Senegalese twists protective Style
For many of us, protective styles are a great method for length retention. Some of us have mastered wearing them for one week or even two or three. Then you have those of us who wear them for the long term – four, five, six, or even more weeks. So, the question is: How do we do it? How can you master long-term protective styling? Well, here are six tips to get you started:
1. Take baby steps
If you currently wear a protective style for one week, don’t immediately jump to a four-week routine. Take baby steps. Gradually increment your style duration by one week at a time and monitor your hair (especially your edges) along the way. You have to learn what your hair can actually handle before jumping deep into it a long-term protective style. Otherwise, you could do more harm to your tresses than good.
2. Part in small sections
When wearing twists or braids as a long-term protective style, it is better to make them small or miniature. Bigger twists and bigger braids tend to frizz faster, thus reducing the duration of the style. Do you love the look of mini twists but hate the single-strand knots that come with them? Well, keep your hair stretched while wearing them or opt for mini braids instead; single-strand knots are not as prevalent with these alternatives. There is also the option of doing your twists slightly bigger – not too big, but not miniature.
Redoing the twists or braids along your hairline and nape is essential especially if your hair tends to loc easily in those regions. This habit will help to reduce breakage and thinning edges by inhibiting meshing. An added benefit of redoing the perimeter is that it will give your overall style a fresher appearance. Making this method a weekly or biweekly habit will help you maintain healthy edges.
4. Use the rope/Senegalese twist method
For long-term twists, coil each of the two strands upon itself as you twist. The coiling makes for smoother, tighter twists that last longer. For a tutorial of the rope/Senegalese twist method, check out this video by BlackOnyx77. Also, be sure to make your twists strong and tight as opposed to loose and weak. Naptural85 describes the “strong” twist method in further detail in the video below (starting at 1:18).
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