Protective styles on locs or natural hair, is a great way to keep your hair protected from damage, while promoting stronger, longer natural hair. The flat twist is a simple, yet versatile natural hairstyle that can be done in the form of small twists or larger ones, depending your taste.
How I Did Flat Twist on My Locs
The longer my dreads are getting, it becomes much easier to do a variety of protective hairstyles such as the flat twist. This style usually last me for a week. The steps are really simple. Here are the steps I used to achieve my natural flat twist on my locs.
I start off with clean locs. If your hair is not due for a wash just yet, but it’s not feeling clean, you can use a herbal cleanse dry shampoo to refresh your your scalp and hair.
I applied a natural hair moisturizer to my dreads and evenly distributed it throughout my hair, paying special attention to the ends. You don’t want the tips of your locs to be crispy and dry.
Separate each section of your hair that you will be doing the flat twist on. As you can see, I did mine in big sections. There are five rows in my hairstyle.
Separate the section/row of locs that you are working on, into two sections. Grasp both sections and start by overlapping each section of locs over the other, while twisting it close to the scalp.
Continue twisting in this pattern until you reach to the ends. I didn’t twist mine all the way to the ends. I used a black rubber band to secure each twist.
Twist the other rows using the same technique you used in the above illustration, until all your locs are flat twisted.
Use a hair elastic to secure the ends of your locs, pulled back to the nape of your neck.
Daily Maintenance of Your Flat Twist
To keep your natural protective hairstyle in place, simply spritz it with some natural oils mixed with water, daily.
Night Time Prep for Flat Twist
Tie your dreads at night to keep your flat twist looking neat for the next few days. It is recommended that you tie your hair with a silk scarf before going to sleep. Some people say that they achieve the same results when they use a satin scarf.
My locs are slowly getting older, and right now they are 15 months old, going on to 16 months. I have noticed a little growth going on in the roots. What I have been doing these days is just washing and re-twisting the front of my hair. I haven’t twisted the back in a while.
Freeformed Locs Can Enhance Growth
Giving my roots a break from twisting seems to be helping my dreads to grow. Now that my locs are growing, they seem to be smaller than they normally are. If you look back at my older blog posts you will see how huge they were. Right now I am loving the size of them, not too large or too small.
It’s okay to neglect your locs a little, as long as you keep them clean and moisturized. Keep a spray bottle handy with a mixture of oils and water. Spraying your hair daily with this mixture will keep them fluffy and soft.
More Versatile Dreadlocks Hairstyles
The older my locs get, the more hairstyles I can try. Some weeks I’ll do my hair in a certain style and let it last me for the week. The great thing is that my dreads don’t get that fuzzy anymore. I can simply wash them, moisturize, and put on a headband. I don’t have to style my hair every week.
If I don’t feel like wearing a headband, I just keep my hair in a ponytail, using my favorite Loc Tie Dreadlock accessory. With summer drawing near, this will keep my hair upward and away from my neck, which is much cooler. It’s simple, yet classy with a beautiful bead on top.
Other than the above styles, I pin my locs up with hairpins. Last week I did a pin-up style and just tied my hair at nights to keep it neat. The photo above is a simple updo that I did last week. Give this hairstyle a try for the summer. Keep checking back for more updates, hairstyles and tips to keep your locs looking lovely, as they transform each month. See you on my next blog!
I know I haven’t been giving regular updates on my locs journey, but here I am. It’s better to be late than never. I’ll give you a quick little update on my 10-months locs journey.
My Not So Perfect Hair Days
I have been through the frizzy locs period and the frustrations, but I am glad that I didn’t give up. My dreadlocks are growing so beautifully right now. I am amazed at how thick they have gotten over the past months. If you look at my previous post: Almost a Month Wearing Locs – My New Retwist Hairstyle, you can see the difference in the texture of my hair as well as the length.
Noticeable Changes as Dreads Mature
As your locs mature and starts to lock, you will notice some shrinkage in your hair, but as time goes by, the length will start to show. My ends are looking so much better these days and my hair is looking more like locs.
A Word of Encouragement During Transitioning
One thing I’ve also experienced during my journey of growing dreadlocks, is that not everyone will approve of your transition, but that is another story for another post. All I can say is that I am loving my hair right now and I would encourage you to not give up. It will get better as your dreads mature, and with proper care.
Here are a few of my photos that I have taken recently. I am still dealing with the fuzz, but at least I can try new styles without worrying that my hair is going to unravel.