How to get 5-7 day hair! (twist/braid outs) pics included

Just though i'd share something I posted in another forum

Ive noticed that, a common question when it comes to hairstyling (twist/braid outs specifically) seems to be....

How to maintain it, and what to do to keep it fresh looking until my next wash day....

I can never stress enough how important it is, to tie your hair up EVERY NIGHT, because this also retains moisture overnight....

Twist and braids outs have been a complete hair saver for me during the whole fall/winter season. and I highly recommend them to those who have issues with tangles and single strand knots, because this keeps them at bay....

During this whole week I took pics everyday and night showing exactly how I maintain my braid/twist outs...

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2n...intanance.html

Tips

*For short or thick hair, cornrowing and flat twisting catches hair from root too tip, enabling puffy roots, and a more consistent pattern...

*Cornrowing,and flat twisting in short distances come out curlier, also givng a more consistent pattern to shorter hair...Braid or twist in two separate rows in back, instead of braiding from top of head all the way down...

Pic Examples:
Flat twist

Cornrow


I also highly recommend you learn how to cornrow or two strand flatwist, because alternating between individual and flat will definately aid in making your style last,and give you so much more styling freedom...

If you keep practicing you WILL get it right...I totally sucked at flat twisting but got better and better as time went by....


Here are a few tutorials...

Flat twist:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRJv7F-n7H4&feature=PlayList&p=AE15338A7EE934B4&playnext= 1&playnext_from=PL&index=17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB5jwFbPPAs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Basc64Kpbw

Cornrow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzgYVgSiMHI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee30W...eature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk7CVXqD9Io

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgorfY_OPAc


I HOPE THIS HELPS!!!...If you have any other questions feel free to ask!!
Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
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Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D

Last edited by NaturallyNiké; 05-14-2010 at 08:36 PM.
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Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
3C/4A,Fine-Meduim,Thick, Lo Porosity

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2nv/

Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D

Last edited by NaturallyNiké; 05-14-2010 at 08:36 PM.
SUNDAY NIGHT
Hair stretched after being banded....it was DC'd, steamed ,oil rinsed, then moisturized and sealed, NO Styling product

You can flat twist or cornrow your first set, it doesnt really matter, this is how I set my hair for a braid out.I normally do two rows in the back,and I highly recommend you do it if your hair is shorter, or very thick if you want to decrease some density.....

MONDAY

Monday Night...Im always alternating between twist and braid outs depending on how I feel....flat twist are usually quicker to do

TUESDAY

Tuesday Night...by day 2 or 3 hair is pretty much streched out from the flat plaiting or twist, so depending on your hair, doing it anymore will OVER stretch hair, even making it a lil straight (in my case), but if thats the look you want, go ahead and do it, plus you can always spritz hair a lil for some reversion....In this pic I LOOSELY twisted the hair ,meaning I didnt disturb the pattern that was previously made. Make sure you moisturize them ends ends, I saturate my ends EVERY night with a lil leave in and shea butter, this also helps the ends to curl...

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday Night, and Thurday, had a day off
Hair was lightly spritz for some reversion, then individually braided for the same reason stated in Tuesday Night

FRIDAY
hair still intact, very lightweight and full of movement, and shine...FRIDAY NIGHT...I ended up sleeping with hair in a high loose bun, with a satin wrap around my edges....You can continue to rebraid or retwist if you want it to last longer. I get a lil carefree towards the end of the week since my wash day is Sunday

SATURDAY
A quick updo





I hope the visual helped a lil more....
Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
3C/4A,Fine-Meduim,Thick, Lo Porosity

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2nv/

Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D
Thank you so much for sharing!!! I'm still fairly early in my transition and have been having a hard time mastering twisting. I can braid but for some reason I can't twist. I really appreciated the links and methods of maintaining the style.

Do you have any pictures when your hair was shorter with a twist out? At some point it will be long again but right now I've been slowly cutting the relaxer out. Not ready for the "BC"

I just finished my third attempt at twisting my hair so wish me luck.


