One protective style that has grown popular in the natural hair community is the spring twist. Its unique look and versatility when it comes to putting it in different hairstyles make it a good protective style option. In this article, you will be learning all there is to know about this hairstyle, so, keep reading.
What are Spring Twists?
Spring twists are a type of lightweight protective style created out of coily hair extensions to give a springy (they bounce quickly when you tug them) and twisty look. Spring twists have a unique look – the kind that draws compliments and naturals can wear them at any season of the year.
What are the Benefits of Doing Spring Twists?
- They are lightweight. This means you do not have to worry about heavy hair extensions that put pressure and pull at your hairline.
- They are low maintenance. This means you do not need to do much to keep them looking neat.
- They are easy to style. This means you can have them in a bun, an updo, a ponytail, a crown look, and much more.
- They imitate the look of natural hair.
- They can last as long as between eight to ten weeks (although this depends on how you maintain them).
Maintenance Tips for Spring Twists
As I have mentioned earlier, spring twists are a low-maintenance hairstyle. However, you still need to give them some tender loving care to keep them looking neat and beautiful for the period that you are going to wear them. Here are things to do to maintain your spring twists:
1. Wash Your Spring Twists
You can wash your spring twists with shampoo and a conditioner to keep them clean. Make sure you do this as gently as you can so you do not end up pulling out your spring twists or breaking your natural hair at the roots.
It is also important to mention that you should not wash your spring twists every other week or else they stand the risk of looking dull and losing their firm hold to your natural hair. So, you can wash your spring twists once or twice a month.
2. Oil Your Scalp
Even though you have a protective style installed, you should not neglect your scalp. To keep your scalp moisturized, make sure you oil it with scalp oil twice a week or whenever it feels dry. Also, resist the urge to itch your scalp as you can leave some little sores on it.
If you have an itchy scalp, then you can get an anti-itch scalp oil to help soothe your scalp.
3. Use a Satin/Silk Scarf
Before you go to bed, make sure you wrap a satin/silk scarf around your spring twists. This will help to keep your spring twists in place as you turn and toss in your sleep.
4. Keep Your Hands Out of Your Hair
Constantly touching your spring twists can cause them to frizz which means they begin to “age” prematurely.
5. Avoid Over-styling
While there are many fun and playful hairstyles (buns, updos, ponytails) you can try out with your spring twists, you should avoid styling them too often. Putting your spring twists in different hairstyles every other day can cause tension on your hairline leading to breakage, frizz, and even hair damage.
Dos and Don’ts of Spring Twists
For you to have the best experience with your spring twists, there are some things you should do and some things you should not do:
- Do make sure your hair is clean and well-moisturized before installing your spring twists. Dirty hair itches and can make you feel uncomfortable.
- Do not hold the hair of your roots too tight or else you may end up experiencing breakage or even damage like traction alopecia.
- Do not use heavy hair products on your scalp or natural hair during and after the installation as this can cause product build-up.
- Do use spring twist crochet hair or any other coily spring twist hair extension for your installation as they are what will give you that springy finished look.
- Do make sure to follow the maintenance tips for your spring twists to keep them looking neat and make them last longer.
Spring Twist Hairstyles
1. Long Spring Twists
2. Short Spring Twists
3. Medium Spring Twists
4. Colored Spring Twists
5. Spring Twists with Beads
6. Crochet Spring Twists
7. Spring Twists Updo
8. Side Swept Spring Twists
Frequently Asked Questions About Spring Twists
How Much Do Spring Twists Cost?
This depends on your location and the salon. Typically, spring twists cost between $150 to $300 minus the cost of the hair extension.
How Many Packs of Spring Twist Hair Extension Do I Need?
This depends on how thick and long your hair is. It is best to consult with your hairstylist first to know how many packs of extensions you will need.
Can I Reuse My Spring Twist Hair Extension?
Yes, if you are able to take them out without having them tangled up.
How to do Spring Twist Hair
To show you how to do spring twist hair, I have selected this video tutorial by DOPEaxxPANA:
What you need:
- Rattail comb
- Hair gel
- Elastic bands
- Crochet hook
- Your coily hair extension
Step 1: Section Hair
- Part the hair into neat sections (the size depends on your preference) and work your hair gel into one section. The hair gel helps to keep your hair in place.
- Next, tie the section with a rubber band.
Step 2: Attach the Extension
- Gently push the crochet hook underneath the rubber band, attach your extension to the mouth of the hook, and pull.
Step 3: Twist
- Twist the extension all the way down. Repeat the process for each section.
Your spring twists hairstyle is all done!
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