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Flat Twists From the Bottom UP!
Wake kids call the neighbors cause you gotta tell ‘em ’bout this flat-twist video. I’ve been wanting to learn how to flat twist from the bottom up. Thank you to Nonchalant for taking the time to create and post this wonderful tutorial.
Flat Twist Criss Cross Bun
This is my first time attempting a slide show tutorial. Hope it does a good job picturing and explaining how to create this variation of my favorite do. To stop the turning pages to view at your own pace, simply move your cursor onto the page and click on it to activate the Stop Page feature. Then after that you can continue moving the cursor on and off the picture to control how fast the page turns. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and enjoy!
Creating Manageable Curls. This is an iVillage video. I swear I’m always updating this link. If it’s ever broken just use Creating Manageable Curls as a search term and you should be able to find it. It’s a really good video and takes you through the entire process of creating finger coils, including the use of a diffuser (now y’all know I’d never advocate the use of heat on precious naps!) to dry the young lady’s hair. A necessary evil I suppose for demonstration purposes. After the hair is dry, she gently separates each coils to give it a fuller look, though truth be told the coils themselves are gorgeous and could be worn as is for a couple of days before being separated for a whole new style. My only complaint is that we don’t get a full-face view to see how she really looks in her new do…we only ever see the model from the side. Other than that, from an instructional perspective, I give it an A.
How To Do Flat Twists
This is now on YouTube. It’s a really good tutorial. Good job Lovelymissyoli! I’d rate this video an A.
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Twist and Clip
Learn to trim your hair without using a blow dryer, pressing comb or flat iron to straighten it first. The reason this isn’t necessary is that nappy hair styles are remarkably forgiving when it comes to uneven hair. This is one of many reasons to say thank you for shrinkage. This excellent short little clip demonstrates how to put your hair in two-strand twists to trim your hair. Although the lighting is a little poor, you can still catch the jest of what she’s doing. When you click on the link, the video will start to load and then stop. Simply press on the play button to begin the video.
Ok…so you aren’t ready to totally embrace your shrinkage. Learn how to work with your hair to maximize your length to show it off a little. Basically, she put’s her hair in large moist twists, let’s them dry over night and picks out the next day into a nice fluffy fro. She cautions to be more gentle when picking your hair out then she’s demonstrating in the video, and she’s right. If you pick your hair out like that all the time, you risk snapping your ends off…it’s giving yourself a continuous trim. Still, another great video. This one also has some illumination issues but again you can still see what she’s doing well enough to follow along. I’ll give this one a B+ for being so rough with her own hair.
Making a Puff
If you’re puff challenged, this is the video for you. It’s actually a slide show of still pics that she has set to music. Nice. I didn’t think I was until I watched it and darned if I didn’t pick up a few pointers. Watch this one and learn how to moisturize, brush your hair back and secure it in a way that protects you hairline while making the cutest puff ever. She even has tips on how to accessorize your puff. You go girl. I really liked this one. This one gets an A+.
Learn to Do Braid Extension (Grow Afro Hair Long)
This video shows techniques on preparing your own hair and they synthetic hair for braiding. However, as usual the braider is tells you to blow dry or straighten your hair prior to having it braided. WRONG! You absolutely do no have to put heat on your hair to stretch it prior to having it braided. Simply shampoo and put your hair in big plaits (box braids for you youngin’s) and let your hair dry overnight. When you take your hair down to get it braided, it will be sufficiently stretched enough for your stylist to work with. You can view this videos on the Internet or download it onto your computer. C+ for telling folks to put heat on their hair. In my book that’s an absolute no-no. Otherwise, it’s a pretty good video.
Taking Out Extensions (Grow Afro Hair Long)
This is a very short silent video that shows you how to gently handle your hair when removing braids, especially when you’ve had some buildup around their base. Very narrow focus and there are a whole lot more things to consider when you’re taking your hair down like, avoid cutting off your own hair when you snip off the excess hair. How to take down multiple braids at one time. Products to use to promote slippage….etc., etc., etc. Give it a B for at least capturing this one tiny part of the task of taking your braids down.
How To Do Three-strand Twists
Dispite the horrible lighting, this video will give you SOME idea of how to execute a three strand twists. Basically you need three strands (duh! right?!?)and then you twirl them clockwise or counter clockwise…won’t matter which…around each other resisting the urge to take a strand through the middle like you’d do a braid. The end result is a twist that looks more like a rope. Here’s a link to some pictures of the ones that I did: My Three-strand Twists. It’s also much tighter than a regular two-strand twist and it’s much thinner. So if you’re a thin-haired nappy you may NOT like the final result on you if regular twists look scalpy on you this may surely make it more pronounced.
Also, if you have very tightly coiled nappy hair, prone to massive shrinkage, this technique will appear to initially elongate your twists to show more length. However for me, my shrinkage eventually caught up to me and shrink away they did. Now in my opinion, three-strand twist really doesn’t look THAT much different than a two-strand twist. And so, I conclude that this is a lot more work to put into twists for honestly not a lot of visual difference. But on the other hand it makes for some awesome and well defined twistouts. So anyhoo, go ahead and take a look at this video. It’s fun to learn and even if your twists don’t look all that different, maybe you can end up with a killer twistout! Enjoy!
Celebrating Nappy Hair