Twist Out picture that made the cover
When my publisher didn’t like the afro shoot, I decided to hire a photographer to shoot me with a twist out. Next to an afro, this was the only style I kind of knew how to do. I could never predict what my twists would look like and I wasn’t sure how long a twist out would hold but I decided to take a chance.
The night before the shoot, I twisted my hair smaller then I was used to. At that time I hardly used any products because I didn’t know much about products. I just knew about the brands for straightened hair that didn’t seem to work on my hair. With no products you still get a nice crinkle but hardly any shine and the style doesn’t last longer than a day. Today, I wouldn’t recommend doing a twist out without using any product. My favorite product to do a lasting twistout, is the Herbal Styling Gel.
For this shoot, I prepared a little better and was a bit more creative. I had different outfits, scarves and earrings. The photographer’s input was very helpful. I started with twists, changed up the look with scarves and outfits then did the same with the twist out. At this time I was about 2 years natural and never had a haircut. This was because my braider in the Netherlands who had beautiful long locs herself, didn’t believe in cutting hair. She was a Rastafarian and said that the ends would come off by themselves when I asked her for a haircut.
So all though I was two years natural combing my hair was quite a chore for me. My hair was 90% natural which gave it that full healthy look but the 10% ragged ends gave me a hard time untangling it. For those who transition, I’d recommend trimming your ends on a regular basis. After I trimmed my hair myself, combing became much easier.