all! The shop is here in Houston, it is called Braiding Image for those of you who live in the area.

My head is a little sore, but nothing too bad. Yesterday I didn’t even want to touch my hair. Today, I put it up in a really pretty hairstyle!
See –> Senegalese twist - hairstyleIt would be lovely to keep them in for eight weeks, but I am not sure if that is realistic. There was a time when I could keep my twist or braids in for that amount of time, but it has been a really long time since I’ve worn my hair like this with added hair.  I will be updating on maintenance etc. After eight weeks I will be doing another length check on my natural hair to see how this helped me along.

I love it and I think it is a really cute and fun change!

My Two Strand Twist Maintenance – “Natural Hair”

Two strand twist "natural hair" - Alicia James

I always get questions about how I am able to make my two strand twist last, and what are some things I do to care for my hair while wearing them. I decided to do a blog that covered as much as possible. This information can also be used for twist or braids with extensions. 🙂

There was a time during my  journey when I could wear my twist for four even five weeks. Now, that I am further in my journey, I get bored really easy so it just doesn’t work! LOL! I wore them so much in 2011 I just became a little tired of them. Don’t get me wrong, I still love them, but I am experimenting more with my loose hair this year.

It is very important that I twist securely at the roots. If I don’t, my roots will start to get puffy in the first week. I usually apply a leave in or gel to the ends of my twist to help keep them from unraveling. To maintain my hair at night I have more than one method I use. It really depends on what you want your twist to look like.

**Maintaing My Twist At Night**

These are also methods that can be used to keep twist stretched!

Wrapping Method: I wrap my twist around my head to keep them stretched out, and tie down with a satin scarf.

Bunning Method: This is when I put the twist into one ponytail. I twist the ponytail around similar to the method used for bantu knots and bun the hair up.

Pineapple Method: A high ponytail that sits on the top of the head. The hair falls down sort of like a pineapple. LOL!

Braid Out:

Twist Out

**Moisturizing and Sealing**

  • Week 1 my twist look almost perfect. I don’t apply any water or oil to my hair, because it is usually freshly washed, deep conditioned, and moisturized.  By week 2: My twist are starting to get frizzy, My ends are curling a little more, I have shrinkage, and I have to moisturize and seal the ends every 2-3 days.
    I spritz a little water on the ends, and I seal with oil or a leave in. The important thing is making sure to wrap or bun the hair up, so that it doesn’t shrink because of the water or moisture you added. I let it dry overnight and then take them down. Note: Make sure to only use a small amount of water. I also massage my scalp with oil throughout the week as needed, if I feel it is getting a little dry and itchy.

**Working Out and Maintaining Twist:**

  • I do workout during the week. On average it can be 5 days a week. My scalp doesn’t get irritated easily, so it has never been a big problem for me. If your scalp gets irritated you may not be able to wear the style as long which is understandable. I massage the scalp with oil to keep the scalp from getting dry and irritated. I workout with my hair in one of my night time maintenance styles. This way my hair isn’t being thrown around and shrinking up. Once I have my shower and the hair has had a little time to dry from the workout, I take it down. Not everyone can do this…it really depends on how much you sweat, and the way your hair smells afterwards.

**Washing My Twist**

  • I don’t wash my hair while wearing small two strand twist. My hair gets really tangled, and I  have many knots. There are some people who are able to do it, but my hair just doesn’t like it.  I’ve tried many methods. My hair is really tightly coiled and when it gets wet while I am wearing twist, the hair sticks together. When it is time to take the twist down my hair is in big balls of knots and glued together hair. #horrible

I hope this covers it all….I will add to it as needed! 🙂

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Working On 3 Weeks! My Low Manipulation/Protective Style Challenge

Wow….

I just realized it has been over 2 weeks since I started my protective style challenge!!! I’ve been taking care of my hair keeping it nice and moisturized.  I’ve also been wearing it in a sock bun most of the time. It is starting to look a bit fuzzy, but I’m okay with that. I am hoping I can keep them in for atlest 3-4 more weeks. That will be the longest time I’ve ever kept in two strand twist!  I guess we will see. My scalps have not been itching alot. Honestly, they just started itching a little bit today, I massaged them with a little EVOO, and it really has bothered me much.

I hope you guys are doing great with the challenge. I want to let you know that you can choose the style of your choice. This means, you don’t have to do two strand twist. You can bun, do braids, so many other styles.

Good luck!

Protective Hairstyle Updo – “Roll It To The Side”

I always moisturize Kelli’s hair before styling. I use a little water and seal with Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. I used a few hair pins to hold the hair in place. Kelli can usually maintain a style like this for no longer than two days. Her strand are really fine and do not hold styles as long as my hair does. Her hair style is about a 3b and 3c. Her hair was stretched out in this video from a previous updo. She is currently hip bone length.
More Hair Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/kelliscurls

Kelli Singing:
http://youtu.be/r-rQJZa6UcM

 

Not Giving Up On My Relationship With Two Strand Twist!


 

 
So, I know a few months back I had a whole rant about how I would NEVER do mini twist again…. Well, I’ve decided to not give up on them.
The problem I have with them, is the time it takes to take them down. I start rushing, and then that leads to unecessary breakage.
I decided to not give up on them, because I’ve had great success with my small twist. If you followed my protective style challenge, you were able to see the good amount of growth I had during that time, and also how much healthier my hair looked. I loved that!
My plan is to make sure that I schedule the take down. This way I am not rushing to take them down. I can take my time, and be extra careful with my hair. It’s really all just patience! 🙂
 

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