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Summer is on it’s way or for some of us winter is coming . The change in seasons is a great time to begin thinking about protective styling. Thankfully, there are so many options for natural hair ladies.
Personally, one of my favorite protective styles is a low manipulation hairstyle--the wash and go.
Read about how I grow my hair using the wash and go
But there are plenty of times throughout the year where I just need a break from doing my hair, even if I can stretch my wash and go’s 8-9 days.
Whenever these moments materialize, I put my hair in box braids, which are a great protective style; but they take forever to install or cost way more than I want to pay for someone to install them.
The other option I use frequently for protective styling is two strand mini twists.
What are mini twists?
Mini twists are small to tiny two-strand twists usually twisted in a rope twist style or a loose twist style, depending on the intended look of the twists.
They are a great protective style, as they don’t take that long to install, don’t require hair extensions, and allow for you to still moisturize and care for your hair and scalp.
Installing mini twists
There are a number of tutorials on Youtube for mini twists installations. So installing them should be relatively easy for anyone. The versatility of mini twists is initially demonstrated in the installation process.
You can install them on wet hair, dry hair or stretched hair. Installing mini twists on wet hair will give you a more defined and shrunken look.
Installation on slightly damp or air dried hair will give you the juicy, swollen look.
Mini twists on stretched hair will look look less defined, but will show more of your length.
Wearing mini twists
Mini twists are not only a great protective style but are also an all around awesome natural hairstyle because of their wearability.
You can wear them down, half up and half down, in a ponytail, or in a bun.
Many ladies style their mini twists as they would their own loose hair. They rod set them, or braid them, or style them in flat twists etc.
Benefits of wearing mini twists
Beyond the fact that mini twists are a protective style (which they totally are) they can also help with length retention.
Using mini twists on your hair growth journey is a great technique because it allows you to keep your hair bound together, thereby protecting the strands, but also allows you to still be able to take care of your hair and enjoy your hair.
Many naturalistas have used mini twists for length retention and had tremendous success. One of my favorites is the Youtuber Ms Alicia James. She has tons of videos on her hair journey using mini twists.
You can wash your mini twists and deep condition your mini twists. Likewise you can easily uninstall them and give your hair the treatment it may need.
For some, washing your mini twists may be easier and less of a burden then washing your loose hair. As your hair won’t be as susceptible to tangling.
After you have cleansed and conditioned your hair, you can stretch your twists and then sit under the dryer to get your length back.
Girls also love to wear them too. Just ask my daughters. They love the freedom of styling their own hair each day and seeing their length.
The best benefit of all may be that it’s your hair. As much as I love wearing my hair in box braids with extensions or crochet hair, none of that hair is as soft as my own hair. I love the feel of my hair in the mini twists and so does my husband.
If you’re thinking about giving your hair a break or protective styling for the next season give mini twists a chance.
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