Lately, I’ve been itching (not literally) for a new hairstyle and I knew I wanted it to be something that wouldn’t take me 35 days to do, and also something that would be little to no maintenance.
So I ran to the good old YouTube for some inspiration and came upon a protective style I’ve been wanting to try my hand at since last year; Yarn twists
Now at first, I was going to do some dread extensions because between you and me, it has passed my thoughts on more than one occasion to lock up in the distant future. The idea itself still scares the jeepers out of me but I figured if I tried out the dread extensions, I could see how they’d look on me before making any final decisions.
That idea didn’t travel very far because after utilizing the braid and wrap method, it took almost ten minutes just to complete one. And I’m telling you, I was just not having any of that on a Sunday afternoon. Especially when I needed to be up early Monday morning. I needed something that would be done before sun down. Which is when I came across a link for yarn twists. And so the challenge was accepted!
Oh, I forgot to mention the fact that I still have my mini twists in. Reason for that being 1) I didn’t know how these would come out and so I planned on just leaving them in for a week or two and then 2) After I take them out, I didn’t want to just hop onto another protective style. I’d much rather take all of it out and do some wash n gos.
The yarn I ended up using was just some random brand I found at a beauty supply store in the city and I purchased two just to be on the safe side. (Although I ended up using one with only a couple strands of the second pack)
Also the day before, I separated my mini twists into small sections with maybe 2-4 twists in each so that would cut some time out of the actual twisting process.
The following day when I started twisting, I dampened each section with water juuuuuuuuust a little, and added a tiny bit of curl enhancing smoothie to keep my hair nice and hydrated under that yarn.
Then I used the Senegalese twisting method, with a braid at the top, to apply them. Each section had 8 individual strings, so when folded in half, you get 16 pieces. Twisttwisttwist and finally after twisting, I placed a small rubber band (or two) at the ends.
Here’s some tips:
- If you plan on reusing the yarn for future styling (like I do) try and keep the yarn as even as possible, so when you get to the bottom, you won’t have to cut any stray aways.
- Use Acrylic yarn ONLY! I’m still not completely sure as to why, but that’s what I’ve been told by several people/videos so it’s what I did, haha.
- Separating the yarn prior to doing your hair will also save you a ton of time. Just keep in mind that when you get to the crown of your head, the yarn will need to be longer.
- Depending on the size, length, thickness of your hair/the yarn, you may end up using more than one pack of yarn so plan accordingly.
- Don’t do them too tight! Being heavy handed, I ended up making that mistake and they became annoying to sleep in. The yarn is pretty resilient so the coarser your hair, you wont have to worry much about slipping at the root. It also helps to not be so tight if you plan on doing up-dos like high buns often.
The whole process took me about 5 1/2 hours to do and I absolutely lovelovelove this style. Next time, I’ll be sure to not have my twists in because although they blend nicely, I’ve had my mini twists in for a month already and I’ll have to take them out soon to prevent knotting.
Pretty spectacular for a five dollar hairstyle, don’t you think? :)