Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Protective style challenge/Curly Mini Twists with a twist






It is no secret that I have fine hair which is is very delicate. I still cannot believe that I was wearing a "wash and go" style everyday for almost two months. It did not seem like my hair was breaking at the time but when I did a length check, I did not make any progress. So, me dear readers, I have decided to leave the "curly girl" method (or "kill my hair" method, in my case) alone. The truth is, my hair breaks EASILY and it has nothing to do with protein and moisture balance.

My hair is just very delicate and should not be touched too often. I have decided to wear protective styles for as long as I can take it.  My protective style for this month (Sept 8th till Oct 8th) is Mini Twists.

 Okay, so mini twists, as beautiful as they are, are not kind to fine hair (I have a long history with mini twists).

My hair got so matted together and I lost hair in the process of detangling my hair. Oh, the frustration of taking mini twists out but I always loved the look of mini twists.

In my opinion, mini twists or twists for that matter are not protective styles. They are low manipulative styles and can be damaging depending on your hair type. The ends are not protected and if you have the "hand in hair" problem (always touching your hair at your desk or wherever), then it's even worse, because you gradually loose the ends of your hair from physical stress.

Looking at the pictures above, I am sure by now, you probably think I am crazy for installing another set of mini twists.  But if  you look closely, you would see that I used extensions. Yes!!!! For the first time I had enough courage to add extensions to my hair. Once I did my daughter's yarn twists, I felt very ready to do these on myself. I am very happy with the results. They look so natural that it's hard to tell they are not mine, unless you look very closely.

Honestly, everyone should learn how to do their own hair. That way, you don't have to worry about fighting with the stylist about handling your hair with care. You control how your hair is handled, parted and styled. Even though, my edges are fine from the last Senegalese twists, I am even more confident about my edges this time around because I handled my hair delicately

These are completely protective as my ends are hidden. Also the technique I used is not going to have my hair matted together.  I am currently editing the tutorial for these. Trust me, it is not anything that you have not seen on Youtube, but I hope it can be helpful to anyone interested.


Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please contact me at coilybella@coilybella.com.


SUB CB ON YOUTUBE | LIKE CB ON FACEBOOK | FOLLOW CB ON TWITTER

20 comments:

  1. Sorry you didn't retain any growth. :( The twists look great. I agree with you about twists not being a protective style. I believe that protective styles should protect your ends and be low manipulation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jen!
      There are certain styles that I just have to leave alone. The curly girl method is not for me if I want to retain length.

      Delete
  2. Aww...sis, you live and learn. :) I love those twists and as you said I wouldn't have known they were not all yours if you didn't say anything. Wow..great job. Waiting for the video.
    PS: I love the new layout. I'm due for a change myself :0

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey sis,
      Thanks so much
      I have accepted that certain styles are not for me. I am loving these twists. I just love twists in general but I am happy that my ends are hidden.

      Delete
  3. Fine hair is tough. A stiff breeze with wreck havoc on some strands in a minute. I am experiencing some real hair craziness at the moment and appreciate your comments about mini twists. I find myself in full agreement. They can be quite damaging as they knot and mat and otherwise do things that are not in keeping with length retention.

    Thanks for the wise post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much!
      I get excited when someone else sees eye to eye with me. I hope ladies with fine hair can learn from me and stop delaying their progress with damaging "protective styles".

      Delete
  4. Your hair is really pretty. Love how you cant tell that extensions are in it.
    Great post. I lost a lot of length to twist but when I learnt how to do loose twists there has been no turning back. Keeping my hair in buns and bigger braids when it is in twists also helps me keep my ends protected and hands out of my hair.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nat. I wish I could bun my hair. The pin ups and updos of my twists did not work at all. I was putting a lot of stress on my hair as I tried to make those styles work. I have heard of the loose twists but I still want all my ends hidden. Once my hair gets longer, then it would look nice with braided twists and bunned twists, but till then, it's protective styles all the way:)

      Delete
  5. Before I read the post I thought "wow her hair has grown!" lol They look very natural. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL....That's was my goal to make them look as natural as possible. The whole point of doing these is to protect my ends. And thank you:)

      Delete
  6. I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Details here http://mybabygirlscurls.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-was-nominated-for-versatile-blogger.html ^_^ BTW, those mini-twists are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much. I am working on sharing the glory:)

      Delete
  7. Wow, that looks natural. I couldn't even tell until you mentioned it/ Great job.

    And I understand your frustrations with fine hair. Dreading was a good move for me because I had breakage issues, too. Even now I have to be extra careful with certain parts of my head when manipulating.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Girl, I have been thinking about locs very seriously...lol fFine hair is no joke but I am experimenting with protective styles and will see how that goes.:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm still trying to learn how to style my hair with extensions, but i believe some styles can only be achieved with a stylist. So I still use stylists about 5% of the time, mainly when I need to do cornrows or single braids, which I don't do as often anymore. Too bad the curly/kill my hair method didn't work for you. BTW, I nominated you for the versatile blog award on my blog on my blog.
    http://curiouskinks.blogspot.ca/2012/09/versatille-blogger-award.html

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love your style. I recently purchased a package of spring twist hair to try out, but I haven't gotten the method down for adding it to my own hair. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. check my video on youtube "curly mini twists with a twist"

      Delete
  12. looks great! i thought it was all your hair haha. i don't think i've seen anyone do mini twists with extensions before.
    i feel you on the mini twists, though. i have lots of density but my strands are super fine, and mini twists tore up my ends. ssks and matting everywhere :( lately, i've been doing twists between small/medium with braided roots and i'm hoping they'll be nice to my hair.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mini twists are pretty but destructive to certain hair types.
      I love twists with braided roots as well!

      Delete

I will love to hear from you
Please comment below