Natural hair is amazing and beautiful with its beautiful curls, and to see my daughter wearing her hair free and running around flipping it and seeing all those beautiful curls is great but it doesn’t happen all that often for a few reasons…
Wearing the hair free is a sure way to create tangles and that is ok since that is what tightly curly hair “wants to do” and will always do. But it is important to take care of it and not let it get out of hand since it will lead to breakage and knots that might have to be cut out of the hair..
Wearing the hair free will also allow the ends of the hair to rub against clothes, carpets, sofas and other things… which can lead to split ends and more knots and tangles…
Besides knots, tangles and split ends that all leads to breakage and damage to the hair, free hair will also get dry much faster than hair that has been braided, twisted or put up in a protective style. If you want to read more about protective styling click here.
Even if it is good to know the “risks” of wearing the hair loose and free you shouldn´t let it stop you from doing so from time to time because more than just being beautiful, it is also good to give the roots and scalp a break from styling, so rock your curls and show the world how beautiful they are!
With all that said, there are a few options of “free styles” to choose from. You can wear it curly in a “wash and go”, in an afro (stretched or not stretched) or in a twist out which is what I prefer to do for a few simple reasons..
A twist out is exactly what it sounds like. A hairstyle that you create by doing twist on damp or dry hair and let it “set” with a light styling cream or gel for anything from a few hours up to several days. Just make sure that the twists are completely dry before taking them out.
Besides being very easy to do and looking beautiful twist outs doesn’t create as many tangles since the hair is a bit stretched. It is also fairly easy to maintain over night by simply twisting the hair again or putting it up in a very loose bun (pineapple) over night.
A few tips to get the best looking and lasting twist out are:
- To use a good styling cream or gel that will nurture your hair while maintaining the style.
- Make sure that the hair is well detangled and smooth the ends of the twists when setting the style.
- You can put a tiny amount of oil on your hands when you are taking out the twists to give the hair shine, lock in moisture and prevent humidity from proofing up your style.
- Always be very careful and gentle when you are taking out your twists.
- When you have taken out the twists gently start separating the sections little by little. Be careful not to separate them too much. The less you separate, the more defined your twist out will be.