Mini Twists: Fall Protective Style

So, I decided to install some mini twists for the fall and winter, just to give my hair a break. I didn't want to get box braids since they would be too much stress on my hair, and I've noticed my hair is thinning in the crown area (blog post coming soon with more info). 

I prepped my hair Saturday morning with a hot oil treatment. I used coconut oil, JBCO, and a few drops of peppermint oil. I left this on my hair for about twenty minutes.  I washed my hair using  the Mill Creek Botanicals Biotin Shampoo, and conditioned with the Mill Creek Botanicals Biotin Conditioner. I sat under the dryer for about 15 minutes with the conditioner,and kept it on for an additional 15 minutes before washing it out. I haven't given my hair this kind of treatment in a while! Hot oil treatment and a deep condition?? My hair was in heaven! Since my life is pretty hectic with school, work, and wedding planning, I haven't really been able to care for my hair the way I want to, so my hair was thanking me for this!

I did a blow out on my hair just to stretch it so my twists won't have too much shrinkage. To prep for my blowout, I used my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and sealed with some Grape Seed oil. I would usually use coconut oil, but since Grape Seed oil can be used as a heat protectant, I reached for that instead. I blow dried on medium heat, so my hair wasn't as stretched as it would be if it were blow dried on high heat.

It took me four hours to twist my hair. I used the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream to moisturize (a little goes a long way), and some Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel for a little hold. I twisted my hair in sections just to make it easier. I used the African threading method to stretch the twists a bit. I got this technique from 11mjsmommy on Youtube. I will link her mini twist video below. 

Overall, I love the results! I plan on keeping these in for about three-four weeks. After that, I'll wash and condition my hair again and re-twist my hair. This is definitely a low manipulation hair style! I don't have to do much with it but wake up, style if I want, and go! And since my hair is thinning, I don't want to pull on my hair constantly by twisting it every night, etc... I'm working on getting the health of my hair back to what it was, so I want as little manipulation as possible. 

What styles are you doing to protect you hair in the fall and winter? 

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