How to maintain Kinky twists

Haaaaaay! I am just loving these Kinky twists. I thought that I already knew how to wash and care for my kinky hair in this protective style, but after doing a little research, I was wrong.

Since I will be using natural oils, conditioners and other ingredients on my hair and scalp while in this protective style, I will have to wash the build up off of my scalp. The scalp needs to be clean and free of build up and environmental toxins in order for the sebum to circulate.

How to wash your scalp in KINKY TWISTS:

Items needed

1- Head band or clips to put the hair up into what would be a puff

2- water bottle

3- Your favorite shampoo and conditioner

First take the head band or your clips and put hair up on top of head as if you were doing a puff. Pulling the sides and back up. Then you will take your spray bottle and add approximately 3-4 inches of water, depending on how thick your hair is. Take your shampoo and add 1 a teaspoon of shampoo into the water and shake to mix and dilute the shampoo. You may notice the water beginning to foam a little, but that is fine. If it is too sudsy add more water.

Next, spray your scalp in between the kinky twists. The aim is to clean the scalp so you do not want it full of suds. Keep spraying all over your scalp. Once you have done the sides and back, then remove your clips or band to get to the crown and or center of the head. Continue to spray your diluted shampoo onto your scalp until the bottle is empty.

You can do this over a sink or in the shower.

*Rinsing option 1- Put on your satin bonnet in the shower and let the cool or warm water run over it removing the diluted shampoo.

*Rinsing option 2- Rinse out your spray bottle really well and then just add cool or warm water to it and put your hair back up into a puff and start spraying the water onto your scalp to remove the shampoo. By holding your head over a sink, you will be able to see all of the dirt and toxins coming out of your scalp. After you have done the sides and back, remove your styling tools (if you choose to) and continue to spray the scalp wherever you have not reached.

Do not worry about your kinky twists, the mixture will drip through the twists from your scalp to cleanse the hair intertwined.

Once you have removed all of the diluted shampoo from your scalp and used up all of the water, you will notice that the ends will be dripping wet, so grab an old t-shirt or your hands and gently squeeze out the excess water.

Last, add your leave-in conditioner to some water (if you choose) and your favorite oil into a spray bottle and spray your scalp and the kinky twists. Spray the twist all the way down to the ends.

How to maintain Kinky twists during the night.

If you have mini kinky twists you might want to pin your twists up into a wrap prior to protecting.If you scalp feels dry, spritz your moisturizing mix or massage your oil onto your scalp prior to wrapping them up.

So wrap your kinky twists in a silk/ satin scarf or a large draw string satin bonnet to help preserve the style at night.

You can tie your knot in the front or back of your head, whichever is more comfortable for you.

How to maintain Kinky twists during the day.

The first thing to do is to remove your satin or silk scarf or bonnet and give your kinky twists a gentle shake to wake them up.

A lot of people keep saying to use an oil sheen spray, but with all of the chemicals in it, I won’t. So I just use my moisturizing mixture which consists of distilled water, JBCO,Shea Moisture restorative conditioner, Grape seed oil, and jojoba oil and spritz my scalp and twists if my scalp or kinky twists begin to feel dry, and then give them a gentle squeeze so that the conditioner and oils penetrate the twists. Style and go.

Other oils that you may use – Raw African Shea butter, Olive oil, Virgin Coconut oil.

Other tips for maintaining kinky twists:

* If you have stray hairs that come out of the twists, smooth them down with a twisting cream or gel.

* If your kinky twists become dull, just gently rub your normal natural oils between your hands and run your hands down the kinky twists.

* Be careful when applying an oil to the hair because too much oil can cause the kinky twists to slip out of your hair and clog pores.

* When washing in this style, focus on your scalp, not the twists.

I hope that this post is informative for those kinkie’s thinking about getting the kinky twist style put in. If anyone has any other tips for me, please leave them in the reply box. Have a great day!

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21 comments on “How to maintain Kinky twists

  1. So informative!!! I love it… I am thinking of getting kinky twists or crochet braids for after the holidays, and I was wondering how to take care of them…. Awesome method.. I WILL be using this!! :0)

  2. cindy on said:

    Im getting a friend to do my hair for the first time and Im scared. Im mixed but Ive always just treated my hair like a white girl (wash everyday, blowdry, straighten with a flat iron, etc) and Im beginning to realize I can do that anymore so my friend suggested kinky twists which I was wary about but after reading this Im a little more confident. Thanks!

