Afro Textured Hair Care Tips; Loose Two Strand Twists and Senegalese Twists

Loose Two Strand Twists

Loose Two Strand Twists
Loose Two Strand Twists

11 Benefits of Loose Two Strand Twists Protective Style

  1. Shampoo and condition hair in about 9-11 chunky twist of your own hair. (This technique keeps the hair from getting tangled during the washing process).
  2. You don't ever have to use a comb with this hairstyle, just gently finger-detangle each twist-section, as you prepare to install the loose two-strand twist extensions.
  3. You can make different hairstyles with loose two strand twists using a couple of bobby-pins. (Choose to do large twists or medium size twists).
  4. If this hairstyle is wore for at least one year, it will grow very long. Of course, redo a full head of twists each month, remembering to do a deep conditioning as well.
  5. Lightly moisturize the ends of the twists every night before going to bed, this will assists with retaining the length.
  6. Lightly mist the scalp also every night with a braid-spray, Afro-textured hair is like a flower- garden that needs to be sprinkled with water often for it to flourish.
  7. You can use the end of a rat-tail comb for parting the hair into twist-sections, but avoid combing the hair. (If you have to use a comb, a wide-toothed comb is cool to use if your not practicing the finger-combing method).
  8. Wearing a silk-like fabric bonnet at night can prevent the hair from rubbing on bed linens.
  9. To make your loose two strand twists style last at least a month, braid with three strands starting at the scalp about less than 1/4 inch, and then begin twisting with two strands all the way to the ends.
  10. After shampooing and conditioning, you may also blow-dry these hair twists on a low heat setting and apply a deep conditioner as the hair blow-dries. (Avoid drying the hair totally, let the hair have a slight dampness).
  11. This hairstyle can be worn with twists-extensions or just your own hair as two strand twists.

Prevent Damaged Hair

  1. Avoid shampoos and other hair products with harsh sulfates that may strip your hair, causing dryness and breakage.
  2. The best shampoo to use on African American hair are shampoos with protein; your hair is made of protein, and protein shampoos are compatible with hair. Protein shampoos prevents your hair from further damage, and it repairs the hair strands.
  3. Use wide teeth combs for detangling your hair.
  4. Avoid the ingredient (propylene glycol) it will break down the proteins and the cellular structure of your hair.
  5. Use natural hair products: Orange Citrus Shea Butter Hair Cream Moisturizer Whipped with Essential Oils promotes long hair.
  6. Drink 32-64 ounces of water daily.
  7. Stay in the sunshine for 15 minutes daily, for faster hair growth. The sunshine contains vitamin D which helps with having healthier hair, skin, and fingernails.
  8. Another great shampoo to use is herbal; the herbal shampoos help "Afro textured hair" to retain its moisture; and it also helps the hair to grow. With herbal shampoos you can shampoo your hair more often; at least 1-2 times a week.
  9. Avoid products with alcohol; Afro textured hair already tends to dry in 3 days from lack of moisturizer and dehydration. Alcohol products and chemical perms dry the hair-shaft even more.
  10. Afro textured hairstyles; Kinky Hair Twists, 360 Waves, Individual Braids, Locks, Braid Outs, Corn Rows, Weaves, Crochet Braids, Afros, Box Braids, Flat Twists, or Loose Two Strand Twists.


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Kinky Hair Twists/Twist Outs - Black Hair Care Tips

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More Hair Care Tips

9. Use one bottle of Biotin vitamins twice a year, and use as directed on the bottle for faster healthy hair growth. Biotin vitamins can be for hair that grows slow, thin hair, balding edges, and damaged hair.

10. Massage your scalp with your fingertips when adding essential oils to increase blood circulation. This makes your hair grow healthier and faster, it wakes up the hair follicles.

11. Avoid excessive heat from hairdryers, flat irons, and pressing combs; Hair straightening styles can be wore occasionally for special events, etc. Avoid stressful situations and subjects as much as possible.

12. Laugh with others, watch comedies, and obtain a joke book. Laughter is the best medicine.

13. Trim damaged split ends for better hairstyles and growth, trim/clip ends every 5 months.

14. If you wear ponytails from time to time, avoid wearing the cloth made scrunchies. Wear the silk or polyester made scrunchies.

15. African American's hair tends to be dryer than other races of people hair. Always use conditioning-shampoos when shampooing your hair. Then use a deep conditioner such as Cholesterol conditioner. After that use a little leave-in conditioning, and a hair cream that contains essential oils.