Thank you so much for sharing!!! I'm still fairly early in my transition and have been having a hard time mastering twisting. I can braid but for some reason I can't twist. I really appreciated the links and methods of maintaining the style.

Do you have any pictures when your hair was shorter with a twist out? At some point it will be long again but right now I've been slowly cutting the relaxer out. Not ready for the "BC"

I just finished my third attempt at twisting my hair so wish me luck.
Originally Posted by SLM44


Well good luck, glad that your are trying, and trust it will be a breeze once you get it down!!!...

and I definately do have pics of my hair shorter, just check out the link in my siggy and go to the "hair progress" folder, the folders are ascending so you will be able to see my twist outs from the beginning of my journey to present....
Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
3C/4A,Fine-Meduim,Thick, Lo Porosity

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2nv/

Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D
You are my hero! Thanks for posting this!
I will be trying this next week!
Last relaxer: June 16, 2009
First and LAST texturizer: September 30, 2009

BC 1: September 30, 2009 (Horrible!)
BC 2: November 10, 2009
BC 3: November 24, 2009


Hair Type:

I AM A PRODUCT JUNKIE!

thank you! this is awesome & your hair is gorgeous!!
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things
which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
- Jean Cocteau


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You are my hero! Thanks for posting this!
I will be trying this next week!
Originally Posted by tuuttie

Keep us posted or take pics!!! I would love to see how it works out for you, and im pretty sure other would like to as well



thank you! this is awesome & your hair is gorgeous!!
Originally Posted by PrincessPresto

Your welcome, and thank you
Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
3C/4A,Fine-Meduim,Thick, Lo Porosity

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2nv/

Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D
Very pretty. I wish I could wear my hair down during the week(cant because of regulations at work). I cant wait til my vacation so I can try this out.
Very helpful! Thank you for sharing.
Your hair is gorgeous!!!



Hair type
: 4A Majority of pen spring curls
/ 4B around temples & ears
Last Big Chop: 5/31/2009
Last Relaxer: Nov. 2008



Last edited by M3rlz; 05-15-2010 at 12:11 AM.
5 stars dangit. no way in hell I would have posted all of that. great info!
Double post
Fotki


Last edited by HomeGrownHairGirl; 05-15-2010 at 06:29 AM.
Thank you SO much, Nike' ! I have bookmarked this thread and will try your method in the near future....
Fotki

Thanks for posting this. Your hair is so beautiful. And I am loving the updo. Ever since I saw your post in the banding thread I have been playing around with banding. You are such an inspiration.
WOW! And I see you use a technique I wanted to try by twisting the front forward. After seeing you do it I think I will now try. Thanks for sharing.






Glad that I can help you guys!!!



WOW! And I see you use a technique I wanted to try by twisting the front forward. After seeing you do it I think I will now try. Thanks for sharing.
Originally Posted by CityGirl81

Your welcome, and yes I always twist or braid foward!!...I usually twist like this(pictured) when I want bangs. For the pic in the OP I wanted a side part so I twisted to the side...


for those who want may want visual on how I do it here's a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMzo-UctD1o
Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
3C/4A,Fine-Meduim,Thick, Lo Porosity

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2nv/

Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D
Great thread. Love the pics.

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Wonderful info! Thank you.
4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

SL APL BSL MBL
Your welcome ladies
Niké (Nee-Kay)

My world of curls
3C/4A,Fine-Meduim,Thick, Lo Porosity

http://public.fotki.com/lilnicka4u2nv/

Leave-in/Moisturizer: Giovanni Direct Leave in
Sealants:EVOO, JBCO, Crisco
DC:Matrix Condtioning Balm,Giovanni SAS,Honey, Glycerin
Shampoo:Dr.Bronner's Castile soap bar
Styler: Flaxseed,DM Miracurl, SheaMoist Smoothie, OYH S&D
Thank you for posting. I will be sharing this thread with several people. BTW, beautiful hair.
http://public.fotki.com/freecurl/
http://www.youtube.com/user/amoremusica?feature=mhum
3c4a, fine, low density, normal porosity

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