Retwisting Hair at Night

It's me again.

So I've been using cones and banding now for almost a month and my hair is now SUPER manageable. I have been wearing it the same way - I dry twist every night, then have a chunky fro that I style (pull it back, wear it completely loose, put it in a puff, etc.) every morning.

BUT I've started to think - aren't we supposed to be trying NOT to manipulate our hair very much? I just want to know if retwisting my hair every single night will eventually create breakage cause I'm manipulating it too much. To those of you that retwist at night, do you do it every night? Does your hair tangle if you skip a night? That's what I'm afraid of. I'm afraid if I go one night without retwisting, I'll wake up to the matted mess I used to have before I banded.
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Some people do experience matting and tangling if they don't twist every night. I'm not one of them, although my hair does get poufy if I go longer than a night without twisting. I tend to do it every other night.
if my hair is loose, I have to retwist at night , unless I want a matted pile of hair on my head.


I'm extra gentle and take my time. My hair isnt suffering for it that I can tell
if my hair is loose, I have to retwist at night , unless I want a matted pile of hair on my head.


I'm extra gentle and take my time. My hair isnt suffering for it that I can tell
Originally Posted by shawnyblazes
This is what I want to hear. I don't know if my hair will mat or not but I don't want to find out. Before banding I had serious tangle and matting problems, complete with a million fairy knots. I never want to go back to that place again. But on the other hand I want GROWTH and I don't want to be doing something that will cause my hair to break from over manipulation.

I take my time too. If I want to hurry up and finish I just put my hair in much larger twists so it's over faster. Thanks guys!!!
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I'm not a nightly retwister, but I thought I'd weigh in. As long as I shingle gel through my hair, I can sleep with it loose no problem. My little coils actually become more defined from being squished, so they don't tangle, and in the morning I just have to baggy or scrunch in some water and a moisturizer then shake and it fluffs back up. If you have a looser curl so that the ends are prone to threading themselves into knots, retwisting might be better. But for me, straightening my ends with twists leads to ssk's.
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I'm not a nightly retwister, but I thought I'd weigh in. As long as I shingle gel through my hair, I can sleep with it loose no problem. My little coils actually become more defined from being squished, so they don't tangle, and in the morning I just have to baggy or scrunch in some water and a moisturizer then shake and it fluffs back up. If you have a looser curl so that the ends are prone to threading themselves into knots, retwisting might be better. But for me, straightening my ends with twists leads to ssk's.
Originally Posted by maybejadey
I think cause we're using different methods we are getting different results even though I too have a tight curl pattern. I don't shingle. It just doesn't work for me. I band my hair and style my hair once it's dry. Before I started banding my hair got tangly with ssk's ALL.THE.TIME. It was so bad I was thinking of just dreading again. I just want to make sure that retwisting at night is not stunting my growth. I want my cake and eat it too. I want my hair to stay detangled and retain length as well!!
Defeated the Relaxer: January 2001
Dreadlocks Since: March 2001
Cut Dreadlocks: February 2009

Holy Grails:
Amla and Bhringraj are the TRUTH, HE LTR Conditioner is the BIDNESS, Shea butter, Honey, Jamican Black Castor Oil

Full head of 4a hair!
I'm not a nightly retwister, but I thought I'd weigh in. As long as I shingle gel through my hair, I can sleep with it loose no problem. My little coils actually become more defined from being squished, so they don't tangle, and in the morning I just have to baggy or scrunch in some water and a moisturizer then shake and it fluffs back up. If you have a looser curl so that the ends are prone to threading themselves into knots, retwisting might be better. But for me, straightening my ends with twists leads to ssk's.
Originally Posted by maybejadey

If my hair is in a wash and go , I follow this routine.


If my hair has been twisted or flattwisted, then I retwist at night.

Last edited by shawnyblazes; 04-15-2010 at 12:47 PM. Reason: typo
I think cause we're using different methods we are getting different results even though I too have a tight curl pattern. I don't shingle. It just doesn't work for me. I band my hair and style my hair once it's dry. Before I started banding my hair got tangly with ssk's ALL.THE.TIME. It was so bad I was thinking of just dreading again. I just want to make sure that retwisting at night is not stunting my growth. I want my cake and eat it too. I want my hair to stay detangled and retain length as well!!
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Banding didn't do a darn thing for me. At least not anything that I could prep easily and go out into the world with. But I'd imagine retwisting nightly is just fine as long as you're gentle, you're not recombing it every night, and your hair has decent elasticity to it. My hair lacks the elasticity so I can't really work with it when it's straight. I'm jealous of you ladies who can! =)
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:Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (low-poo), Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, Grapeseed Oil, KCCC or Ecostyler Gel (stylers)

