Two Strand Twists Hairstyle (My First Attempt)

February 11, 2010

Twists Natural Hairstyle

I’ve been stuck in the house for the last week because Mother Nature decided to dump over 60 inches of snow in front of my house. I promise I’m buying one of those “I survived Blizzard 2010″ which I know the stores will be selling when this mess is over! Since I was bored out of my mind… I did my first attempt at two strand twists on blown out hair last week. It took me a little over eight hours because I made them pretty small. I like the result and hope to keep them in for at least three weeks. The only hair product I used was Elasta QP’s Mango Butter and some coconut oil.

Don’t really have much to update. I successfully passed the 16 month of my transition. Wish I could say time flew, but it doesn’t really feel like it, lol. And I’m still holding on to my ultimate goal of three years. Shouts to all my long transitioners to natural hair out there!!!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Flour February 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

16 months…Wow! You are doing a great job.
How did you keep your twists (relaxed ends) from unraveling?
Mind sharing some tips on what helped you the most during your transition thus far? What keeps you sane when dealing with the 2 textures? Thank you in advance. Sorry to ask so many questions…I too hope to transition for 3 yrs:)

Dani February 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Hi Flour… And Thanks!!! Honestly, I don’t know, lol. I think the moisturizer(Elasta QP Mango Butter) I used plays a big part in keeping the twists unraveled. Or it may be that the hair was blown out. I’m just happy I finally found another style outside of flat twistouts and wigs that I can wear :)

My tips are:
1. Patience. Because doing a long transition to natural is not easy for most!
2. I try to limit the manipulation on my hair. (I very rarely use brushes or combs) And majority of the time my hair is in a protective style.
3. Finger Combing has become my best friend. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it has been a life saver for me!
4. Protect my ends by keeping them moisturized.

As far as keeping sane… There were and still are times when I get frustrated detangling or styling that I just want to cut it ALL my hair off. I just try to remind myself to pause and take a break. I straightened my hair recently and that helped pull me out of a severe hair funk. And when I feel the nerve to chop, I force myself to wait a full day before making a final decision or find a short wig to wear for a few days. Hope that helps :)

K.D. February 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Girl you and me both! We were stuck in the house. We finally got out of house earlier today. Your twists are so cute!! :D

Dani February 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Thanks, KD. My street is still a complete mess so even though the cars have been dug out, I can’t move if I want to. I’ll just have to live vicariously thru you, lol.

LHDC February 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

This hair style is LOVELY!!! I think I’m going to try it on my hair.

Do you plan to BC?

Dani February 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Thanks LHDC! No, I will not be doing a big chop.

LHDC February 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I don’t blame you…BCing is kinda scary if you ask me…but your hair looks great and you’re doing a great job at 16 months post!!!

Kiarah February 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

I never thought to blow my hair out first. That might help me deal with the slippage…good idea. I will try that next time.

Naturaliscoolenough March 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Congratulations on your transition. It’s really an achievement. I have had my locs for 19 years and wouldn’t trade them for anything. I am hoping that you and other sisters will share your transistion at your blog and win a free N.I.C.E. t-shirt. They are actually fabulous!

Daphne March 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

Your hair looks great!

Natasha March 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm

This hair style is LOVELY!
I am gonna try it too :D

Kaylah April 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I love this hair style… although it takes a while it gives my hair a much needed break from daily styling …

Tiffany April 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Do you know how many twists you did? I tired this at 12 months and my twists were to big, I did about 50 of them, should I double this (divide each section in half next time).

Brie July 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

Ok so for about an hour I’ve Bern reading your blog and it’s really inspiring me to do a longterm transition. Like you, I had long thick hair before a perm and now my hair is just at my shoulders. I’m determined to transition until my hair is at least a little past my shoulders or the same length it is now. I dnt want short curly hair lol I want long curly hair. I’m only 4 months in but I plan on going for two years.
Love peace and butterflies,

arryian September 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

not sure how long its been since i went natural i think it was last year july anyway ive been bouncing from sew in hairstyles to twists with marley weave which im styling now next is one more sew in with an expensive indian hair but after that im going to end my relationship with weave in my hair except for wigs ive been using mane and tail products and glovers mane . i googled black hair care and found you i was just looking for new shampoo with growth formula and lucked up to also find ideas for hair styles. the only one i had planned after my sew in was corn rows and twists with my own hair but no i know that after that style ill be trying the mini twists thanx on this road with you going into winter

cherry l July 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I am going to try two strand twistd for the very second time today. I didn’t know you could do them on dry hair so I will be trying that techniques so that i have the desired length I want without the shrinkage, plus with the heat and the activities I plan on indulging in this summer i think this would be a wonderful solution to my hair worries. I would like to ask though do you know of any products that can help restore thinning edges?

Team Natural October 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

I had almost given up on two strand twists, twist out etc. I tried mousse, gel, you name it. My hair didn’t like any of it. I finally tried hair pudding (Olive Oil Smooth & Hold Pudding) and finally my two strand twists, twist outs and braid out look good.

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