Natural Hair Style Guide: the Twist Out

 

[dropcap]Girlfriend![/dropcap]  Beautiful, natural hair like yours has no business falling flat and  limp. Whether you have short tight curls or long spring roll tresses, your textured hair might need a little flair!

Take a cue from Dinora Walcott who loves to style her hair in a variety of ways. Whether she rocks a twist-out updo or a sleek & straight cut, Dinora is not afraid to embrace her natural roots.

Actress Dinora Walcott talks natural hair variation with our RCT reporter Nikki.

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If you’re about to do a Google search on how to achieve Dinora’s look, stop right now and save yourself the extra key strokes. Here is a step-by-step hair styling guide that you can do at home. No salon appointment needed.

The Twist Out

Step 1:

Divide your hair into two sections. Starting from the hairline,  part the hair all the way down the middle until you reach the nape of the neck.

Step 2:

Hop in the shower to shampoo and deep condition your hair, washing one side at a time. You want to make sure to massage the scalp as you cleanse your hair. After you have shampooed thoroughly, completely rinse your hair. Next, apply a deep conditioner. I suggest using Aussie Moist 3 Minute Conditioner if you need some extra TLC.

Step 3:

Clip the conditioned hair up and out of the way so you can complete your normal shower routine.

Step 4:

As you rinse the conditioner, grab one side of hair and begin to detangle with your fingers. The force of the water stream mixed with the deep conditioner should make detangling easier on your roots.

Step 5:

Jump out of the shower and allow the hair to dry for about 15 – 30 minutes. Use a paper towel or a microfiber towel from a beauty supply store to blot the excess moisture. Apply a leave-in cream like Neutrogena Silk Touch Leave-In Cream to your hair.

Step 6:

Now for the twisting. Start with one half of your hair and grab a section to begin. These sections do not need to be parted perfectly! With hair in hand, spread this strand into two and repeatedly bring one strand over the other until you reach the very end of your hair. As you move from section to section, you should apply a type of seal to each strand so that the hair retains its moisture. Shea butter or coconut oil works as a great seal for our hair.

Now that you’ve got the hang of it, continue until you have a budding mane of about 6 – 10 twistees total. Make sure the ends are secured with a little extra shea butter so that they won’t unravel while you sleep. Allow the hair to set overnight.

For nighttime care, you will need a satin bonnet scarf to protect the hair while you get some much needed beauty rest. You can pick one up at the nearest Sally’s Beauty Supply store.

Step 7:

Wake up gorgeous! Before you start loosening the twists, whip out the shea butter or any other hair-friendly oil product. Apply the oil to each twist as you unravel. The oil will moisturize your hair for the day, plus it adds a little extra shine.

There you have it! Go forth and show the world what you are naturally made of!