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Spring Twists Are The Low-Maintenance Protective Style You Need

Prepare for this protective style to become your new favorite.
When it comes to protective styling, there are so many options to choose from. And while we love them all, one style has won over our hearts because it is so easy, so natural-looking and so lightweight. Enter, spring twists. Spring twists are the perfect combination of twists and springy ringlets, and they’re so versatile.

Spring twist hair is unique and creates a bouncy, picture-perfect style that doesn’t require much upkeep. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about spring twists. From what they are, why they’re great to wear and how to install them. Plus, we share a few tips on how to keep spring twist hair looking fresher for longer.

What are spring twists?

Spring twists are a protective hairstyle that incorporates tightly coiled hair extensions. It’s very similar to Senegalese twists, but the extensions used are much more tightly coiled so the hair springs up into a ringlet. And that’s where the name comes from. This protective hairstyle is lightweight and easy to maintain and works on pretty much any hair type. The magic is in the extension. With a simple pull on one of these twists, the hair will bounce back into a perfectly spiral ringlet. It’s essentially picture-perfect curls minus tons of effort.

What is the benefit of spring twists?

Protective styles, spring twists included, are a great way to keep hair protected and manipulation to a minimum. Spring twist hair is low-maintenance and very lightweight. Unlike other protective styling, this springy style won’t weigh your head (or neck) down. The extensions themselves are practically weightless.

Another great benefit to sporting sprint twist hair is that it actually looks very natural. Since the extensions are springy and curly, the twists look like a natural curl pattern. These twists can be whatever length you choose. You can sport short twists or waist-grazing twists. And they’re super easy to style. From a ponytail to a bun to an elegant updo, there’s really no limit with this protective style.

How should I prep my hair for spring twists?

Like most protective styles, spring twist hair requires some investment of time and, well, money. You can expect this process to take anywhere from four to eight hours, but trust us, the end product is well worth it. While you can install spring twists at-home, if you’re a newbie to extensions you may want to enlist expert help.

Spring twist hair comes in bundles of three, and most people can complete their entire head with one or two bundles — depending on how long and thick your strands are and the size of the twists you are creating.

To prep your hair for spring twists, you’ll want to thoroughly wash and condition your strands. A sulfate-free cleanser like the Wash Day Delight Water-to-Foam Shampoo is a great option since its gentle lather won’t strip strands dry. If your hair is frizzy and needs an extra dose of moisture, try Goddess Strength Fortifying Shampoo with Castor Oil. And don’t forget conditioning. You want a rich, nourishing conditioner to act as the moisturizing base to keep strands soft and supple while you style. Our go-to is the Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hydrating Conditioner. It’s a holy grail for curly heads that are desperate for moisture. And if your hair is particularly damaged, this is the perfect time for a treatment: opt for Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Hair Mask.

This style can be done on your natural hair, but many experts recommend blowing hair out before installing spring twists. Once your hair is dried (with a blow dryer or by air), your hair will be parted into sections. The denser and thicker hair you have, the more sections you’ll want to make. Each section should be generously moisturized with a leave-in conditioner like the Goddess Strength Divine Strength Leave-In Cream. This will make sure the hair is moisturized and help to keep frizz at bay.

To install the spring twist hair, small portions of the spring twist hair will be braided at the root and twisted into your natural hair. These twists may appear looser than other twisted styles because the ideal spring twist has bounce and will spring back into shape, even when manipulated.

If you’re worried about frizziness or unruly strands, try applying Wash Day Delight Hair Gel to Foam Styler Rose Water. This curly hair gel to foam mousse offers hydration, shine, and definition. Once the first spring twist hair is installed, the same process will be continued throughout the rest of the hair.

How do I maintain spring twists?

Now that your spring twists are in place, let’s discuss how to keep them looking fresh. If properly cared for, spring twists can last up to six weeks.

Keep scalp moisturized. Since you won’t shampoo your hair or scalp while your spring twist hair is installed, keeping your scalp properly hydrated will help to alleviate itching and dryness. Our top pick is the Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend Scalp and Hair Oil. The blend of sunflower, castor, olive and jojoba oils keeps the scalp properly moisturized until you restyle your strands.

Sleep with a silk bonnet. The easiest way to shorten the lifestyle of a new hairstyle is to sleep with your hair unprotected. Reach for a silk or satin bonnet or pillowcase to keep friction to a minimum and increase the longevity of your spring twist hair.

Touch up edges as needed. If your edges begin to look frizzy or unkempt, apply a pomade. The Mimosa Hair Honey will keep edges sleek and shiny without creating flakes or residue.

Looking for more protective styling ideas? Check out 25 Stunning Braided Hairstyles for Natural Hair.

 

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