As mentioned before, protective styling is going to be a big part of my #HTL hair challenge. And to this I thought of experimenting with Havana twists. And guess what, I have had to throw in a little disclaimer every time people comment about how much my hair has grown. I sometimes tell myself that next I will let them be but somehow it just bursts out of my mouth involuntarily. I just find myself saying “This is not all my hair. It’s synthetic.” Yes I finally managed to get some Havana twists installed and I love them. This is ….
Why I Love Havana Twists
- They look exactly like my natural kinky hair so they give me a very natural look.
- They are not very heavy weight although this changes when they are wet during my weekly hair washes
- They are very easy to install and quick too. Mine took 2 hours (goodbye 6 hours of sitting)
- The synthetic hair is said to be re-usable several times (very economic)
- They are not a very cheap option. I got mine for R150 a pack and I used two packs.
- They become very heavy when washed in water and I could feel them pulling at my hair.
Preparing my hair for twisting
- Thorough detangling. This is important if you are going to have someone work on your hair or else you might have your hair ripped out.
- Hot oil pre-poo treatment. I used coconut oil(has become quite a favourite for my scalp and hair), castor oil and Amla oil (have just recently started using Amla oil again for oil treatments. I love how my hair feels loose when I use Amla oil to pre-poo)
- Shampoo with liquid African Black soap. This has become somehow a staple to my hair washes. It cleanses my scalp so well and itches less.
- Deep Condition with Tresseme Naturals mixed with Olive oil and Amla oil
- Moisturised using the LOC method. For leave-in I used the leftovers from my deep conditioning mix. I then applied a bit of grape seed oil and then Shea butter twist & Shine
- Twisted my hair to stretch it a bit while air drying.
Week 5 #HTL update
Now for week 5, I basically washed my hair after 11 days because some dandruff was beginning to show. I thought I was going to pull it off for 2 weeks but it did not happen. *sigh* I did the normal wash routine, doing a pre-poo, shampoo and condition. I did not do a deep condition because my hair was very heavy when saturated with water and I could not wait to get it dry. I had to use a hair dryer to help my hair dry quicker although I did not manage to dry it completely and it took about 12 hours to completely dry.
Taking care of my hair while it is in Havana Twists
- I spritz my hair twice a day, morning and evening to keep my hair well moisturised.
- I sleep in a satin bonnet every night and mostly the hair will be in a high loose bun.
- No shower cap seems to fit this big hair so I just wear it in a high bun and shower. I love the fact that some water droplets do fall on my hair and that is welcome.
So after spending 2 weeks in this protective style, I am in love with it. I still look and feel like myself and I like that a lot. I am comfortable and the fact that the twisting was done from the root instead of the braid then twist and the Afro Kinky hair that I used blends so well with my hair such that I have to convince people that it is not all my hair.
Here are some pictures of my Havana twists
Till next time, enjoy your weekend.