All you need to know about mini twists on Type 4 Natural Hair

Mini twists are small sized twists, cute, protective, easy to install and low manipulation style. They are a protective style as long as you don’t over manipulate them, hold them tightly, keep them for far too long and skip moisturizing.

Hello mane embracers, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

Growing natural hair long or thick is almost every naturals goal, I don’t think I know a natural who isn’t chasing length or volume alongside healthy hair. As a beginner I would advice chase healthy hair first, volume and length will automatically be added to you.

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One of the major ways to grow your hair is retaining length cos your hair is always growing but if you don’t retain the length, you’ll be out here going, “why is my hair not growing” or “which products will grow my hair”

Protective styles that are actually protective will help you retain length. To start off, get to know about why your favorite protective styles aren’t growing your hair here. One protective style that am always wearing and would say helps me grow my hair is mini twists and I’ll be wearing them all through my hair growth challenge with a week or a few days break. Did you catch my post on why you should consider two strand twists during lockdown? If you didn’t I got you here.

How do mini twists grow your hair?

I wear mini twists like 80% of the time cos I find them easier to install, yes 3-4 hours and aching arms is easy to install and because it saves me time when it comes to styling. If you struggle with styling as I do, mini twists will be your best friend for life. Let’s get down to the pros and how mini twists are your gateway to hair growth;

  • Makes it easy to moisturize and access your scalp for scalp massages
  • Minimal manipulation, with mini twists you don’t have to style daily, brush or comb your hair. I do moisturize, give my scalp a growth stimulating and relaxing scalp massage then hold the twists in a bun for days.
  • Minimize tangles– your strands are held together and in an organized way so the chances of the strands hugging and tangling are minimal unless you wear the twists for far too long.
  • Prevent single strand knots– mini twists will save you from these stubborn little things. Single strand knots happen when a strand curls up on itself and forms knots. Other than wearing protective styles that prevent knotting, get to know other ways to reduce single strand knots here.
  • Minimize breakage– every protective style should prevent major breakage and most breakage is caused by over manipulation, tangles and single strand knots and friction between your hair and cloth. As long as you’re moisturizing your mini twists and not over manipulating them, you’ll save yourself from massive breakage. Side note: if you’re struggling with breakage, have got a list of things that might be the cause here.
  • Mini twists are easy to install and the best part is you can do it yourself(DIY) and are perfect when your hair needs a break from manipulating and being out there.
  • Mini twists are also easy to style. You can wear them in different styles, Pinterest will give you mini twists styling ideas from buns, Bantu knots, ponytails, side buns etc.
  •  If your wash day depends on your water supplier, you can easily redo the front, sides and the back (visible) parts of your twists and wear them until your water supplier decides it’s time for a take down.

How to maintain mini twists.

To retain that length, you’ll need to properly maintain your mini twists and this entails:

  • Moisturize and seal. Don’t install your twists, tuck the ends and forget about it. Dry hair equals lots of breakage. Moisturize from the roots to the ends and seal in the moisture. Side note: if you’re struggling with dry brittle hair, check out different ways you can add moisture to your hair here 
  • Don’t over manipulate. Styling every now and then and hands on hair syndrome will cost you. Style at least twice or thrice a week and moisturize before manipulating.
  • Keep your ends tucked on most days to minimize frizz and friction between your ends and clothes.
  • Sleep with satin scarf or bonnet and if you just can’t sleep with your head covered, invest in satin pillowcases.

How long should you keep your mini twists?

How long you keep mini twists depends on you and how well your hair holds without getting all fuzzy. 

I keep my mini twists for 2-3 weeks since I don’t wash or co-wash my hair when it’s in mini twists.

See you on the next post, share this with anyone who would find it help,  sharing is caring💜💜💜. Follow me on Instagram for daily hair care tips here

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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