Styling Adventures: 3 Strand Twist Out

Hey guys!!

If you follow @thekinkandi on Instagram, this is old news but here’s how I wore my hair last week, and a break down of how I was able to achieve it.

3 Strand What?

You’re definitely familiar with regular two-strand twists: twisting with two sections of hair. The 3 strand twist is a different way of twisting, with three strands. How is this possible? Isn’t that a braid, you ask? Nope, it isn’t.

To 3 strand twist, you need 3 sections, like a braid. You can start it as a braid, so that your roots can firmly hold, and then you start the twisting.

After the braid beginning, you have three strands yes, left, centre, right- let’s call them A, B, C respectively.

Make the rightest the leftest, as in- move the section on the right to the innermost left. The centre is now the rightest. Make it the leftest now. By so doing, the one that was originally on the left is now on the right, so you now make that one the leftest once more. And you repeat till you’re all the way down your twist.

ABC
CAB
BCA
ABC. Repeat.

If your hair thins out down the twist, you can finish with a 2 strand twist or just twirl the end round your finger. And that is all.

tada!! :D Took me about 90 minutes, because I'm a bit of a snail

tada!! 😀 Took me about 90 minutes, because I’m a bit of a snail

Nahhh, who am I kidding? Everything I’ve said may only make sense if you actually SEE it. Watch this really helpful video tutorial from Alyssa Forever, to see how it’s done.

I saw a pictorial showing how to do a 3 strand twist without starting as a braid and it really confused me. Still, it may be the thing to help you get it. Go see it here.

Products Used

I did this on clean, damp hair, fresh from Washday.
My leave-ins are humectant packed and I was trying to avoid frizz small, so I decided to do without them, and use just shea butter as a sealant and styling pomade. I used Cecees Curls Whipped Shea Butter (review soon)

The Unraveling: Twist Out

– I had the twists in from Friday night to Monday morning.
– I oiled my hands with a little shea butter and carefully undid the twists, twisting in the opposite direction, very careful with separating the sections as too much movement can cause it to frizz and lose definition.
– I held the front sides up with 2 hair combs. (I bought my hair combs in July from Fashion Strings at NITC 6. Contact deets in Directory) Voila!

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My Weather app predicted 94% Humidity on Monday so I prepared myself for the possibility that my twistout would be totally unrecognisable by the time I came home. Yes it swelled, but I liked the chunkiness.

#teamSwelly

#teamSwelly

Maintenance:

At night, I took different sections and braided the hair Simbi Style, taking care not to disturb my parting. I didn’t comb and I didn’t finger detangle either.

Simbi! :D

Simbi! 😀

Day 2 hair had less definition, but it was still alright.

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Pinned to the sides for court

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And after 3 hours of wearing the wig, the back had no curl

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By Day 4, the twist out had pretty much expired. I tried to wear it to work. It was fine when I left the house…

Day 4 hair

Day 4 hair

…But by the time I got to work, it was limp and looking somehow, so I couldn’t resist the urge to ‘Fro It. Which I did! Just a few runs with my wide toothed comb, and I had the best looking fro I’ve had so far. 😀

check me 'fro outttt

check me ‘fro outttt

Why 3 Strand Twists Are Awesome

I personally prefer the way braid outs look to twist outs, at least on kinky hair. Braid outs give chunkier curls or waves, with more texture. 3 strand twists appear to give curlier results.

3 strand twists hold better than 2 strand twists. Long story short, I’m just team #3StrandTwist.

Do You 3 Strand Twist? Could you? Would you? Why or why not? Let’s talk in the comments!

Love,

AB

Xx

P.S. I know “leftest” is not in the dictionary. :p

For An Optimist, I Can Be Pretty Pessimistic

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Hellurrr!

As you know, I’m wearing Finger coils at the moment and I love them! This is a little funny because I was SO ready to give up on all of my three attempts. I started on Saturday as I watched Pocahontas. At the end of the movie, I hadn’t achieved much :/

Sunday, I loosened Saturday’s work because I wanted to wet my whole head. I figured spraying would be too much work when I could just rinse it. But guess what? My roommate made jollof rice and I ate too much and couldn’t achieve much after that.

My negative goggles were proper thick last weekend shaaaa! I just couldn’t see any good coming out of what I was doing. To my eyes, my coils were too poofy, too rough, not pretty. The hair itself was looking dull to me, like it wasn’t dark enough, like it had no shine. I was whining, wondering if all the stress was worth it, but my roommate kept encouraging me (thank you, F!!) So Monday I stayed home and finally finished the work.

