A lot of natural women with hair texture similar to mine tend to rock hairstyles that allow for some length and volume in order to minimize shrinkage. I absolutely LOVE my kinky hair! If she were a real person, I’d wife her. Buy her all the expensive juices and berries, give her the best head massages, love her gently and handle her roughly when needed. Just make sure my kinky queen felt all my appreciation. Since my hair is just hair, I treat her with the care she needs. Kinky hair comes with a battle of its own. Y’all…. Shrinkage is so real and unnecessary but glorious at the same time. People see my fro and make assumptions about the length of my hair. Then I straighten my hair and they are legit confused like, “All that hair was in that fro?” And then I’m like, “Yes, yes it was.” Some people say embrace your shrinkage, I am not one of those people. I love a big voluminous fro that people hate to see coming at the movie theater. “Yep, I’m going to sit right here in front of you. You gon enjoy this fro and all is gloray!”
My routine changes depending on what is most important to me. Is it volume I am looking to achieve? Or a fro that retains the texture of a twist out? Lately, it has been more about volume. Here are some tips I always follow to ensure max volume is achieved.
1. Use the right products. My hair responds best when properly hydrated. In my Hello Hydration blog post, I share crucial advice on how to ensure your hair is moisturized. Should you use an oil or a cream to seal in moisture? It really depends on your hair and Hello Hydration has the answers.
2. Wet vs. dry twist. If I am looking for my twist out to have more texture (meaning my hair will retain the pattern of the twists) I twist on wet hair. Since my goal was volume, I twisted on slightly blow dried hair. Blow dried hair is stretched and, for me, tends to be fuller.
3. Chunky twists for the win. Larger twist create more volume. Simple as that!
4. Pick them roots! Listen Linda. I didn’t always fluff my roots with a pick. But once I did, I never looked back. Trust me, this will change the shape and size of your fro. Bigger is always better!
5. Pineapple your hair at night. Pineappling (yes, I made it a verb) is a method used to preserve your twist out. It is essentially a loose puff on the top of your head that you should cover with a satin cap or scarf for bedtime. By using this method my hair tends to expand more over the days and I avoid re-twisting my hair every night. Cause who got time for that? I don’t!
Check out this quick video of my routine! Tell me what you think. What tips do you have for your signature look?