A transitioner's journey to natural hair and beyond.
May 26, 2011
Twist Out Triumph!!
Oh my goodness! I am so excited!!! Today, I have had/discovered my first successful twist out of my transitioning journey. I have attempted twist outs or curly twist/braid outs before and they failed amazingly.
Here's one to the left. I had hair with twist & curl but it was a frizzy mess of a fro-like bush. Even the jacked up flat twist or cornrow (whatever that thing is) to the side couldn't save it. The results I had, of course, did not make me excited about trying it again and I was a little upset at finding that I was only going to be able to rock roller/rod sets or flat ironed hair. Considering my desire to reduce my heat usage, that was not good news for me. As the months have gone by I have found ways to experiment and vary my roller/rod sets so it wasn't the same thing over and over again, and in doing that, I gained some other skills...like learning how to flat twist.
So, a couple of days ago, after my having to co-wash out the Herbal Essences feeling in my hair, I opted to twist my hair instead of rolling it right away because I really had nowhere to go that I couldn't throw a hat on my head and go. When I decided to take the twists out, I was happy to have a much more attractive look to my hair...it didn't resemble a bush, thanks to the additional nappy growth. But I still felt like something was missing. Like if I added something to my prep work my hair would look like it had some life. Using the setting lotion I have on hand did not make it lively at all.
Targe' to the rescue! I drove my life-challenged twist-out to Target and spent quite some time looking at the natural hair products they had available. I had 2 requirements for my search: 1: I wanted a cream-based product; 2: It needed to be a product that did more than just define curls. I hadn't narrowed for myself what that "more" would be, but purchasing a product with 1 function was not my goal.
I went specifically looking for the Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Why? Because just about everyone uses it and I haven't heard many poor reviews of it, so of course, I want to first examine what seemed to work for everyone else. The second product I looked at was the Taliah Waajid....and I'm totally spacing on the name of her loc gel, but she has two. One is regular hold and the other is a tight hold. Well, both of these are gel based products. I have gel, a big bucket of it. I don't need anymore gel. So I look further down the aisle and see the Shea Moisture line. Now, let me say, I have not heard so many good things about the Shea Moisture line in general. Certainly not when being compared to the KC line of products, but when taking into account that I wanted a cream-based product, that was reasonably priced and of all the products available, only one was cream based, Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie won the product battle. So, having used that, here is today's twist out result:
All I can say is THANK GOODNESS!!!! Now I have another style in my pocket!! Woo hoo!!!