Flat twist out (a.k.a flat twist) is my go-to protective style when I am over 4 weeks post relaxer. I have done the style multiple times but this is the most defined and softest my hair has ever been and I credit the Shea Moisture products used.
I came by Shea moisture products via my hair crush, Jess @mahoganycurls when she used the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Soufflé to achieve an amazing twist out. I have been meaning to replicate the style, but the price tag kept me at bay. When the products were on sale, I picked up the gel along with the Raw Shea Butter Transitioning Milk as they were out of the Curl & Style milk from the coconut and hibiscus line, and I have also tried the treatment masque from the Shea butter collection, so I wasn’t too anxious.
The prepping process has a huge impact in the definition and duration of the flat twist, so I diligently follow the steps below. The process is quite tedious, which is why I do the style at night.
- I prepoo my hair with coconut oil for 1 hour
- I clarify my scalp with a clarifying shampoo
- I deep condition for about 45 mins as per regimen
- I wash out the deep conditioner and wrap my hair in a cotton T-shirt for 10mins to absorb excess moisture
- I section my hair into 4 and moisturize each section with a leave-in conditioner (Crème of Nature)
- I gently detangle each section, making sure to get rid of all knots that will impede the style
- I airdry for 1 hour
After drying, I sectioned my hair into 4 and moisturized each section with a quarter-sized amount of the transitioning milk. The milk is very thick and creamy; at first, I was worried about the small size of the bottle, but as the product is quite thick, I only need to use a little to get the desired result.
I sectioned my hair to begin flat twisting, and coated my hair with the curl gel soufflé. I usually start twisting from the left side of my head and work my way around to the other side as I get the best result this way. I secured the ends with perm rods and usually end up with 8-10 twists. I waited for 30 mins for the products to fully absorb before heading to bed.
The next morning, I take out the twist by coating my hands with jojoba oil and gently unravel in opposing direction as the twist, ensuring to avoid frizz. After unravel, I separate the twist with my hands and style as desired.
The curl soufflé did a fantastic job in defining the curls. My hair felt very soft to touch and there was no frizz. The gel itself smells amazing, and though it is quite sticky, it washes off easily. It is very light and it doesn’t flake – a big plus. The curls lasted for the entire week and I pineapple my hair at night with a silk scarf to help preserve the style. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase and I can’t wait to try more Shea Moisture products.
Have you tried the Raw Shea butter transitioning milk? What about the Curling Gel Soufflé? Let me know your thoughts below.