I tried to recreate a natural hairstyle that I saw on google images two weeks ago. It didn't turn out that way, BUT I tried it lol:
Meh. I rocked it for two weeks regardless because it took 6 or 8 hours to do it. I be dern.
Labor day weekend I took the twists down but left the flat twists along my hairline in. I added some gold hair jewelry to the flat twists just because.
I used Oyin Handmade's Burnt Sugar Pomade along with Olive Oil to help me take my twists down.
I planned on detangling my hair the next day so I banded my hair using cotton ponytail elastic bands made for children. I get these particular ones at dollar tree:
|please excuse that tag that is on display|
I had somewhere to go and I didn't have high hopes for my banded hair turning out anything short of jacked up. But I was pleasantly surprised when I took them all down. My hair was pretty elongated and well preserved from the previous day:
|One section that was released from the bands. The twist out is very elongated and well preserved.|
I've banded my twist outs in the past, but I've always hated the outcome. I believe the success of this go round is due to the fact that my twists were medium sized/small and therefore my twist out was well defined. So when I banded my hair, it was in small coils that could be stretched out. Once it was released, the coils were stretched out and I did not lose definition in the process.
The other times that I've tried stretched twist outs, they were done on a twist out from large/jumbo twists. So once I banded my hair, the little bit of wavy definition I had, was completely lost and my twist out was ruined.
And don't get me wrong. I love my stretched out, undefined hair. However, whenever I have attempted to band my hair from a twist out from big twists, my hair was not unified and didn't look like it was styled on purpose.
Banding my hair from a well defined twist out allowed my hair to maintain its shape and definition.
Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!