Copycat Style: Cornrows and Twist-Out on Natural Hair

Reason number 859 why I love my salon: Regina is a bomb @ss braider!

Here in Louisville, KY we are blessed to have several hair salons and I get my tresses hooked up at Natural Alternatives Salon.  While Dakota is my regular stylist I often hop in the chair of the other stylists when I want to try something different.  Regina is an excellent braider and I am a huge fan of her work so I booked an appointment for this braided style.

The Challenge:

Using on this picture on my cell phone Regina set out to hook me up.  We up’d the ante as I was determined to rock this style to the New Edition concert later that evening so there was no room for failure. Pressure on.

Regina was putting in work, getting the partings and the cornrows to lay just right.

All done!  We left my hair in twists that I would take down later before the concert.

Top view of the finished cornrow style

Side view of the finished cornrow style

Below are the pics taken after getting ready for the concert, I took the twists down.

I was very happy with the way the style turned out!  Here is a shot of me and my girl Nu at the concert, we had a great time with Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny too.

Natural Hairstyle Chunky Twists

I used to hate chunky twists.  I just thought they looked absolutely awful on me.

And then, well, they didn’t.

I was preparing to go to my cousin’s baby shower and wanted to flaunt a fabulous ‘do.  The twist-out is my go to style but I was too tired to twist my hair as normal so I decided to rock out with 24 twist (4 in the back + 6 in the middle + 4 on each side above my ears + 6 on top) this is half of the amount of twists I normally do.  I planned on throwing a knit cap over them in anticipation of a fugly look but it turns out that I actually like the way it looked.  More than that I was able to complete them in 30 minutes, score!

Chunky Twists

Chunky Twist-Out  I tried this style several more times since then and will have more posts including product review on Bee Mine Curly Butter used to create it and ways to style your twist-out.

2 Strand Flat Twists & Twist-Out

In my previous post I wrote about My Experience at Natural Alternatives Salon  but I really didn’t go into the style I received.

I wanted a style that would be good for traveling on a bus trip that would be low maintenance, yet still fly and different so I went with 2 Strand Flat Twists.

After washing, conditioning, steaming, detangling, Dakota used a rat-tail comb to create curved partings.  He then applied Moroccan Oil Curl Control Cream and 2 Strand Flat Twisted my hair into 11 twists.  I always get an odd number of twists or braids so that my hair in the back does not look like it was parted by Moses.  I find straight backs have more of a masculine look so I had him use the side as the focal point for the twists.  25 minutes under the dryer and I was finished.

Here are the final results, I decided the place the twists into a side bun and rock a flower accessory for added style.

Flat Twists Natural Hair 1This flower came from a BSS in Ohio courtesy of my girl Tanya
Flat Twists Natural Hair 2Right Side
Flat Twists Natural Hair 3Left Side
Flat Twists Natural Hair 4Back

My original plan was to undo my twists once I got to the hair show and wear a uber defined twist-out. BUT I received so many compliments and the twists looked good I decided to keep them in.  To maintain the twists I sprtiz my scalp with Oyin Greg Juice for moisture.  I promised Dakota that I would put some shine on my twists but I needed to find something that was silicone free.  I borrowed my cousin’s Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist and it gave me great all day shine.

I wore the twists for 5 days before taking them down for a twist out. To prep my hair for the twist-out I rubbed some Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love over the twists and carefully un-raveled.  This resulted in the best damn twist-out period!

Flat Twist Out Natural Hair 1the mother of all twist-outs
Flat Twist Out Natural Hair 2twist-out day 2, still cute

The 2 Strand Flat Twist is any easy technique to master, check out these YouTube vids on how to do it yourself.

From BlakIzBeautyful http://youtu.be/ytEJfuOJtDU

From AfrikanHairGod http://youtu.be/vksDQRhdNkA

From expertvillage http://youtu.be/VRJv7F-n7H4

Or if you just can’t get it down then call up Natural Alternatives Salon and make an appointment (502) 473-8882.