natural-hair-bride Photo via Instagram @BlushingBlack

So last week I had a big photoshoot for Made You Look Photography and I decided to do a little experiment on my hair. One of the major things I’ve struggled with in this entire journey is how the blankety-blank-blank I get my entire head of curls defined. I know the parts that usually will pull through, but getting the other parts to curl right can be challenging. Sometimes I get it, but most times I don’t.

I have various textures, especially in the middle of my head, which it usually takes angels in Heaven to get it to curl properly.


For the longest, this is how I would set my hair. Usually 7-9 large twists with the goal of achieving big, fluffy hair. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. So when I decided to take a risk and not straighten my hair for this shoot, I had to figure out a way to make my curls super duper defined and allow me to achieve the big hair style I love to wear. So I’m going to share with you exactly what I did that gave me curls I’m in love with and more compliments this week than I knew what to do with.


Rather than 7-9 twists, I set my hair with about 20 two strand twists with a little oil and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I took my time and made sure each section didn’t have too much hair so I could really focus my attention on the details of that section.  I made my sections way smaller, keeping my pinch point at the root, twisting down, and stretching it until it almost sits straight. It naturally springs back up.


After this, I let it sit for an entire day. Rather than get heart burn about wearing my twists out, I wore a cute hat to cover my hair and stylish earrings. When I felt it was set, I unraveled to a head full of defined strands. The best part, I’ve only had to retwist it ONCE this week.

natural-hair-two-strand-twist-out-4 Photo via Instagram @BlushingBlack

The lesson: Big hair comes in smaller twists.

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