Question: Please could you explain what hair manipulation is? Also how do you keep your twists so neat for so long? That joy seems to be beyond me. At the moment I can't even keep twists in for more than a night and then I just take them out and wear a twistout. Do you wash/co-wash your hair whilst you've got your twists in? How?
Hi Abii :)
Hair manipulation means to touch or mess with ones hair. So when I say that I do not manipulate my hair that often, it means that I do not comb, brush, or change my hairstyles constantly. But how much is too much manipulation varies from person to person. For me, manipulating my hair too much means combing (detangling) it everyday, and heck, even once a week. For some people, once a week works for them. As I said earlier, it also means styling your hair too much. For me and my hair, styling my hair too much can be going from twists to braids and back to twists again all in the same week.If I manipulate my hair too much, it can lead to breakage or mechanical damage to the hair strands.
B)How do you keep your twists so neat for so long. That joy seems to be beyond me. At the moment I can't even keep twists in for more than a night and then I just take them out and wear a twistout. Do you wash/co-wash your hair whilst you've got your twists in? How?
You sound like my boyfriend. He has a hard time keeping twists in his hair. Have you tried doing them smaller? Sometimes smaller twists will hold better than bigger ones.
But trust me, it took a lot of trial and error to figure out how to keep my twists frizz free for long periods of time. I learned that the best way for me to keep my twists looking neat is to not manipulate (there goes that term again) my hair that often. When my hair is wet, or if I just spritzed it with my moisturizer, I don't immediately style it right afterward. I give it time to dry and then style it. I also sleep on my stomach, and not directly on the style. That helps a lot. I also don't rinse my hair much while it is in twists, if at all. And that has nothing to do with frizz, but because my hair easily tangles when I rinse too much.
When I do rinse or cowash (conditioner wash) my twists I use the pads of my fingers to massage my scalp but I try not to disturb (or manipulate) my twists that much. That helps to preserve the style. Once again, I try to refrain from vigorously rubbing my hair while it is wet. When you manipulate the hair a lot while it is wet, it can make your hairstyle become very frizzy or fuzzy.
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