Twist braids are a great protective hairstyle, easy to install and wear, and a very versatile style. You can play with lengths, colors, sizes, accessories, and also style by tying or making buns, etc.
However, you can experience something that usually doesn’t happen with regular braids, namely the process of accidental unraveling. But you can keep the twists from unraveling by following a few steps.
Since we all want to be in control of it, and only untangle them when we decide, as a professional braider I will share what you can do to keep the twists from unraveling and prevent this disaster!
How to install windings to prevent them from falling apart?
First of all, regardless of whether or not you use synthetic hair, the most important thing is the technique used to make the twists.
Therefore, the first thing to do to prevent them from unraveling, is to “disintegrate” them well. I’m going to develop this right below, and the second part of the article will cover how to prevent them from breaking after installation.
Hence, we go with some basic steps you need to follow to get the right twists:
wash your hair
Start with clean hair. Washing your hair will ensure there is no build-up that could interfere with your twisting process.
Resting before starting the process is critical. This will give you the energy you need to focus on creating your twists.
Start whenever you have time for it. Take your time. Prepare everything you need (comb, hair extensions if you want to use, products, etc.) dry your hair, and use products according to your hair type (there is no need to use a conditioner or detangling spray if not. Have hair type 3b/c or type 4 hair).
If you want to use gels, or an edge control product, choose one that doesn’t leave build-up the next day. You can spray a little water on your hair before you start (after detangling), but don’t start with your hair completely wet.
Get the party started, let your hair down. Split the path made for one turn into two equal parts, and start rolling the two strands in opposite directions. Continue by twisting them together.
More precisely, cross each other repeatedly while continuing to roll the two strands in opposite directions. Twist them all the way, where the strands should be very thin.
Using hair extensions
In case you use hair extensions, do not forget to stretch them well, so that they are not too thick at the ends. Also, if you are using synthetic hair, you will need to dip the twists in boiling hot water at the end.
If you’re not using synthetic hair, try not to make the sections too big, and use a strong hold product at the ends of each twist.
Another method to secure the end of the twist is to make the twist into a three-strand braid at the end. Make sure to braid it in the same direction you used to twist it.
So, once you’ve successfully installed your twists, or just had your twists delivered by someone else, you may need to know how to keep them from coming apart while wearing them.
How to treat twists and prevent them from unraveling?
Protect them from friction
Use a satin cap or scarf over your head while sleeping and dressing. Avoid letting cats, monkeys or children play with your hair. It’s also good to moisturize and hydrate your twists using a spray bottle of water before bed.
Be careful when designing your twists
Do not tie your twist too tightly, do not pull them, and also be very careful if you want to decorate them with beads or other accessories – it is advisable to use only clip types. Try not to over manipulate them.
Wash them gently
You can wash your twists as often as you need, using shampoo, water and conditioner only if your hair type needs it, but learn to do it gently. Use a soft microfiber towel when you’re done.
If you need to use a hair dryer, wrap a scarf around your hair first, so your hair doesn’t get frizzy.
Don’t forget that if your twists don’t unravel on their own, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t unravel when the time comes.
If you leave them too long, they will even resist untangling, and it will be very difficult for you to detangle your hair. You should take the time to take them off if you care about your hair.
To take them off, do the same thing you did when twisting them, but reverse, and detangle your hair with all your patience. Then, co-wash the hair, and this applies to all hair types.
Overall, Twist braids They are not difficult to handle, and you can have a lot of fun wearing them. Make this time worthwhile, and be happy!
- Twist braids are versatile, but can accidentally come undone.
- Control the unraveling process by installing twists correctly.
- Proper installation of twists is essential, whether or not synthetic hair is used.
- Start with clean and rested hair for the winding process.
- Collect necessary items such as comb, hair extensions and hair products.
- Detangle your hair, and apply products suitable for your hair type.
- Part your hair and twist two strands in opposite directions, continuing to the thin ends.
- If you use hair extensions, stretch them well and avoid thick ends.
- Secure the twist ends by interlacing them in the same twist direction.
- After installation, prevent windings from unraveling by careful maintenance.
- Protect coils from friction by using a satin cap or scarf.
- Style twists carefully without pulling too hard or over-manipulating them.
- Rinse your twists gently and use a soft microfiber towel to dry.
- Remove Twists Reverse the twisting process, untwist patiently.
- Wash the hair together after removing the twists, applies to all hair types.
- have a nice time wearing twist braids and take good care of them.
The length of time your twists can last depends on the size of your twists, your hair type and how well you take care of them, but no matter what, try not to keep them for more than six weeks.
Rubber bands can help, but they can also hurt. You can put rubber bands at the root and ends of your twists to help them stay, but don’t put too much in there as they can start to bind into your hair. Also, they should be soaked in olive oil before use, so that they are not too sticky.