Monday, September 11, 2006

I Co-Washed My Two Strand Twists

My hair is super thick, especially in the crown. This is good, but parting it into sections is frustrating to me. My hair prefers to cling together, which makes it great for locing, but not so good for parting into sections with ease.

Because of this, I avoid unravelling my twists at all costs. I keep my twists in to save the parts, even through rinsing. I think it's been over two months since I unravelled all of my twists to shampoo it. I used New Bein' shampoo if I recall correctly.

It's been awhile since my last rinsing, and I felt that my herbal hair cocktail was building up. I really don't have the time to deal with re-parting at the moment, so I decided to try co-washing with my twists in. I have only rinsed my twists with water thus far, because I thought the conditioner may get caught up in the twists.

Of course, I needed to test that theory. So, I sprayed my dry hair with my herbal cocktail, and applied Tropical Coconut Conditioner. A lot of it. About five or six handfuls. I massaged it through my hair and rubbed my scalp with my fingertips.

I let it sit for about 15 minutes, then massaged it in a bit more and rinsed it out in the shower. Very little unravelling, but that wasn't a concern for me anyway. Water helps my hair cling more, instead of making it fall apart.

Now that my hair is completely dry, it's very soft but a bit dryish. It smells great. I let it air dry overnight with only a light misting of my cocktail. The roots are puffy and the twists are fuzzy, but I don't really mind that.

I am in serious need of a comb through/retwist. I comb out each individual twist then retwist it. Sometimes I apply products as I do this. After a few weeks of not doing it and now a full scale twisted co-wash, my hair is getting all excited about locing. We're not doing that yet guys.

Though my twists are now more tangled and fuzzy than before, I still have my precious parts. I'm going to go ahead and call the co-wash with twists a success.

1 comment:

Lina said...

WOO- hoo. Thanks for this post Kaya - I thought I was the only that did this. I do the same process, getting my hair done in box braids - keeping that style for five weeks, then changing each braid to two twists, and keeping those lovely parts as long as possible. I am looking forward to your next loose hair post :)

Blessings from Lina