Picture that you are so close from achieving the perfect twists on your wash day. You thoroughly took the time to moisturize and detangle your hair. You applied the right amount of product evenly on your curls for moisture and hold. You even took your time with styling instead of rushing, so you can head to bed. Sounds like you achieved the perfect twists!
Yet, you forgot one of the most important techniques. When installing your twists, keeping your ends from unraveling not only achieves a polished look, it can also make your twists last longer. Here are tips and tricks for keeping your ends in check!
Coiling the ends of your twists is super easy. I recommend this technique if you are fully natural. When twisting your hair wet, leave about a centimeter (or whatever your personal preference is), and wrapped the remaining hair around your finger. It should leave your hair in a coil. This is a great way to make sure your twists do not unravel and creates polished ends for your twist-out. Mini Marley shares a video on how she coils her hair. This technique can work when sealing your ends.
This is a great option for those who are transitioning. Since the ends of your hair still have relaxer, achieving perfect twists can be difficult with straight ends. Using perm rods can help you achieve a more uniform look. When twisting your hair, you can either twist the section all the way or leave room at the bottom. Use the perm rod to roll your hair and snap in place. I personally prefer the corkscrew technique, because I like the spiral effect. Need guidance while using perm rods? Yolanda Renee shares a video on her flat twisting her curls and using perm rods for the ends.
Burning / Sealing
Burning and sealing the ends of your twists are options when using extension hair. You can burn the ends of your hair when you are using synthetic hair. Do not try to burn the ends of your hair when using human hair! If you decide to use a lighter to burn the ends, please be careful and use with caution and practice fire safety skills. Burning the ends of synthetic hair can help your twists from unraveling. Toni Daley shows how she burns the end of her braids. If you prefer to not use a lighter, braid sealers are also available for use. If you prefer to not use the burning technique, you can seal your ends by dipping them in hot water. It is super easy, just leave the ends of your Havana, Marley, or Senegalese twist out and carefully dip them in hot water. Dry your twists with a towel afterwards. Breanna Rutter shows how she seals her braids using a braid sealer and dipping them in hot water.
How do you keep the ends of your twists from raveling? Please share with the curly community.