Sunday, March 15, 2009

Afro Twists to the Rescue!!!

Hey guys! I hope your Sunday is going well, mine is rainy and gray! I posted last week about being tired of messing with my hair and needing a break. So on Wednesday, I went to G-boro to get some Afro twists. It took about four hours in total, there were two people working on me at once. I think they did a good job and they did not braid too tight. The base of each twist is a braid and then they began the actual twist part. The ends were left loose as opposed to twisting all the way down. The hair they used is from the Nafy collection and I think it is just Black. She made them about the length of my hair so I think it looks pretty natural, for the most part. To prep, I washed, conditioned/detangled, used KC Knot Today as a leave in, applied Sweet Almond oil to scalp and hair, then lightly blow dried my hair so they wouldn't have to rip through it as they parted. I think that worked pretty well and I did not lose much hair during the twisting process. I would definitely advise this to anyone thinking about getting any kind of extensions considering how they went through my hair obviously not caring about being gentle (at least not the kind of gentle my hair is used to getting from ME). The lady used a rat tail comb to section and 'detangle' any snarls she came to and she started from the root first (Aghhh :-/)! Luckily she did not have much 'detangling' to do so although I cringed as I watched her do it she did not seem to wreak much havoc.
Here is the finished product!

They did this diamond pattern all over my head which I suppose made the twists lay better:


Some back shots:


And the sides:



And this is my in my boyfriend's bathroom trying to get a shot in the mirror, lol.


So far I like them. I am definitely looking forward to a few months of no styling. I plan to wash my scalp as needed with a diluted shampoo and use Infusium/braid spray to mist the hair every few days or so as recommended on GrowAfroHairLong.com. I will use a light oil like Sweet Almond sparingly on my scalp if I feel that is needed too. My friend says these look better as they get older so I look forward to seeing what they will be in a month!

47 comments:

  1. They look really good

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  2. You look beautiful Leslie! Really very nice.

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  3. I love your twist, i just did some kinky twist for a friend last week and I really like the diamond pattern, it looks better and easier, and quicker. It took all day for me to do the kinky twist, ALL DAY. but I really like how they made it thicker and full and natural.

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  4. Hey Girl,
    i'm gonna do my twists tommorrow, lol
    i've been sayin i was gonna do them for a month now, lol
    you just inspired me to do them, you twists look beautiful and they fit you :o)
    fefe

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  5. Very pretty. What makes these different from standard kinky twists. Is this type of hair?

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  6. @Fine Hair Sistas I actually tried to do some myself before I went to have these done and I couldn't do it. It's much harder to grip your own hair. So that's awesome if you can put your own in!.

    @DeeDee The hair makes a huge difference. Sometimes kinky twists look more like little ropes to me than actual twisted hair. This hair is much softer than the hair used for kinky twists and looks more like natural hair, in my opinion.

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  7. Thanks Leslie - I have been interested in trying twist but IA with you..normal kinky twists look a bit fake. I think I'll give this texture a try for Spring.

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  8. how long are you going to keep them in? also, are they heavy?

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  9. These look great, Leslie! I totally understand on the detangling front. The way they rip through my hair makes me so nervous. Enjoy your hair vacation!

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  10. They look great!

    And they definitely do start to look better as they get older. I think the wetter and more moisturized the hair gets the more it settles. I take my scarf off every morning before I head into the shower to make sure my hair and the twists get a little moisture.

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  11. @Tamandra - I hope to keep these for two months and we'll see after that. And no, they are not heavy at all! I had Janet Jackson braids back in 7th grade and those like to have killed my neck b/c they were so heavy! These are very light, like my natural hair, really.

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  12. cute!! good idea too, especially if you need a hair break ;)

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  13. You're hair looks great! What kind of kinky hair did they use? I've been thinking about get some, but am worried that the synthetic hair will suck the moisture from my own hair.

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  14. It fits you very well! I got braided extensions once and I only kept them in for a week- they were too tight and I had a headache every day that entire week. I told myself "never again", lol.

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  15. The hair she used was called Nafy and it was just Black. It is softer than most "natural hair" extensions that I have seen or felt. It has a nice sheen to it also!

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  16. those are some of the most natural looking kinky twists i've ever seen. almost mistook them for your hair. she did an amazing job.

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  17. Leslie,
    I saw this blog yesterday (the day I had scheduled to get my twist done (I was looking for pretty pictures of twist)). After seeing your twist I had mine done similar. Check it out

    http://public.fotki.com/cryptanalyst

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  18. Hi Lisa and welcome! I checked out your fotki and I must say the twists came out really cute. You're gonna love the get-up-and-go aspect to them. Enjoy!

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  19. I love the twists. I've been thinking of getting some, but I haven't found a place yet and sometimes in the past when I've had people braid my hair, they pull too tight on the edges. Is this shop you went to in Gboro, NC? If so, I'd love to try that place. Do tell. :-)

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  20. Hi Libby! I DID go to a small shop in Greensboro. Send me an email to naturallyleslie@gmail.com if you want the location details and contact for the shop.

