Making Your Twist Outs LAST!

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” I spent so much time twisting my hair and after wearing it out for a day, my style was gone!”

I can totally relate to that experience! When I first tried a twist-out, I actually ended up having to wash my hair a day after I took the twists out because my hair simply did not hold the style well at all. Nowadays, twist outs have become my GO-TO natural hair style, where I can generally wear a twist out from one wash weekend to the next.

[Note: Picture above is a one-week old twist out using Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter w/no retwisting during the week!]

Here are some tidbits that may help you stretch your twist out styles!…

[Don’t forget to check out the list at the bottom where I list some of my favorite products for twist-outs!]

1. The smaller you make your twists, not only will you have more curl definition but that definition may last longer as well.

2. Twisting on wet hair with a cream-based product that will seal in moisture will also help you lock in definition for a longer period of time, compared to a twist out on dry, stretched hair in some cases.

3. Make sure your hair is completely dry before taking out your twists. If you’re looking for a less-defined, fluffy look, you’ll want to take your twists out before they completely dry. However, for a more defined look that will last longer, you’ll want to be sure that your twists are fully dry before unraveling them.

4. Applying a natural oil/pomade to your twists while unraveling your twists can help cut down on frizz.

5. Sleeping with a satin or silk scarf/bonnet at night not only protects your hair from potential breakage, but can also minimize frizz due that is caused due to friction between your hair and your pillowcase.

6. If your twist-out already looks like its on its way out but you don’t feel like washing your hair yet, simply apply a light leave-in conditioner and retwist your hair in larger sections at night and unravel the next day to “refresh” some of the definition.

 Some of my favorite products for twist-outs!

 Twisting Creams/Butters: Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee

Untwisting Butters/Pomades: Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love, Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine, Qhemet Biologics Hydrate & Twist Butter

Light Leave-in Conditioners for Retwisting: Bee Mine Products Deja’s Hair Milk, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia

Some of my YouTube Twist Out Styling Vids

Mae’s Super Chunky Twist Out

Two Strand Twists and Twist Out with Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme

How to do a Wet Twist Out on Natural Hair

Mae’s Chunky Twist Out Frohawk

What are some of your tips for making your twist-out styles last longer? What are some of your favorite products to use?

Meet Our New Guest Contributor: Dr. Kari Williams, Trichologist

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kari Williams at the “A Night Out with Shea Moisture” event that was held back in September. Dr Williams, a trichologist, shared with us that evening her journey to studying in the field of trichology (scientific study of the health of hair and scalp) and the causes of common scalp disorders that women, specifically African American women, face. I was so impressed with the wealth of knowledge she shared and how effortlessly she explained the field of trichology to us, being that most of us were not exposed to this area of study before the event! I’m so honored that Dr. Williams has agreed to contribute bi-weekly guest posts covering the topics of scalp and hair health. Keep posted as I know that she’ll be sharing great and useful information!

Meet Dr. Kari Williams

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About Dr. Kari Williams

An expert on hair and scalp disorders, Dr. Kari Williams is possibly one of the most distinguished hair care practitioners in the country because of her advanced studies and application.

She has earned degrees from three respected universities.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts from the International Institute of Trichology and a PhD from the Élan Center of Trichology.  Trichology is the scientific study of hair and scalp disorders.  Dr. Kari is also a licensed barber, professional hair designer and natural hair care specialist.

She has been invited to train at various beauty colleges and regularly holds seminars for parents and stylists to educate them on scientifically proven methods that will prevent hair damage, reverse hair loss, proper hair products, application of the appropriate technique of braiding, hair extensions, hair weaving and non-surgical systems. She has appeared on BET’s My Black Is Beautiful, featured on and contributed to Essence magazine.

When she isn’t consulting or training, she is serving her clients at her salon, Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon and Trichology Clinic in Beverly Hills.

What Is Trichology?

