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At the end of last month, I wrote a post about how to take care of kinky twists. Well, now the time has come for me to move on to my next protective style, so I decided to share some tips for removing twists so you don’t have to worry about damaging your hair.
I will be honest and say this time I was dreading taking my hair down. I was just so busy and tired so I really didn’t want to do it, but I had had the twists in for a little over a month so it was time for me to say goodbye to them.
I was lazy…. but I also took them down safely and today I am going to go through the steps that I took.
#1 Spray Your Hair with Detangle Spray
The brand I chose to use was the one by Doo Gro.
#2 Cut the Twists and Untwist Them
I don’t do this all the time, but I was just ready to get it done as quickly as possible so I cut them short so I would have as little as possible to untwist.
#4 Spray Your Hair with Detangle Spray or Leave in Conditioner
I had used the remainder of my detangle spray in my hair during the pretreatment so I had to use Carol’s Daughter leave in conditioner spray.
#5 Detangle Your Hair
Take your time and detangle your hair. I used the wide bristle brush because I was too lazy to try and figure out where I had stored my combs. This is important to do before washing your hair to ensure that it doesn’t become a tangled mess when washing it.
#6 Wash and Condition Your Hair
I used the Doo Gro shampoo and conditioner. Since I was being lazy I only left the conditioner in my hair for about 10 minutes and then jumped in the shower to wash it out. However, usually, I like to leave it in for about 30 minutes or so.
#7 Trim Your Ends
Each time I take out protective styles I like to trim some off my ends. This is because my ends are damaged from dye and chemicals and a ton of people recommend doing it before installing protective styles. I don’t want to do the big chop so cutting my ends once a month is making the natural hair transformation a bit easier for me.
#8 Perform a Hot Oil Treatment
I was too tired after the washing and conditioning part so I didn’t perform my hot oil treatment until the next day. I usually, wouldn’t recommend this as your hair can be an awful mess the next day if you just put a bonnet on and leave it. However, this is the lazy guide so I am.
However, since I did just put my hair in the bonnet and told myself I would deal with it later, instead of doing my hot oil treatment myself I had a friend come do it for it for me. We used some carrot oil and Argan oil for the treatment and Sulfur 8 on my scalp.
#9 Style Your Hair
Since I’m not getting my new protective style installed for about a week I decided to have some flat twists done so I can just wear my hair twisted out.
Closing Thoughts on Taking Out Twists
Overall, this process only took a couple of hours. You can alter things around by opting for a deep condition instead of a hot oil treatment. However, in my case, I hadn’t had a hot oil treatment in a couple of months so I was overdue for one.
The good news, however, is that even though I was lazy about getting these twists out this time I lost the minimum amount of hair. I think it looks like the normal amount of shedding that would have occurred honestly.
What is your routine for taking out protective styles when you’re feeling lazy?