How to Wash Kinky Twists

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For naturally curly hair, the kinky twist is a soft alternative to braids and easier to remove and/or maintain than dreadlocks. By sectioning wet hair into 3/4-inch squares and dividing diagonally, the resulting two strands are twisted left over right to create the lock. As the hair dries, the curls tighten, securing the twist without beads or rubber bands. Since water relaxes curls and loosens twists, it is important to wash hair only once or twice per week. Take special care when washing to prevent unraveling or frizzing the twist. With careful attention, a kinky twist hairstyle will last from two weeks to several months, depending on the rate of hair growth and your attention to hair care.

Things You'll Need

  • Stocking cap
  • Hose
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Oil-based or herbal styling product
  • Purchase a stocking cap or make your own. Separate the leg of a pair of hose near the top of the thigh. Cut it again near the knee and tie a knot. For kinky twists longer than the nape of your neck, leave the entire leg of the hose intact so you can encase all of your hair.

  • Place the stocking cap over your hair before getting in the shower. For long hair, gather your hair into a loose ponytail and insert it into the stocking cap. Once the stocking cap is over your scalp, spread the hair out as much as possible so the water and soap will penetrate evenly.

  • Squeeze the hair to allow the water to penetrate each twist.

  • Place shampoo on the stocking cap and massage lightly to lather. Squeeze the hair to work the soap through each twist and to the scalp.

  • Rinse with water until squeezing the hair no longer produces lather.

  • Place conditioner on the stocking cap and squeeze hair to work the conditioner through each twist. Rinse the hair until the stocking cap no longer feels slick.

  • Blot the hair dry while still in the stocking cap to help prevent frizzing and unraveling.

  • Inspect the ends of the twists and rewrap any ends that have begun to unravel. As the hair dries, the twist will tighten.

  • Treat the twists with an oil-based or herbal hair product to keep the twists shiny and tight. Remember to lift layers of twists and spray underneath to keep the roots of the hair and base of the twist moisturized and prevent breakage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Massage your scalp at least once a week, if not daily, to increase oil production and prevent dandruff. Use only the pads of your fingers and work along the part dividing each row of twists.

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