These are your three options for when to twist your hair:
1. Twist hair after detangling but before shampooing
This, in my opinion, is not the best time because:
- It's hard to wash the hair that's deep within the twist
- It's hard to fully cleanse the scalp
- To get proper saturation of conditioner, you need to undo the twist, condition and then re-twist the hair - that is super time consuming
Who might this method be best for?
I would say people with bra length hair or longer. I am not there yet. In this case you could make the twist loose enough at the base to ensure that you can still reach in to wash the scalp properly. Importantly, if your hair is this length you can get by with just 2 to 4 twists so undoing to apply conditioner and then re-twisting isn't a big deal.
2. Twist hair immediately after applying conditioner
I think this works. All the above negatives don't apply.
3. Twist hair after conditioner has been in hair for 30 minutes
I think this also works.
Personally, as my hair is just below the shoulders I prefer 2 or 3. I usually use method 3. I think 3 is best if your hair was very dry to begin with. All the good stuff in the conditioner will have had a chance to penetrate your hair; I think my hair is (probably) least vulnerable to breakage if I do a proper detangle and twist using method 3.
What's your opinion?
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