Okay, so you know I’ve been thinking and talking about twists a lot lately. I’ve been planning on doing a set on my hair, but just haven’t had the time nor the inclination to actually do them. Well, the other day I was checking out one of the sites that Deiadre indicated that she follows, Naturally Leslie. I came across this old post where Leslie had these gorgeous two strand twists “extensions.” OMG!!! I fell in love with them and even more so when I saw how they “aged” in this post where she provided an update on the style.
So, I started to seriously think about getting twists installed in the Fall (after the DC Meet-Up, of course;)! I haven’t had braided extensions in close to a decade because, although I love not worrying about my hair for 6-8 weeks, I hate the installation process! Eight to twelve hours in a salon is NOT how I want to spend any of my Saturdays. I also don’t trust braiding salons as many braiders are too rough on natural hair, use horrible detangling techniques (“What do you think you are doing with that fine tooth comb?”), braid too tightly (especially around the hairline where the hair is the most fragile!) and want to “clip” and burn off your hair to make the braids “look nice.” Listen, I don’t care how “nice” it looks, you ain’t burning or cutting my hair to make some synthetic braids “neat!!” Also, a lot of places look at you crazy when you show up with as much hair as I have (even though my hair isn’t thick, I have a decent amount of it and it’s long).
But then, I remembered that my sister takes my niece to someone that she trusts to braid her hair, who is gentle and who doesn’t braid too tightly. You see, my sister is very cognizant of the damage that can be done by too tight braids and has herself removed braids the same day because they made her scalp bleed … literally. So, for the first couple years of my niece’s toddler years, I was the only one who cornrowed her hair. But, my sister needed someone more readily accessible and eventually found a stylist that she trusts with my niece’s head and hair. So, that’s where I think I’ll go if I get them done.
As I started seriously contemplating the twists thing, I also had to think about the type of hair I would use. As my texture is mostly pretty smooth and shiny, I knew the “kinky” twist hair wouldn’t blend well and I would be concerned with matting, locing, knots, tangles and friction damage as my youngest sister experienced this when she had kinky twists years ago. I loved Leslie’s hair in the post and she mentioned that the hair used by the salon was called Nafy. So, I started googling to try to identify it. Well, I found this site and think that this hair will be perfect to match the appearance of mine, but make the twists plump and full because the hair is curlier.
The hair is called “New Nubian Twist” and what I especially like is what the bag indicates at the top: “Soft smooth and incredibly light weight, twist easily without hurting finger, won’t cut or damage natural hair, new anti-tangle fiber.” THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Now, what do you think the problem is? Yeah, I can’t find it on the ground, so will probably have to order it online and it’s not cheap ($9.99 a bag!). Also, I sent a message via the “contact” option as I have no idea how many bags I would need and I also want to know how long the hair is as it’s not listed. Although it looks short, the hair is really coily, so stretched I suspect it would be the length of my hair with a blowout. I’m aiming for shoulder length, full, layered twists. I found this online retailer that sells the hair too, but it’s almost $1 more a bag (the wholesale price is $8 though … hmmm, how can I get it at that price? UPDATE: It’s actually $6 a bag at the wholesale price! And, I can get that price by ordering $150 worth of any combo of hair. If you’re interested in purchasing hair from this site, please let me know in the comments below. I could order it and then send it at the wholesale cost of the hair plus S&H! But, they are sold out right now! I called and was told that they should be re-stocked in about two weeks *sigh.*
Anywho, the final thing I thought about was you guys!! I was like, “Wow, will the ladies be heated with me for getting twists because they’ve come to expect styles and product reviews from me on my own hair?” It’s odd for me to actually think about anyone else other than myself when it comes to what I do with my hair! But, I seriously thought, “Will I be disappointing them?”
So, what say you? Have you ever worn twists with extensions? If so, how did you like them? Would you do them again? Would I disappoint you if I got them for a couple of months=)? I promise, I’ll still demonstrate styling options and products, just on/with twists !!