Creating an Elongated Twist-Out with Old Shrunken Twists

by West Parsons on June 10, 2012 · 9 comments

in hair styles, my hair

Shrinkage! For many Naturals, this is the bane of our hair’s existence. If you are not afraid of indirect heat and a little tugging, this elongating technique may be for you.

These twists (above) are about a week old. I have been wearing them in a bun for the most part, but they are now old and shrunken. Lately I’ve been pushing my styles to last 2 full weeks (practicing for an upcoming vacation to the islands), but I also get bored very quickly and need to change things up a bit within those two weeks.  Here is what I did:

1. Moisturized each single twist – Remember, it has been a week and a little moisture goes a long way [tutorial filmed using a skin cream as a hair moisturizer — review soon to come]
2. Holding the ends, stretched a section of hair while blowing heat up and down the shaft of the twist – The use of a concentrator allows heat to be narrowed to a specific area
3. Untwisted each section starting at the ends – Be very careful while doing this as shed hairs may get tangled causing knots

Ladies, any questions?


Reese June 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

This is great info. How many twist did you have?

westNDNbeauty June 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hi Reese, I’m not sure. When I twist I base it on size. These were medium-sized in my opinion. I estimate it to be well over 50 twists.

Reese June 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm


AmeeraNakisha June 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

It came out nice on dry hair. I like the big hair look.

You stay giving me natural hair ideas

MyaB June 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

love your vids!! so to understand this right, you moisturized, stretched, then untwisted and retwisted?

westNDNbeauty June 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Mya, All correct except for the last portion. I did not retwist. My hair was already twisted, I re-moisturized, stretched, and untwisted. That’s it! #POW

HonestlyErica June 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I just watched the video and your hair looks wonderful. This is such a good idea. I will be trying it. Thank you!

westNDNbeauty June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

No prob! Congrats on your Essence mag feature! 😀

Chelsea June 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

That is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I will have to try it