Flat Twist and Curl

Hello lovelies!

It’s been a long minute since I did a flat twist-out on my hair so I decided to try it out this week. As mentioned in this post, I’ve never done a flat twist-out that wasn’t a protective style to begin with. This time I decided to switch it up and not keep my flat twists in for a week before undoing them.

I had a hectic weekend so wash day ended up being on Monday evening instead of Sunday. Come Monday evening, I put in my onion rinse (which I covered here) before I could shampoo and condition. Let’s just say that I ended up falling asleep. I woke up at about 3 a.m. Monday and realized that the night was almost over so I pushed my wash day to 7 a.m. (Thank God for not having to be at the office by 8 a.m.)

Washday Procedure:

  • Sectioned my hair into five
  • Cleansed with sulfate-free shampoo
  • Conditioned with Cantu
  • Applied Cantu Leave-in conditioner and detangled
  • Sealed the moisture with a mixture of olive, JBCO and tea tree oils
  • Followed up with Cantu curling cream

Afterwards, I did flat twists on my hair in a particular pattern. At the front, my flat twists were towards my scalp and forehead. I included two transition twists in the middle section running from the center to my right ear. All the other flat twists ran from (just below) the middle of my head towards the nape of my neck. At the end of each, I put in a perm rod to further define the curls and avoid limp ends.

Because I needed to go to work, I went to the salon and stayed under the hooded dryer for about 1 hour 15 minutes. This helped my hair to dry faster. Afterwards, I put some drops of my oil mixture on my palm and took the flat twists down.

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Pre-fluff: realized my hair wasn’t all the way dry. Also, this photo doesn’t do the definition (any) justice

Post Fluff

Day Three Hair

My hair somehow ended up in an afro. That’s because it wasn’t all the way dry and hadn’t stretched it before doing the flat twists. Lately, I find myself liking the afro more because it keeps hair out of my face without encouraging my forehead to come out and play. 😀 This comes in handy because my skin has been acting up and I suspect that it’s because of hair products and oils.

Maintenance

Maintaining a flat twist-out is pretty simple. All I do is band my hair in five sections and throw on my headscarf.  Although banding doesn’t stretch out my curls as much as the pineapple method, I still find that the curls are slightly elongated in the morning.

Mid-length to long natural hair in matatus is an extreme sport! If you are using public transport, keeping your fro and curls popping can be difficult because:

  • If you’re like me, you have to use these tiny little things where the roof is flattening your fro-top
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Enemy of progress (Not the sacco or the specific vehicle; just the ‘breed’) Who designed these tu-things?
  • You have to be alert when people alight or board because some people want to touch every headrest before their destination (this leads to snagging and pulling of your hair) while others swing their handbags like their lives depend on it (your hair gets flattened by the bags or gets caught in zippers)

Conclusion

I will be rocking this hair before the next wash day. I have some curlformers that I’m dying to try but one pack is spiral (original) and the other is wavy (dupes). So here I am wondering whether that is a good idea….what do you guys think?

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