11-08-2009, 08:57 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
"What's Wrong with Twists Puffing Up?"
I recently became engaged in a conversion with a lady who was trying, again, to go natural. The conversation began with her complimenting my four-day-old twists. She said that this time, she wanted to go natural because she spoke with some ladies who told her that once you go natural and get your hair to a certain length, you can straighten it again. I responded, "Oh."
I knew where this conversation was going, and tried to get away. But before I could, she asked, "How do I keep my twists from puffing up?". I responded, "what's wrong with twists puffing up?" She looked surprised; I then began to inform her about the nature and beauty of afro-textured hair, including shrinkage (puffing up). I don't think I convinced her, nor was I rude to her. I think I was the first person who did appreciate shrinkage.
I know I shouldn't have let her get to me, but the one dictum I hear from ladies concerning natural afro-textured hair is shrinkage. It's a beautiful asset once you understand it. I love the fullness and volume that it displays, and I love the bounce and density as well. I love how I can use water for a different look (shrinkage) and smile when people ask me, "Did I cut my hair?" It's a wonderful opportunity for me to communicate to them about afro-textured hair.
ModCG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat: coconut oil, sometimes cheap red wine/banana
Clarifier: baking soda/brown sugar paste
Cowash: HE The Sleeker The Butter, HE NOYF w/Mandarin
PT: hiatus for now
DT:Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets
LI/Detangler: MyDNA, Nu-Gro Leave-in
Stylers:AH Cupuacu & Burdock Sweet Hair Pudding, DVC Light Defining Gel
*experimenting and loving it!