A chilly nip in the air, alongside the leaves changing color are both generally the first signs of fall, which means it’s time to pull out the oversized sweaters, boots, and protective styles! One of my favorites is spring twists. This style is easy, but takes practice. Once you get the hang of it, though, it’s all smooth sailing!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Spring twist hair (any brand will do, but note that the better the quality/higher the price, the easier it will be to work with)
- Rat tail comb
- Wide-toothed comb
- Leave-in moisturizer
- Pomade or heavy cream
For this style, I like starting on freshly-washed, moisturized, and stretched hair, preferably blown-out hair.
This cuts down on the amount of time it takes to do the style, as the hair is already detangled, and is easier to manage.
The next step is to separate the twists. I ordered my twists from Amazon from a company that sells them in a pack of three for $22. Great deal right? But detangling was a nightmare! So the next time I do this style, I’ll be sure to order from The Curl Refinery. Not only are the reviews good, but this hair is supposedly way easier to handle, and you even have the option of buying pre-separated hair! This would significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to install these twists.
Next, you’ll want to separate your hair into four sections. Begin working on one section at a time, dividing that section into smaller pieces. The bigger the pieces, the more hair you’ll have to use, which will result in really large twists; so for smaller twists, separate your hair into smaller sections. I started using one of the separated pieces of spring twist hair, but decided afterwards that two pieces per section gave me neater twists.
To do the actual twist, you’ll want to apply some of your pomade or hair product of your choosing, add two pieces of the hair, and braid about an inch down, trying to get the braid as close to your scalp as possible. Because the hair will slip over time, braiding down about an inch helps to reduce any slipping. Then, you’ll want to twist the hair, without applying too much tension. If you’re twisting it tightly, then you’ll end up with rope twists, and the hair will have no springiness to it at all. So basically, you’re just doing light twists. If you use the cheap hair I used from Amazon, it will tangle. And for me, this was the worst part! I had to clip the ends of the twists to separate it, and the hair is very sharp. It gave me some tiny paper cuts when I used my fingers to separate it!
Overall, the beauty of the spring twists more than made up for the technical issues I encountered. I will definitely be doing these again, using some better-quality hair. These twists look more natural with time, and are very easy to care for.
At night, I make a loose pineapple, and sleep with a satin bonnet. It took more than six hours, between work and trying to finish the style, but I absolutely love the results, and loved the way my hair looked! Here's a video on how it's done.
Have you done this style before, or are you considering giving it a shot? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!