Three-Strand Twists (I finally Did it!)
First of all, let me say that the concept of a three-strand twist has intrigued me for some time. I first learned of such a thing on Nappturality.com in the Napptural Hair Workshop forum where lo and behold, there was a seven page thread of folks inquiring and posting pics of how to twist rope with three strands. But, there were no pictures to be had of anyone who had successfully mastered doing a three strand twist. I think someone did eventually post pics along with written directions. I think at that point I understood the concept but couldn’t quite master the technique on my own hair — my fingers kept wanting to make a braid — not a twist.
With this do, the top and sides are two-strand flat twists. I’m
holding a two strand twist so you can see the results of the two
different techniques. As you can see a two-strand twist is much
looser in construction than that of a three-strand twist, which
looks much more like that of a rope.
Fast forward to today. I’m sitting in my car, in my driveway, watching the rain come down in 50-degree weather in December while listening to my new Fantasia CD. Anyway, I’m playing with one of my twists like I always do when for some reason I decide to see if I can do a three-strand twist. I’ll be darned. It came out beautifully. The trick is definitely figuring out how to keep the three strands going around in a circle and resisting the urge to take one through the middle like you would a braid. So I took another one down to see if I could duplicate my efforts. Yep. Whoa sis…I’m excited now. Wake the kids call the neighbors I done did me some three-strand twists.
Well now I decided to retwist my entire head…it was due for a touch up anyway. Now this took some time. I started in the back on the left. It got harder as I reached the middle and it was quite a challenge when I got to my right side. You see, I tend to twist in the opposite direction depending what side of my head I’m working on. Doing two-strand twists poses no problems doing that…three-strand twists are a different story. Had to reorient myself on how to get the hair going in a circular motion in the opposite direction. Let me tell you this whole three-strand twist thing started feeling like waaaaay too much work.
In the end, it turned out really cute. These days, I’m still wearing my Flat Twist Half Bun hair style. Same one I’ve been wearing for most of the year. And the thing is, I absolutely have no desire to change my hair at the moment. But I figure that’s ok. Heck, I wore a Bob for three years, guess I can wear this one for another two years. But more than likely, I’ll go back to doing my trusty two-strand twists. lol!
Pros: Cute. Something different. Elongated the twist. Feels sturdier. Makes the best twistouts ever!
Con: Takes waaaay to long to do. Hard time maintaining technique towards the middle and on the right side. Fingers cramped. Hands cramped. Hands feel swollen several hours later.
Questions: How well will they hold up? Will they be harder to take down? Will I have more or less issues with tangling especially at the ends?
Verdict? Shrinkage still a major factor. Sooo, I’m really not sure that doing these will be worth the effort again.