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Washing Hair In Twists: Should You Do It?

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Wash day for many naturals can seem like a bit of a chore. It’s even more so if you have a lot of very thick hair.

If you are one of these people that loves to wash your hair all the time then more power to you, please teach me your ways.

I love to have my hair clean but I’m not big on having to wash it so regularly.  To be fair though I have the same feelings with cooking.  I always feel too lazy to cook until I actually get in the kitchen and get started and then I enjoy it.

It’s pretty much the same with washing my hair.

Well if you are anything like me you might be always trying to find new ways to efficiently wash your hair without it becoming a mammoth task.

Thankfully some people think they have found the perfect solution. Washing your hair in twists.

I know it sounds a bit bonkers at first especially if you have never considered the idea before but let’s take a look at it with an open mind and then we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of washing your natural hair in twists.


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How To Wash Your Hair in Twists

Start off by sectioning your hair into smaller sections.  Depending on the density of your hair I would suggest that you split it into roughly 6-8 sections and twist each section nice and tightly so they don’t unravel.

If you like to pre-poo your hair before washing it now would be a good time to do this.

Once you have finished and are ready to start washing your hair, head over to the shower.

It’s better to wash your hair in the shower as this is helps to ensure that the water runs well into each section.

Take your first section of hair and run it under the shower without untwisting it.

Next, add your shampoo and gently massage it into your scalp and let the suds run down into your hair.

Rinse the shampoo out and next add your conditioner and wash in the same way.

Make sure your hair remains in twists for the entire duration of your wash.

Once you are fully washed and have rinsed everything out dry your hair using an old t-shirt as opposed to a towel as this will help to keep the moisture in your hair.

Washing your hair in twists is a fairly straight forward process once you have done it once.


Washing your hair in twists


Is it Good To Wash Your Hair in Twists?

There are definitely 2 schools of thought when it comes to washing your natural hair in twists and not everyone is a fan of it.  The truth is that you won’t know if something works for you or not until you try it for yourself.

It may work wonderfully for you or you may hate it.  In my opinion, you should give it a shot at least once so you know for sure.

Let’s take a look at some of those pros and cons of washing your hair in twists.


Pros of washing hair in twists

  • Washing your hair in this way makes it much more manageable to handle.
  • You will be less likely to experience as many single strand knots as there is less opportunity for the strands to twist around themselves.
  • You have better access to cleaning your scalp
  • Less time consuming
  • Fewer tangles and less breakage


Cons of washing hair in twists

  • The twists can easily come undone if they are not twisted tight enough because of the weight of the water.
  • You may not be able to wash out the products properly as it will be hard to release the product whist in twists, therefore, leaving residue.


Can I Deep Condition My Hair in Twists?

Yes, you can.  In the same way that you would pre-poo and wash your hair in twists you can also deep condition too.


Washing Natural Hair in Mini Twists

If you have had your hair in mini twists for a while now you may be ready to wash your hair but you don’t necessarily want to undo all your twists just yet.

I get that because mini twists can take a very long time to install especially if you have long natural hair.

Washing your hair whilst they are still in their mini twists could be an option for you.

I would suggest that even though your hair is already in twists that you still section your hair into smaller sections rather than washing everything all at once so you have better control.

It’s very convenient to wash your hair whilst still in mini twists but just be aware that you may experience a lot of frizz afterwards.

There will not be a whole lot that you can do to prevent that but I guess that’s the trade-off that you are making in order to have freshly washed hair.

Another option that I have heard a few people do is to retwist their hair after washing it in twists to make it appear neater.

If you have the time why not?!


Final Thoughts on Washing Hair in Twists

Washing your hair in twists in a good option if you are pushed for time.

Personally, for me, I have tried it before but it wasn’t right for me.  I can definitely see the attraction in it though.

Let me know if you have tried this before and how you found it.


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