On Tuesday when I woke up, I actually wasn’t sure I could make it to work (real vain, I know), but after a while, I decided I would risk it, pulling out my makeup bag for morale support. Who else does this? I don’t usually wear makeup to work, it’s much too hot! But I stepped into the light (literally), looked in the mirror, and saw that I didn’t NEED makeup to pick me up. My hair was cute, not bad at all for a first attempt, I was good to go! AND my hair was dark and lovely and shiny!

Up close

Yes indeed!

How did I not see that? I really wonder what was happening over the weekend!

I’m happy I kept going. One more style I like, one more style I’ve learnt to do!! Yay!

Today’s lesson, kids: Don’t let doubt and negativity hold you back from trying something new in life or hair. Don’t obsess about being perfect, just keep going, Keep Moving Forward!! 🙂

Yours truly was featured on Queen of Kinks over at NenoNatural this week! Please go check it out here, thank you 🙂

Love & Lots of Positivity,

AB

xx

And oh, just in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new page on the blog- Need Help? FAQs. I’d like to know your thoughts, please and thank you. 🙂

Styling Adventures: Finger Coils!

Hey guys!

Have you entered the Natural Nigerian Product Giveaway? If you haven’t, see this post.

Today I’m sharing my current hair style: Finger coils!

Simply put, a Finger coil is achieved by twirling and twirling a section of hair with, and round your finger. Stay with me.

What You NEED:

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  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Gel [I used Pink EcoStyler]
  • Wide tooth comb + Denman brush + Rat tail comb

I Also Used:

  • CeCees Curls Whipped Shea Butter
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Sunny Isle) from The Kinky Apothecary. 

Considering how humid these parts are, I was advised by twitter curlfriend @PharmNikki, to avoid products with glycerine. Glycerine is a humectant, it draws moisture into your hair which is mostly a good thing, except when you’re trying to avoid frizz.

The only gel I have (Eco Styler) contains glycerine, so I didn’t want to use any of my humectant-packed leave-ins. My hair was freshly hydrated and well conditioned after Washday, so as I put the wet hair in sections, I sealed with the Whipped Shea Butter.

This style took me over 4 hours to do (I’m quite the snail it seems), so to do each section, I:

  • Undid the chunky twists
  • Sprayed water
  • Rubbed a little JBCO to aid detangling
  • Got to work.

The Main the Main: How To Do Your Coils

You need to see a video to really get it, so here’s this one from MyNaturalSistas:

For a coil to hold, it’s best to work on wet hair, with the aid of some styling gel.

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You are advised to detangle hair very very thoroughly before you get a-twirling, so that take-down isn’t a nightmare. Which was why I detangled in this order: Fingers, Wide-tooth comb, Denman brush and finally Tail comb. I’ll let you know if all the combing was worth it when I take this down.

Long story short: Wet hair- Apply Gel- Thoroughly detangle- Twirl.

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In other news, my hair isn't longer than it was in September :(

In other news, my hair isn’t longer than it was in September 😦

tayaaad.

tayaaad.

look at that belly well well! It won't be here in 3 months!!

look at that belly well well! It won’t be here in 3 months!!

Front

Front

Back/side

Back/side

Aerial view LOL from the top

Aerial view LOL from the top

Up close

Up close

Signing out with a pout. Peace.

Signing out with a pout. Peace!!

Maintenance

So far, I spritz with plain water when it feels dry. Then I rub oil on my palms and just spread it over to seal. And I tie it down with a scarf at night, to prevent the coils from taking awkward positions.

A Warning

Can you see how this style looks similar to dreadlocks? It’s very easy for hair to matt and start loc’ing in this state, so you are advised not to leave it in for long- i.e. not more than 2, 3 weeks.

Finger Coils, Are They Worth It?

Yes my roots are quite poofy but Lord knows I tried. Like I always say, A for Effort!! 🙂 I trust I’ll get better with time. This hair took a lot of time to do (5-6 hours in total), and I haven’t detangled like that in ages! I kept thinking about my comb avoidance policy, but if this lasts me 2 weeks, I think the effort would be well justified & I’d definitely do this again. *fingers crossed*

Why Finger Coils Rock

In addition to being cute, one thing to note about Finger Coils is that this style looks great on high and low density hair alike. I think it’s even an advantage with low density hair (that is, hair that isn’t very full). You could go see Black Zulu’s pretty Finger coils over at her blog here.

Styling short natural hair can be a conundrum. This style looks cute on all lengths, but it’s better for us shorties cos we don’t have as much hair to work with.

And I think Finger Coils look even cuter on Tapered hair cuts (this is you if your hair is shorter at the back and in the sides)

So luvvies. What do you think? Have you ever Finger coiled? Would you try? What style are you wearing right now?

Love,

AB

xx

P.S. You can get EcoStyler for 1000 naira from The Kinky Apothecary. Contact information for both the Apothecary and CeCees Curls is in the Where To Find Directory.