16. Avoid using hot water to wash your hair; using cool water keeps your hair fuller and healthier. Hot water will strip the hair and make it brittle.

17. The less times you comb and brush your hair, the faster it will grow. Finger-comb the hair instead.

18. Avoid products that contain petroleum, because it may slow hair growth.

19. Avoid using hair gels on your hairline edges, they have glue as an ingredient.

20. Do cardio exercise 3-7 days a week to keep proper blood circulation flowing through your body which may prevent blood clots. Proper blood circulation assist in making your hair grow as well (as mentioned above).

21. Use Orange Citrus Shea Butter Hair Cream Moisturizer Whipped with Essential Oils; apply to your hair 3-5 times a week.


♥♥ Wearing chemical perms will eventually damage your hair, hairline edges, and prevent new hair growth! The same ingredients of perms are in Liquid Drano (unclogs plumbing pipe-solution). ♥♥


Loose Two-Strand Twists

Benefits of going Natural

  1. Self-love and appreciation
  2. Rock'n your natural hair keeps moisture longer and perms don't.
  3. Less split ends with natural hair, more split ends with permed hair.
  4. No more dry and itchy scalp with your natural hair, perms keep scalps dry, itchy, and irritated.
  5. Natural hair doesn't cause scabs or alopecia, but perms cause scabs, soars, burns, and alopecia.
  6. It's inspirational and spiritual; more black people are going natural than in recent years before now.
  7. Embrace kinky-curly hair, take back the power over what is the standard of beauty for kinky-curly styles and the products we choose to use?
  8. Allowing yourself to really learn what hair products your hair likes and don't like. After all, hair that grows from the scalp is alive and not dead. Know what your wants.
  9. Potential to having longer fuller hair than with perms. What is good hair to you? Good hair is healthy hair. Everyone wants healthy hair/good hair, it’s a journey that we have to accomplish and maintain; A beautiful journey.

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Comments 18 comments

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feenix 5 years ago

Brinafr3sh, this is a real cool hub. It is quite useful and very informative. Also, this post really did appeal to me because I am into taking real good care of my hair -- even though I wear it short nowadays.


mib56789 5 years ago

Girl your HUBS are coming out like a GUSHER! And they're really good too! I like referring them. Not just because HUB's policy provides financial incentives for referrals. I'd tell others about them anyway. They're great HUBs! Useful, funny, beautiful, awesome and vote-worthy. Keep on keeping on!


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Thanks Feenix and Mib for your comments.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I hope some of these tips applies to men too. I found them helpful. Thanks


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Hi Ubani,

These tips apply to men also; except for the hair extension part of it. Thanks :)


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ErinDeNis 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio by way of Houston, Texas

LOOOOOOOVE this!


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Thanks Erin, glad you like this hub.


MISSK 4 years ago

I made an important observation that I need to share with you.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Hi MissK, Sure that's fine.


desarie pompey 4 years ago

i am considering on goin back to my natural hair and this hub was great and so informational amma try and do every thing dat is said on this and we'll see how it goes i haven't perm my hair for a month now so am hoping on braiding them some time dis week.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

@ Desarie, congrats! on going natural for one month now, hope it becomes a lifestyle for you. Thanks for comment.


desarie 4 years ago

ok so i braided my hair but not the twist cause not must peple can do that style but question on the products most of the shampoos and conditiners i saw they all have propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate so wat excaultly shouldi use as shampoo and conditioner.

and what in your opinon is the best product to use.


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Gracefulwriter 4 years ago from Northern Virginia

I've been waiting to find my sisters on Hubpages. I recently cut my dreads after 11 yrs (had to, didn't want to). Now I'm in a quandry of what to do w/ it, products & style (don't have $$ for hairdresser regularly). I'll review all your suggestions & products tips. THANKS!


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davenstan 4 years ago

I am bookmarking this for reference. There is some information on here that is worth looking at again. I am a chemical free gal! I wear the twists often. I try to stay away from heat styles as well.

Grew information


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

@ Daven, Glad you like this article, thanks.


Sta 4 years ago

I have found tht kinky curly prodicts work well, they are natural and ph balanced,


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Hi Sta, Thanks for commenting.


shelly 4 years ago

I haven't perm my hair over 12 yrs I twist and plat 9yrs for about 3yrs I've been wearing dreadlocks but I can't get it smooth or moistened what can you recommended

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