You know how you see a fellow natural with the most beautiful curls that look gorgeous and effortless. Hair envy, right? More than likely those curls are not effortless. Some naturals can achieve the perfect wash-and-go style, but I highly recommend against it as an everyday option because it is not practical year round and frequent wetting causes dry curls. Here's how you can prepare your curls for that effortless wash and go look.
If you are like me your natural texture does not produce a desirable style. So I create a wash-and-go look by doing a twist out. This is my go-to-style. A good go-to style is one that you feel confident about, is easy for you to create, requires little or no maintenance, and allows you to moisturize daily. Go-to styling makes natural hair care easy when life gets busy.
My go-to style is two flat twists. This style is easy for me to do after shampooing my hair, I enjoy wearing the twists up for a few days, and the take down is gorgeous. After a few days of no maintenance I can reveal beautiful deep waves from the twist out. The style works best when I create it on clean hair. I use my favorite moisturizing lotion, Dudley's PCA, pure olive oil, rose water, and sometimes setting lotion. Then part my hair in two even sections and create flat twists on each side. No dryer for me. I leave the twists in to air dry for maximum moisture retention. Sleeping in a silk scarf protects my edges and keeps my hair smooth so I have no maintenance to do the following morning. After about 3-5 days, depending on my schedule, I remove the twists to reveal the perfect beach waves. The real reason I love this style is I get two for one! Yeah!
To maintain the style at night after taking the twists down, I do one of two things to avoid a frizzy mess the next day. 1) recreate original flat twists or 2) quickly create loose single twists. You can add a little moisturizing lotion or lightly spritz with rose water to ensure curl definition and eliminate frizz. Always tie down with a silky scarf to keep style silky and in place while you sleep.
Love the twist out, but not the twists up? For my clients who do not like their natural hair in flat twists, we create simple braids or twists under a wig while their hair sets and dries. Flat twists can be styled in several ways to create the perfect twist out on natural hair. Here's another option for a twist out pattern:
Do you have the perfect go to style? What is it and what is your curl pattern? We’d love to hear how you make styling easy. Please share in comments below.