When I was in high school, I used to wash my hair, glob on the gel (the bad kind, my dears – with tons of drying alcohol in it), and then get to twisting. I had no idea I was creating a ‘protective hairstyle’ – frankly, I wouldn’t have known or cared what that was back then. No, to be honest, I did these because I wanted the look of dreadlocks without actually committing to them. Seeing as my hair would easily stay twisted, and it was a simple way to stretch it a bit, they became a style I would occasionally re-create.
I haven’t revisited them in years. After trying my flat twist style a week ago, I decided that this was the route to go. I left them in just for one day, did a little self trimming on my crispy ends, and then let them flow loosely. The style is a nice, wavy curl that’s perfect for the hot days of summer.
Simply divide your hair into sections (the size is your choice). Add some alcohol-free gel (or other cream styling agent), and twist your hair together until you reach the roots (this is the perfect time to apply an extra bit of conditioning love). Continue until you’ve done your whole head. Feel free to leave them in for as long as you would like!