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  21. I don't know if you got my email or not, but you can email me at nccu0598[at]yahoo.com. I'm going to Gboro in the morning and I'd love to swing by there and check it out. Thanx. :-)

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  22. Oops! I see you already stated the brand info. Thanks

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  23. Thanks for the recommendation, Leslie. I got my hair done at the shop on yesterday. I didn't use the Nafy hair, but I guess these are the regular kinky twists; however, I do like the ladies there, their work, and the fact that my head didn't hurt at all. That's never happened before. Thanks again. Oh, pictures are on my blog - http://mykraftykreations.blogspot.com/2009/07/its-here.html

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  24. They look nice Libby! Enjoy not having to do your hair for a while :D

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  25. I love your twists. I've been wearing my hair natural for a few yrs and I'm ready for something new. I was thinking about either the nubian twist or afro twist. I like the photos of the afro twist because they look softer and more natural. I'm in Va but will be passing thru G'boro next month. Could you plz give info on the shop/person that did your hair?

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  26. Hi 62angiedj! The name of the salon is Falou Natural Hair Care & African Braiding. I got my hair twisted by Sonia.

    The address is:
    2644 Randleman Road
    Greensboro, NC 27406
    (336) 339-2468

    Let us know how it turns out!

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  27. Hi Naturally Leslie..
    I am loving your hair!..I've been looking for this hair for some time now and found it online.. It offer two types..Kinky/Puffy Screw and Nubian Twist..What texture did you use?
    Thanks for the help!
    -Tea.

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  28. Hi Anon, I don't really remember the "subtype" of hair but I am pretty sure it was not the kinky/puffy screw. I just know it was much softer than typical kinky twist hair. HTH

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  29. Ah the blue bathroom again! So it's your boyfriends bathroom huh? Should have guessed it was a guys with the baseball pic on the wall!!LOL..

    LOVE the twists! I have been to that same shop in G'boro! I try to stop by when I go home to see my family. I think Sonia is the last one that twisted my hair also! :D

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  30. Yep you guessed it Pat! And Sonia is cool :)

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  31. So I have a question for you.. what does your boyfriend think of your natural hair? Has he only seen you natural? Mine had issues with it at first as I was first transitioning but he is starting to warm up to the idea. just curious as to how if at all it has made any impact on your relationships with others?

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  32. Hey Pat! My boyfriend loves my hair and tells me so all the time. I have been natural since HS so every serious relationship I've had since then happened with me wearing my hair natural. I have never had any issues with men and my hair and most really really like it. I don't think I could have dated a guy who did not accept all of me but I understand there are many who date women with straight hair, the woman goes natural, and the man freaks out! So in those situations I would only suggest that the woman ask the man to be patient as she gets to know her new hair while at the same time challenging his own beliefs about beauty. What's your situation?

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  33. Hi Leslie. I enjoy your blog. You inspired me to get afro twists and I love them. I didn't at first but I needed a couple of days and rollers. I went to that salon - tres expensive! I'm still sketchy about the price though, I should have gotten a quote before but I didn't think it would be $180 (i think she conveniently went up when she found out i was visiting from ny)Anyhow - I was out in 2 1/2hours so I will attribute the upcharge to speed. The next time I think I will purchase the hair and give it a go myself :-)Thanks for your blog!

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  34. @Anon- I'm glad you had a good experience there and yes, it is really expensive. But like you said, they are quick! If you can do it yourself, that's awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. How did they secure your twist at the root? Every time I've gotten twist, they were always started with braids.

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  36. You're right, they started with about a half inch of braid.

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  37. Leslie,

    I live here in Greensboro and I called Sonia. I'm going for a consultation today, and getting my braids on Friday! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I'm taking my laptop to the consultation and showing Sonia your beautiful pictures. I cannot WAIT! Thanks again. :-) (BTW for anyone who wants to know, she has moved. Her new spot is:

    2806-C Randleman Rd.
    Greensboro, NC 27406
    (336) 339-2468

    And she was VERY nice.

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  38. Hey Krissy! I am so glad you got in, I really had a good experience and if I were still there I might try to back to her. Good luck and you must tell me what she says about the pics!

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  39. Leslie,

    I told Sonia where I got my inspiration from (before showing her the pics), and she knew exactly who you were! She asked me for your email, because she wanted to thank you for bringing her new clients! I forgot to give it to her before I left, but I'll be sure to text it to her. BTW, my twists came out GREAT. She used 3 packs of hair, which made for a fuller look.
    Tell me what you think!

    http://bit.ly/8YlNCy

    and today:

    http://bit.ly/aMkVi3

    Thanks so much, Leslie!

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  40. OMG they look sooo cute! You are making me want to take a trip back to gboro for real! That is cool that she knew who I was! I had no idea, lol!
    I knew a lot of people had asked about it but I guess I lost track. I enjoyed them a lot and I hope you do too!

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  41. Hi Krissy. I wanted to say I absolutely LOVE your hair. I actually went to somebody with your pictures because I wanted my hair exactly like yours. Unfortunately it looks nothing like it :-( But I wanted to know if some of your hair is twisted out? Or is all of it twisted? I cant quite tell in the pictures. Thanks...

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  42. Leslie,
    Thank you for the inspiration to go forward with getting the afro twist. I have been going back and forth with my decision and now I am ready to do it. Now, the only other thing I have to do is find someone in the Bay area.

    Thanks again.

    N

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  43. OMG!! This are gorgeous!! I'm planning on doing my hair in a couple weeks. I'm definitely doing these. Nafy Collection hair?

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