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How to Wash Twists Without Getting them Fuzzy

• Apr 19, 2013

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Currently in: small twists on stretched hair for three going on four weeks.  (Hair was stretched via jumbo twists and air dried.) 

Over the weekend, I experimented with a new wash method and I like!  For my previous wash method in twists, check out this post.

So why the change?  Though the original wash method worked fine for me for years, easier detangling and style preservation have increased in priority.  With my previous wash method, I had to re-stretch my twists after a wash (via big braids) to combat shrinkage and frizzies.  Even with the re-stretch, some of my shrinkage (particularly at the ends) would remain and my “fresh” twist look was largely lost.  I also spent 1–2 hours on detangle day (which was once a month on average), which has made me weary over time.

What is the new wash method?  Well, now I only wash my roots and scalp on wash day (when I’m in twists, that is).  I place my twists in two loosely bunned pigtails, fill an applicator bottle with diluted shampoo, and only apply the mixture to my scalp.  I then massage my scalp, fill the applicator bottle with water only, and focus on rinsing the shampoo from my scalp.  I am careful not to get any water or shampoo onto the rest of my hair … just the roots and scalp.  Why?  Because, for me, these are really the only two areas that need cleansing at the two-week mark.  After that, I towel blot, air-dry, and can wear the same set of twists for another two weeks.  (Some may ask why I don’t do the dry shampoo method.  The main reasons are because this method is more cleansing for me and less time-consuming.)

The benefit of this new wash method is two-fold.  For one, my “fresh” twist look is more preserved with this routine since I don’t wet my twists.  Yes, the roots do get a little frizzy, but after air-drying with a scarf around my head, they flatten and hardly noticeable.  Secondly, because I don’t wet my actual twists, the ends of my hair don’t shrink up (thus, reducing formation of SSKs) and my hair will be easier to detangle after take-down.

Upcoming hair plans: One more week in twists.  Then flat-iron time.

After washing my roots and scalp.  (After air-drying.)

The next day and with the edges re-done.

Ladies, how do you keep your twists clean?

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9 years ago

Thanks for posting this article; it’s very timely for me. I’m currently in loose two-strand twists and I’m struggling to keep the frizzies away. I find myself retwisting about half a dozen of them per night, especially around my edges. I’m not looking for smooth edges just twists that aren’t noticeably unraveling when my hair is pulled back.

I workout five days per week, which leaves me with a scalp that requires weekly washing, but my hair doesn’t. I’ve found it difficult to co-wash my hair while shampooing only my scalp.

7 years ago
Reply to  Kim

I’ve taken to braiding the last inch of my twists. It looks fine (bc I thought it might be weird) and it cuts down on unravelling. I twist my hair when wet and it curls up a bit as it dries, so the spiral ends look natural and even nicer than blunt ends.

9 years ago

I have found that if I braid my twists together (I might take 5 twists and braid them) then I can gently cowash my hair and scrub rinse my scalp (using gentle circular motions with my finger tips) without my twists getting really fuzzy. I do not fuss with the hair at all, just let it get wet, in the controlled environment of braided twists. This might help too 🙂

Joan B. in S. C.
Joan B. in S. C.
9 years ago
Reply to  monisola

Hi @monisola. I think I’ll try this next time.

9 years ago

I think this is Loo.

9 years ago

Is there an error in the title?

Tina O.
9 years ago

I use a similar method for braids and kinky twists

9 years ago

I recently did this with my box braids first using diluted acv then diluted shampoo. It really works at cleansing the scalp and avoiding frizz.

9 years ago

I clean my twists and scalp with baby wipes. I keep wiping until the wipes come out clear. Prevents frizzies for me,it’s faster, gentle and saves time and water IMO.

9 years ago
Reply to  hadassah

I never thought about doing that. I shall definitely try that. Great idea!

9 years ago

Thanks,this was very helpful,i think i’ll try it.

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Thank you. I tried this yesterday by washing with diluted shampoo first then acv and my hair came out feeling clean with my twists looking exactly the same. Definitely what I would do if I was starting locs.

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