Removing Mini Twists | My 5 Step Process

Monday, January 30, 2012

This is how my hair looked after all the
twists were removed with this process. If it
wasn't so dirty, I would've loved to wear it
out like this!
After wearing my mini twists for almost 3 weeks (18 days to be exact), I finally took them down. This being my first ever mini twist experience, I was a little nervous about the take-down process because I was afraid of having a tangled, knotty mess on my hands (since the twists were so, well...."mini" LOL).

That said, I carefully followed these 5 steps when untwisting each twist (also check out the video tutorial below):

1. Coat the twist with a product that is light (and not greasy) but gives major slip to aid in detangling - concentrating on the ends. I used the Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee which is very light, not greasy at all, and helps to detangle my hair like a dream (I forgot how much I loved this stuff)! Other alternatives to use is coconut oil (which I love, but was out of it) or extra virgin olive oil (which also works great helping with detangling but is a bit too heavy and greasy for my fine strands)

2. Unravel just the end of the twist first. The reason why I need to do this first is because my hair loves to form single strand knots (SSKs) and tangles at the ends of my twists where it is super curly and coily. I find that if I take a few extra seconds to carefully unravel the end of the twist, unraveling the remainder of the twist is very simple and drama-free.

3. Unravel the remainder of the twist from the root downward. After step 2, this step is usually fairly quick and easy. What also tremendously helps to minimize tangling in both this step and the last is by twisting in fairly even sections and not "borrowing" hair from the other section when twisting.

4. Separate / pull apart the hairs in each section of the twist with your fingers. With my hair, both sections of each twist tend to also twist and curl up on itself within each two strand twist. Because of this, the hairs in each section of the twist tend to "clump" together. If I do not take the time to separate the clumped hairs, I will for sure have tangles later when I attempt to run a wide tooth comb through my hair. For me, this step is also critical in minimizing tangles later on.

5. The last thing I do with each unravelled, finger-detangled twist is release the shed hairs. I do this by smoothing the entire section of now loose hair in a downward motion, which encouraged the shed hairs to be released and gently pulled away from the section. This step is also very important because shed hairs that are left to linger in your hair love to curl up and coil itself around other hair still attached to your head, causing - you guessed it - tangles!

Mini Twist Take-down Video tutorial

The entire take-down process took me about 3 hours to complete broken up over the course of two days. That may seem like a long time, but I wanted to ensure that I didn't impatiently rip my hair out or become overwhelmed by tangles.

Will I do mini twists again? You bet! Although putting them in was a huge time investment for me, in the end it was worth it for the time I was able to keep them in. One very important lesson I learned from my minor mini twist setback I had earlier is that the next time I do mini twists I will be sure to twist tighter at the root as well as down the length of the twist in order to minimize frizz and the possibility of the twist unraveling at the roots.

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