Protective Styles: The Benefits of Flat Twists

flat twists with 4C hairIf you have joined the wonderful world of natural hair, you may be looking for some protective styles that will guard your tresses from the elements. When you want a simple yet elegant look, flat twists are a great option!

What are flat twists?

Flat twists are similar to cornrows in that hair is gathered bit by bit, keeping the resulting twists close to the scalp. However,  instead of using three sections of hair to create a braid, flat twists use only two sections of hair. For hair that passes the base of the head, the twisted ends can be gathered into a chignon or ponytail.

Why should you get flat twists?

  • Protection– As previously mentioned, twists are a protective style that allows you to let your hair rest while protecting it from the ravages of sun, heat, humidity, and pollution. 
  • Style– One of the best things about flat twists is that after you remove them, you can enjoy another distinct style! Removing your flat twists will result in a “twist out.” Depending on your hair type, this could yield spiral curls, coils, or puffs.
  • Convenience– Flat twists take less time to install and remove than some other styles, like elaborate cornrows or braids. This makes them a great choice for those who are always on the go, as well as for a child’s hairstyle.

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