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4 Reasons Styles Work for Other Naturals But Fail For You

Avatar • Jul 6, 2015

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About three weeks ago I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across an image that stopped me in my tracks. It was a before and after photograph of a woman with natural hair wearing a beautiful flat twist out.

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What struck me most about the style was how few flat twists were used to create such a beautiful style. The style required only 6–7 flat twists which meant relatively little styling time. Excited, I got my leave-in and gel in hand and styled my hair after my next wash. I went under the dryer for an hour and kept the twists in overnight to ensure the hair would be dry. Expecting a beautiful twist out, I was let down when I was greeted with frizz and relatively little definition.

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My failed attempt

So why did the style fail for me and why do some styles fail for you? Here’s my take.

1. Technique

Make sure you have the technique down before attempting to reproduce a style. In my case I feel pretty confident that my flat twists were fine. However, my texture is quite different from that of the young lady that inspired the style.

2. Wetness/Dampness/Dryness of Hair When Styling

Instead of doing the twists on freshly washed damp hair, it would have been better for me to stretch the hair then style on lightly dampened hair.

3. Hair Type/Texture

Why should I have styled on stretched, lightly dampened hair as opposed to very damp, just washed hair? My hair is very coily and extremely prone to frizz. When I was relaxed my hair would frizz at the hint of humidity, so you can imagine how my natural hair might respond. I made the mistake thinking that just because my hair had dried completely it wouldn’t suffer from frizz. Well, I’m here to tell you that even after almost 11 years of being natural I still have an “Oops!” moment every now and then. For setting braid outs, wet hair is fine on my hair. For twists, especially flat twists, stretched hair is my friend.

4. Quantity Matters

The lazy styler in me (just keeping it one hunnit) loves to put in as little time as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes that just isn’t possible when trying to achieve certain styles. And let’s face it: If you spend 30 extra minutes styling and achieve a success rather than a flop it’s worth it in the end. For flat twist outs I will likely need at least twice as many twists (12–14) to achieve the desired definition required for the style to last all day.

What fabulous styles have you tried that ultimately failed on your hair?

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Naturally Neiicey!!!!!! LUVS her! She is my hair GURU, and since I’m a lazy natural, her styles work for me, as long as the hair is damp, not DRY.

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This happens to me too lol even after my 8 years getting natural. Just yesterday i tried to do the cutest twist out updo i saw on YouTube but it just didn’t work for me. But hey that’s what natural hair is all about trial and error. Also coming to the acceptance that not every style will work for you and that’s ok. 🙂

Keneesha Hodge
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I’m working on perfecting the elastic cornrows of course I didn’t have it figured out like I thought, but when I see a look I want to try I resolve that my hair won’t look like the pic before I begin

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LBell

What do we mean when we say a style “works” for someone? I think we’re referring to the way the hair looks when the style is complete…and I think a lot of new naturals in particular get in trouble when they attempt to duplicate a look while failing to take their particular hair type/texture into account. As a mostly-4b, I can follow Neicey’s technique to the letter, but my result will not look exactly like hers. On the flip side, in order for me get that exact look, I would have to follow a different technique. In both cases my… Read more »

Cosita
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Cosita

Right. you have to figure out if wet, dry or damp styling works better for you. I’m a damp person.

Camille
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Camille

I only work with damp hair as well. My hair takes more than a day to dry if I don’t blot it before I put product on it.

Cosita
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Cosita

Me too. I’m low porosity. Soaking wet styling is wet hair for a whole day. Even if the directions say to I don’t do it.

blackgirllonghair
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blackgirllonghair

Very true! Very wise observation.

Serene
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Serene

It was a success just two different hair types. If you did the suggestions that you mention it still wouldn’t exactly look like the other lady’s. The only way to really come close would be to lightly flat iron then do a braid out but that could lead to heat damage though.

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roo08

Sort of off topic but I do not like these memes that are meant to portray something to do with black women but use pictures of black men instead. I only see it when it’s about us.

xyzebra
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xyzebra

Under the humor is an sense of disappointment and lack of femininity these naturals feel about their hair. It hits them when the style doesn’t “work out.”. That’s why the style “not working” is shown as a man.

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