Natural Curly Hair: Twist-Out Routine

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Typically, I don't blog about my hair. I've been natural my whole life so I've never documented a transition journey and I've never felt qualified enough to run a natural hair blog when there are so many good ones out there. I also don't know how many of my readers have type 3 or type 4 hair but the thing is, my hair is undeniably the first thing that people mention when describing me- it is the most prominent part of my appearance. It's about time that I start writing about it.

If you don't have curly hair or aren't curious to find out about natural hair routines, I have lots of lifestyle posts that are more general to all teenagers on my blog like 'All my friends are dating' and LOADS of fashion posts because that is where Frills & Lyrics all started.

It has been quite a while since I've done a two strand twist out on my hair so a couple of weeks ago I decided to do one using my new hair routine. I've been using this routine for about a month now and I'm already seeing growth and my curls last a lot longer. I was ecstatic to find that they work just as well they're being used for a twist out.

For reference:
- My hair is low porosity
- A mixture of types 3c and 4a
- I aim to avoid sulfates and parabens whenever possible

Shampoo

As my hair is low porosity, I can get a lot of product build up so I have to really cleanse my hair. I've tried co-washing and it was a bit of a disaster- I ended up with so much build up. This ORS shampoo is sulfate-free and affordable for natural hair products, that's the main reason that I use it. I shampoo my hair in thirds- from the back of my head up to the front.
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Deep Conditioner

A classic product (with a slightly reformed look) that has been a God-send for decades. If you gain anything from this blog post, be it that you buy this treatment if you don't already have a pot at home. I follow the instructions: comb it through with a wide tooth comb, leave it for 15 minutes under a cap (can be under a hairdryer), then rinse.


Out of the shower: 
LCO Method (my preference)

I dry my hair with a t-shirt or you can use a microfibre towel.

Liquid

I liberally apply the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In to each section of hair. Each section of hair is about an inch in diameter but they tend to be smaller at the front. I try to avoid giving myself straight partings whilst my hair is still wet. Any remaining knots are combed out then the sections are twisted. I personally prefer 3-strand but 2-strand is quicker and I'm a bit lazy so....
Also, castor oil is great for hair growth so I'm trying to incorporate it regularly into my routine as I've decided to grow my shoulder length (when curly) hair out.

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Cream

I use the As I Am DoubleButter Cream. It really is a must for me now. When doing a twist-out, I rub it between my hands and smooth it over the individual twists. If I do a wash-and-go, I scrunch it into my hair.
Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Castor oil, Jojoba oil... not to mention my new found love for both my hair and skin: wheat-germ oil. The ingredients of this cream are so good and I need to start applying this everyday.
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Oil

Jojoba oil is great at preventing split ends, that's why I like using it to smooth it on once I've finished to lock in moisture. I also sometimes use it to massage my scalp.
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Like any routine, it takes a few rounds until you start getting results, I've only just started to see a change in my hair and I wanted to share these products because it has been a long time since anything has improved my hair at all. I'm going to keep going with it and update you on here in a few weeks with how it's going.

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