Specials Moments

So for the most part I have been pretty relaxed about my hair routine. It isn’t the best of practises, but I’m happy to say lengths where achieved. So as a little pat on the back, I thought I’d take on an old style that would normally have me running, The Chunky Flat Twist-out. It really isn’t hard to do… it just gets tiresome keeping your hands up.

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Now let me confess, there was another reason why you see me dolled up and ready to try this style. It was just around the time of me taking my University graduation photos and I stilled believed in the DIY nature of hairstyling. Oh, I have no bias against beauticians; It’s just sometimes what I want and what Mr. monopoly wants are on two separate wave-lengths.

As well, the energy to spoil myself really went straight into the make-up. You see, when a lady’s big moment comes calling, nothing short of empress-level glamour will satisfy the desire to impress.t.

I highly recommend this style if you want the curly or wavy 50’s Hollywood glamour. Yes! I said it. Glamour with natural hair. It is certainly a “proud chest puffing” style to have.

In the future I promise to give a full tutorial about what I did, but for now I’d like to tell you what to look out for.

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Chunky Flat Twist-Out

  1. Shows much better curl definitions when compared to a normal twist-out.
  2. Moisture is your friend, but the Eco Styler gel, or a product of similar texture, will be your best friend.
  3. It gets faster the more you do it.
  4. Section your parts. Don’t try to get everything done in one length.

Coils for the DIY in you

So it’s been a long minute since I wrote something, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped the usual madness with my hair. I’ve done this style a few times now, and call me impressed, but I think I’ve gone from a “meh” to a “yyaayy ( see those double y’s!!).

I’ll admit, I’ve sweat the technique a little longer than I should have, but it’s honestly a simple style that can be done in a few hours; may be 4 hours tops for the professionals amongst us. However for the rest of us… I’d suggest you make dinner early for the day.

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First try with natural coils

My motive for trying this style had come from a point of pure lazy determination. To describe that point, let us say it’s when you’re at that hair care period where you can’t be bothered to be neat, but know you’ll regret it once you wake up in the morning and notice Hurricane Gilbert took a pit-stop in your hair.

I needed a style that limited the use of extension and braids, while also keeping my hair put for one to two weeks. Call it stress or just plain genetics, but I see my future bordering dangerously close to Naomi Campbell if I can’t get a handle on things. My hair just doesn’t respond well to too much manipulation.

So to combat that dangerous journey, I’ve thought of some steps to help bring my hairline back and promote growth. I’ll talk about that in later article, but for now let’s talk about the style that promotes less manipulation.


What we need

  • Hair Spritz
  • Eco Styler Gel / Blue Magic Organics Indian Hemp
  • Arm strength

Most times I’d start this style after a wash day. So meaning leave-ins, butters and oils have been applied from the start.

At this point, I’m pretty free about the parts I’ll make in my hair. This really depends on you, but my rule of thumb has been the tighter the coil, the longer the “hold” on your hair with the gel. If your hair is in the tiny fro stage, you may want to try smaller coils as they catch and hold easier, but if you find yourself working with more length you can “catch” larger strands of hair and make them as fat as you wanna. However, please do remember that tighter coils make for longer holds.

coil start

hhhmm that looks right, right?

After separating a few strands, I’d take a small dab of the oil/ gel and rub down from root to tip. After that I’d  start to twin my hair in the circular motion illustrated below.

Coiling Gif

©2014, Kimona Wickham

I’ve even taken pictures to show you the changes your hands may make. Also to note, when you notice your hair getting dry during the process, just use your spritz to moisturize your hair again.

Now once you’ve reached this part, you’ve pretty much made it. Fin. Sayōnara. Done. The hardest thing you’d have to worry about after this is keeping your arm from cramping up doing ALL THOSE LITTLE PIECES.

You’ll look pretty cute though at the end of things. No gain without some pain, folks.