The long, hot days of summer are here; but that doesn’t mean that you must compromise the health of your mane to create some of this summer’s most popular styles. Textured hair is nothing, if not versatile. There was no shortage of hair inspiration at CurlFest – the ultimate summer celebration of natural hair. The NYC festival attracted women from all over the country rocking TWA’s to braids to vibrant afros blowing in the summer breeze while they played games, shopped their favorite brands and danced to smooth summer beats. Nestled in Brooklyn’s popular Prospect Park, this festival of all things needed for effortless summer beauty made it very clear that the twist out still reigns as a go-to summer style. When one mentions twists you can’t help but think of the popular “twist out” natural hairstyle. These ladies brought their A game out to CurlFest, showing us that you can be confident rocking twists on your own or you can tap into your creative side by forming them into various styles that will give you days and weeks of protective style with minimal hassle.
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Use The L.O.C Method for the Best Curls
Twist outs are great, but if you have fine, low-density hair; you may prefer a more voluminous look. Clipping in extensions to add length offers an easy way to create fuller, protective styles with this fun look without having to commit to a full wig or hairstyle. “An easy way to add volume, versatility, and length for those looking to spruce up their summer hair game; a twist out on clip- ins for natural hair is a simple way to blend your own hair with the extensions,” explains Alikay Naturals Co-Founder & CEO, Rochelle Graham-Campbell. The inventor of the popular L.O.C Method (Liquid. Oil. Cream) for moisturizing textured tresses, Rochelle’s “BlackOnyx77” YouTube channel has received over 15 million views since launching in 2008. The beauty mogul and influencer shared her tips below for using this method to create a well-defined, fluffy curl, twist out with clip ins. STEP #1 – Wash hair with a shampoo that won’t cause build up, like the Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo and used the Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Mask to deep condition. Cleanse your clip ins with a co-wash, like the Alikay Naturals CoWash Me Cleansing Conditioner. STEP #2 – Using a full set of 14” – 16” inch clip ins, start clipping the hair in being sure to evenly distribute the clip in hair so that it is balanced with your natural hair. This will help to ensure that they blend naturally. STEP #3 – Prep the hair by spraying it with a leave-in conditioner, like the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner and follow a few drops of your favorite oil (we recommend the Alikay Naturals Argan Oil Silkener); then layer in a cream, like the Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer to help create defined curls. Be careful not to oversaturate your hair with product to avoid weighing it down. STEP #4 – Section hair into four parts and use butterfly hair clips to hold the sections that you aren’t working with in place. Begin twisting small sections of hair. STEP #5 – Set your twists by letting hair dry overnight. If sleeping on it at night, be sure to wrap the hair using a silk bonnet, like All Caps Hair or Flor Bella, to keep the twists in place. STEP #6 – While taking down your twists using your fingers, be sure to separate each twist into two to three parts, grabbing the hair from the root and gently pulling as you shake the hair apart. Take a strand of the clip in hair with a strand of your own natural hair and twist the two together to make them blend seamlessly. L.O.C method to the rescue, for death defying curls everyime!!! By Tashieka Brewer