  3. admin on said:

    Kinky twists are an excellent way to retain length and to give your hair a break from the constant styling and touching it. Please forward some pictures after you get them in and how you feel about them and how you think that they look on you. That is great and cannot wait to see. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

  4. Misti on said:

    I love kinky twists…I love how they protect my hair & allow my hair to grow. Before I get kinkys wash, deep condition and trim my hair…I do everything she described above to my braids & yes it works & my scalp remains clean & healthy!!

  5. admin on said:

    Yes it does. It makes a big difference in the growth and health of the hair also when we keep the scalp clean. They grow out my hair too and it seems like the older they get, the more natural they look.

  6. Tameka on said:

    I am getting Kinky Twists on Saturday. I have never had anything but a press and curl my whole life. Mynatural hair is about 3 inches past my shoulders. I am very concerned about my hair not being taken out after removal in August because I love my long hair (and so does my boyfriend :) ). I’m not nervous anymore after seeing this. This seems like the best and most healthy advice I have seen on the web for the twists. I will be printing this and keeping it posted in my bathroom for the next 2 months!

  7. admin on said:

    Hi, Kinky twists are awesome and you can wash your hair and scalp very easily. Just remember to use a water based gel if you are going to use gel when installing so that you will not have gunky knots when removing them. Please send us a picture of your hair girl after you get it done. We love pictures. Enjoy your hair in the twists. Have a great day. And thank you for visiting 4cnaturalhair.com

  8. I love the Twists! I’m only just starting to itch a bit. I got my hair washed before I got them so I’m not sure when to do the first wash. I’m going to get the oils you described. My only problem comes with different ways to style them. One of my friends knows different ways to style them so I’m going to see her saturday to restyle it. How do I post a picture? Thanks!

  9. admin on said:

    Hey Lady,
    I would do the first wash at 3 weeks. Let the hair settle and grow a little new growth and then wash, so 3 weeks is good. Also keep your moisturizing mist available to spray whenever you need it. But the JBCO will help so much, you will see what I mean.
    Ooh, styling will be fun, sit in the mirror and go, freestyle, use bobby pins to push one side to the back, twist the back up like a french roll and pin them, then let the top hang or twist them around and pin them up too. You and your friend are going to have so much fun girl. Yaaaaaay, send me some pics.

  10. Tiana on said:

    I will be.getting.kinky twists.and wearing them on my Jamaica vacation so of course I will be in the beach and swimming.Do you have any suggestions in how to maintain after swimming? Could I use the same washing method? I am so nervous. I love the style and they will be perfect but i don’t want to look a mess after getting them wet. Please help!

  11. Tiana on said:

    Also your hair is beautiful! What type of hair did you use?

  12. admin on said:

    Hi Tiana, this will be easy. After swimming just rinse your hair with water and apply your leave in conditioner onto the scalp and down the twist, you should be able to just throw a little oil on the twists for shine and to seal the moisture in. That’s it. Also make sure that you tie your hair up at night with a satin or silk scarf to prevent frizzies!

  13. admin on said:

    Black n gold rastafarian dreadlock

  14. Chandra on said:

    Got my first kinky twist on yesterday and they are really beautful, but tight. How long does it take them to loosen up because I don’t want to take them out.

  15. admin on said:

    Yaaaaay I love kinky twists, it usually takes two weeks for some new growth to come out and it will begin to loosen up some. You can spritz your scalp with your moisturizing mix of water and a soothing oil to help with the tightness. Enjoy them and the older they get, the more natural they look.

  16. admin on said:

    You are so welcome

  17. Sherrone on said:

    This information has been very helpful, my twists are a little over two weeks old. I don’t know what type of hair was used, but I would like to know if the twists could be partially undone and worn as a style?

  18. admin on said:

    Hi. Yes you can untwist the hair and wear it in a style, but you will risk the twists coming completely undone and your ends will be exposed which could lead to damage, dryness and breakage. Also you would probably have to re twist them at night to keep the style. The purpose of the kinky twist is to protect your ends so that u can retain length and keep the style all while looking natural. So it is up to you. Thanks for commenting and asking that question,
    , I am pretty sure that others had the same one. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to wash your scalp weekly to keep it clean and to maximize your growth.

  19. Taraisha on said:

    Omg this has been helpful i had them put in my 6 yr old hair for back to school aug.23 she was so pretty not to much just right but the only problem they keep breaking around the edges

  20. Taraisha on said:

    Should i spray her hair everyday with the moisterizing mixture

  21. Hi, if her hair gets dry everyday, then spray it everyday. But make sure that you are washing hr scalp often

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