Trichology is the scientific study of hair and scalp disorders and studies the growth, anatomy and physiology of the hair shaft and follicle. Many people wonder when it is appropriate to contact a Trichologist. Well, if you need solutions for hair loss, thinning, breakage, baldness, scaly problems, itchy, dry and/or oily scalp, a Trichologist can assist you.  Many problems of the hair and scalp may be an indication of, or a result of systemic conditions.  A Trichologist works closely with other professionals such as family practitioners, medical doctors, nutritionists, dermatologists and other Trichologists.  The basis for correct treatment is an accurate diagnosis, which begins with a good consultation.

“I have found that there is a definite need in the natural hair world for direction, and a return to practical education about curly, tightly coiled hair.  Consumers have turned to each other for advice and instruction on how to care for their natural hair.  Outlets like Youtube have been great at generating interest in going natural, but they lack the expertise of a natural hair professional.  We really need to understand what our hair can and can’t do so that we can have realistic expectations.  Accurate information is required in order to break down the hair myths that have permeated our culture for so long.  Since there is no formal education on care for curly or kinky hair, many cosmetologists don’t have enough knowledge on how to deal with our hair. Never fear, Dr. Kari is here and healthy natural hair is my specialty!  In my next post I will discuss breaking down some of those hair myths so we can get back to the root of hair health.”

If you all have any scalp or hair – related questions for Dr. Williams, please email them to me at mae@naturalchica with SUBJECT: [Dr. Kari Williams] or post them as a comment below. We look forward to more information from Dr. Williams!

DIY Beautiful Brow Tips by Licensed Beauty Expert, Rachel Odem

Grooming your brows or having them done makes a huge difference. The perfect shape can make you look years younger and your eyes will really stand out. Try not to adapt to whatever the fashionable trend is in eyebrow shaping, choose to follow your natural arch for the best results. If you have over tweezed, you can easily correct the arch by using the following tips.

  • Try not to stand too close to the mirror. Doing so can cause you to over tweeze. With a disposable mascara wand or brow, comb gently, brush the hair up and into the direction of the natural hair growth pattern.
  • Use an eyebrow pencil to draw in the shape that suits your taste. My favorite drug store brand is Maybelline Define A Brow.
  • With a white eyeliner shade areas you wish to remove.
  • Now that you have a shape drawn in and white area to be removed, tweeze any hairs that fall outside of the line of the brow.
  • Brush the brows straight up, with a pair of manicure scissors. Trim any hairs that are too long or curly.
  • With a flat angled brush and eyeshadow, trace over eyebrow pencil and define brows.
  • To insure brow color lasts all day use a brow sealer similar to this one from Taut (Perfect Brow Control)

 For more beauty tips, you can visit Rachel at

What do you do to groom and define your eyebrows?

Mae’s Top 10 Tips for Healthy Natural Hair Care

Follow Me on Pinterest I’ve compiled some tips that have helped me along my natural hair journey in hopes that it will help you too! *Mae*

1. Don’t be afraid to experiment with products and styles. You’ll learn so much about your hair!
2. Get involved with the rapidly growing online natural hair community (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Fotki, etc.).
3. Protect your hair at night by sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase, and/or wearing a satin or silk bonnet/scarf.
4. Look for products that have a water base to moisturize your hair & remember to drink water!
5. To help with detangling, use a wide tooth comb on hair that is wet and saturated with conditioner.
6. Sample products. Try to buy sample sizes that you can test first and visit swap” parties to exchange products with friends.
7. Do Natural YOUR Way. No two heads of hair are alike, so stick with what works for you.
8. Take pictures! Documenting with photos can help you keep track of your hair journey and will remind of you of what worked and what didn’t.
9. Moderate your use of heat as excessive heat use can lead to heat damage over time, which can loosen and permanently damage your natural curl pattern.
10. Minimize breakage by ensuring that your hair is  free of split ends. This can be treated with trims as needed.


Now, what are some of YOUR top 10 tips for natural hair care? What techniques have helped your hair flourish the most during your natural hair journey?