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A favorite go-to style for many natural women is the twist-out. I am no exception. I rock a very defined, shrunken twist-out, while others prefer a loose, large twist-out. For work, I think the former works great. Here is my hair care regimen to get twist-outs like the ones you see in these pictures.

Step 1: Wash hair with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butte Moisture Retention Shampoo
Step 2: Deep condition hair with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
Step 3: Detangle hair while conditioner is in. Separate hair into sections, working from the tip to the root, detangling. Do not start from the root. If you want to use the conditioner as a leave-in, go to Step 5. If you want to rinse it out, go to Step 4.
Step 4: Rinse out conditioner, and apply your daily moisturizer, curl definer, etc. Begin twisting hair while wet or damp.
Step 5: Begin parting hair at the back of head. Part into sections about 2 finger-widths wide, or about 1.5 inches wide. While you are parting, make sure to apply moisturizer. I use a homemade whipped shea-butter based recipe (which I will post later) on my scalp and on the hair strands.
Step 6: Make your way from the bottom of the head to the top of the head.
Step 7: When you get to your ears, part from one ear to the other. You are now going to change the direction of your parts, so that you start from the front of your head and go to the new part (stop at your ears). *It’s easiest to start at the side and not top of your head.
Step 8: Finish remaining twists, and wear for 2-3 days. This will allow the hair to dry and establish the desired tight curl pattern.
Step 9: Starting at the back of your head, begin unraveling twists at the root and slowly pull your finger down the twist.
Step 10: Ready for work! *But make sure to sleep on a satin pillowcase or wear a satin scarf at night.

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Can you tell in which pictures I was rocking the smaller versus larger twists before taking them out?

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My search for products that work well with my natural hair continues. Let me give you a brief history (and succinct review) of all the shampoo/conditioners that I have tried on my natural hair:

1. Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural Shampoo and Conditioner (thumbs-down)
2. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Shampoo and Conditioner (thumbs-down)
3. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, Tui Herbal Shampoo, Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie (thumbs-down)
4. Taliah Waajid Black Earth Shampoo and Enhancing Herbal Conditioner (thumbs-up)
5. Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo and Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner (thumbs-down)

Throughout my natural journey, I have been unable to find a product that I truly love. That is why when my best friend recommended this Shea Moisture product available at Target, I wanted to try it.

This shampoo did not have the dreaded SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), which is described as a detergent. Here is the list of ingredients: Contains de-ionized water, Decyl Glucoside (sugar beets), African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), aloe vera leaf juice, Argan Oil, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5, rosemary extract, sea kelp extract, vitamin E, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract.
I’ve been told that SLS is actually what makes your shampoo foam when you use it. Until I started doing research on natural hair care, I always equated suds with cleanliness. But your shampoo does not have to foam in order for it to do its job. If you don’t believe me….I suggest you do your own research. One of the things you will find is that shampoos without SLS tend to be more expensive than those that have it. Just compare Jane Carter’s Moisture Nourishing Shampoo (8 oz for $8.00) versus her Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo SLS-Free (8 oz for $10.00).

Personally, my hair loves shea butter. Shea butter based moisturizers are the only products that seem to really moisturize my hair. This weekend, I will be purchasing and trying this new product and posting a review.

To summarize, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo has the following things going for it:

  • It’s shea butter based (which my hair loves)
  • It’s SLS free
  • It’s available at Target and only costs $9.99 for 12 ounces.
  • The ingredients are certified natural and organic.

 

I recently attended a Lynkh Up Event here in Atlanta. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all attendees received a complimentary gift bag. When I opened it, I was ecstatic! Free samples of the Jane Carter Solution. I had heard a number of naturals talk about how much they loved it, but I had never given it a try. When it came to wash my hair this past Saturday, I decided to give it a shot. I co-washed my hair with the Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner, deep conditioned my hair, and followed it up with the Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner. I then used my own homemade shea butter moisturizer on my scalp and hair strands. Initially, my hair was very soft and didn’t have too many tangles. However, as the night went on, my hair became increasingly dry. Even though I watered my hair on Sunday, by Monday it was very very dry. Overall, her product does not work on my hair and I will not be using it again. But it is important to remember that different products work on different textures of hair, and what works for me, may not work for you (and vice versa).

Since I did not feel like washing my hair again, I moisturized my hair again with the shea butter moisturizer, twisted it into about 15 large messy twists, and took them out the next morning. Here are the results:

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