When I do twist outs I retwist at night, because I like my hair to be super defined. I love those cute curls they form!
I think cause we're using different methods we are getting different results even though I too have a tight curl pattern. I don't shingle. It just doesn't work for me. I band my hair and style my hair once it's dry. Before I started banding my hair got tangly with ssk's ALL.THE.TIME. It was so bad I was thinking of just dreading again. I just want to make sure that retwisting at night is not stunting my growth. I want my cake and eat it too. I want my hair to stay detangled and retain length as well!!
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Banding didn't do a darn thing for me. At least not anything that I could prep easily and go out into the world with. But I'd imagine retwisting nightly is just fine as long as you're gentle, you're not recombing it every night, and your hair has decent elasticity to it. My hair lacks the elasticity so I can't really work with it when it's straight. I'm jealous of you ladies who can! =)
Originally Posted by maybejadey
See, and I'm jealous of you cause you can get a defined w-n-g with tightly coiled hair!! Grass is always greener....
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Amla and Bhringraj are the TRUTH, HE LTR Conditioner is the BIDNESS, Shea butter, Honey, Jamican Black Castor Oil

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My hair is sensitive to manipulation. I alternate between weeks of PS and weeks of braid outs. With braid outs, I rebraid every night, spritzing and re-moisturizing my hair. The added moisture helps, but I started to notice split ends. I am not sure if it was because I was due for a trim or if it was the added manipulation.

I haven't figured out how to do a successful WnG so I usually stay in some form of PS or stretched hair. Just be gentle and maybe add an extra deep conditioner to your routine.
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I didn't read all the responses so I hope this wasnt mentioned already...

I don't retwist every night, some nights I do a curly fro method, so that 6 big chunks balled up for cute curly fro, and then some nights, I put two very look ponys in my hair and put on satin bonnet and my hair is fine with that... still has the style or curl from whatever I started with, and no shrinkage, no tangles, justs gives me a break.
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I'm able to remain 'cone free so far but I do moisturize with a homemade spritz spray every night, seal the ends with EVOO, put into bantu knots and either sleep on a satin pillowcase or with a satin bonnet. This could be considered a lot of manipulating but I grew 1/2 inch in a month so I know it's growing. Plus, I go off what I see. I don't see hairs breaking off all over the floor and all over my fingers and hands so this is a good sign. I also study my shed hairs and so far I see no split ends only the occassional knot or two but nothing major.

My hair is naturally very dry and if I neglect to keep it moisturized THAT is when I will see lack of progress with growth and even breakage. In fact, crunchy hair is detrimental to my hair's growth's factor because it will cause my hair to form large, tangly knots and I either impatiently rip through the knot to get rid of it or wind off wacking off the whole thing once it becomes an impossible mess taking precious inches with it.

Due to my hair's aversion to product that makes it stiff and crunchy, I make sure I SOTC consistently with my homemade spritz spray. Keeping it supple and moisturized is a must for me!

Also, I believe following this routine every night makes detangling after co-washing a less daunting and less painful process. In fact, detangling is no problem when I am consistent with this regimen and I don't lose a lot of hair, only what would shed naturally anyway...

I know, I know, what can I say, you gotta find what works for you and your hair!



It's me again.

So I've been using cones and banding now for almost a month and my hair is now SUPER manageable. I have been wearing it the same way - I dry twist every night, then have a chunky fro that I style (pull it back, wear it completely loose, put it in a puff, etc.) every morning.

BUT I've started to think - aren't we supposed to be trying NOT to manipulate our hair very much? I just want to know if retwisting my hair every single night will eventually create breakage cause I'm manipulating it too much. To those of you that retwist at night, do you do it every night? Does your hair tangle if you skip a night? That's what I'm afraid of. I'm afraid if I go one night without retwisting, I'll wake up to the matted mess I used to have before I banded.
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
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I can rock a twist out for 2 to 3 days without having to twist it again. I wear my twists or braids for about 5 days a week and only let my hair out on the weekends. It takes me over 2 hours to braid or twist my hair whether wet or dry so I can't do it every night. I might let it out on Fri through sunday then sunday afternoon wash and DC then moisturize and twist/braid it back up.
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