The Havana Twist: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
I’m the worst.
When I got my Havana Twists back in December, I had this elaborate plan to take care of my hair daily until I removed them in March.
Well, we are now into May and I finally took my Havana Twists out on Cinco de Mayo.. only after deciding I was going to do it for real for real.. at like 7pm. Smh. I’m still giving myself the mean side eye for that..
You see before I go into the details as to how I maintained my hair, my experiences and all that let me first explain as to why I kept my Havana Twists in so long…
Well, for one.. I was gassed. Everyone, man, female, child, dog, cat, bird.. okay, I’m going in.. loved my.. well the.. wait no, my.. hair. I had fooled so many Rastas, had converted so many non-naturals to go natural and well put many naturals onto Havana Twists. These Twists had become a part of me more than you ladies would probably ever understand. I was addicted. Hence why, starting in March it was always a big debate when the weekend came around as to if I was really going to take my hair out. Well, I always put it off which leads me to the real point..
I’m lazy. Lazy as fuck, excuse my French. The Havana Twist allowed me 20 additional minutes in the morning to sleep or do whatever since I wasn’t wasting it on perfecting my twist out or high puff. It was the best WnG– wake & go in this context–style for me.
But all good things must come to some sort of an end, and after realizing that my hair was probably locing under the strands of FingerComber, I figured it was time to take out the Twist. So let’s get right into it..
+ Despite me deciding to take my Havana Twist out at 7pm, it only took me an hour to get all the twist out my hair. Coming from the land of three or more hours to remove fake hair from my head, I was well pleased.
+ As far as maintenance went, I did an okay job with that. On a daily basis, I made sure to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my edges as I was trying to keep those, as spritz my scalp with some EVCO & water. Very simple. To give the hair sheen, I used Ouidad Mongongo Oil until it ran out then switched to JASS Shine, both worked like a charm.
+ When it came to washing, well I did a subpar job at dry shampooing with SOY Organic Dry Shampoo. I did this for the first three months, then fell off. Completely. Which leads us to..
+ Although taking the hair out only took an hour, detangling my hair took almost two. I did a dry detangling first in which I used Coconut Oil & water to help with the detangling and break up the dirt.. because YES, ladies.. my hair had crazy dirt in it. That dirt made me realize that..
+ I really did the most. My love for the Havana Twist made me neglect my real hair, causing me to leave a Protective Style in WAY longer than one need’s too.. we are talking close to a whopping five months. Yes, yes I know.. I did the most..
+ Before getting the Havana Twist, I didn’t get a proper trim. Yes, I know.. stop shaking your head at me. I had did some half ass dusting job and had fooled myself into thinking my hair was properly trimmed.. but yea, no.. it wasn’t. So when I finally did take out the twist not only did I have a lot of shredded hair.. imagine what five months of shredded hair looks like, but I did have quite a few breakage due to those split ends. Then I went into the shower to start the washing ceremony.. and that’s when it got real.
+ Due to a last minute decision to finally take out my twist.. (if you don’t know, I have a history of poor last minute decisions when it comes to hair. My last last minute decision to take out weave is what ended up turning me natural.. but I’ll tell that story on a different day) I didn’t get to properly dedicate as much wash time to it as I would have liked. I got in the shower at 10p and wasn’t done with my hair until 12a. Ugh. So I didn’t get to give myself a protein treatment with the steamer like I wanted to do, I was tired and just needed to wash my hair so it could be somewhat presentable for work. The rest of the washing process is to be continued this weekend.
+ Although my had 2.5″ inches of new growth, all of that seemed to not matter after watching the disgusting amount of hair fall into the drain as I washed my hair. I had six sections that I would untwist, wash, twist.. move on.. so the process was a little longer than I would have liked. I washed my hair using Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner, and did an hour deep condition with Eden BodyWorks Monoi Conditioner & JBCO mixed. Washed it out, added some Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in and used the LOC Method, with water, coconut oil & Eden BodyWorks Shea Butter Curl Defining Creme. I was very pleased with the Eden BodyWorks products and will be do a review in the future.
+ All and all, collectively from both dry detangling and wet detangling, I probably lost up to like four softballs worth of hair.. which is way more than my usual two. But no worries, I have still more than enough hair for my go to high puff.
So, I lost a little bit more hair than I had planned — it’s okay. For me, it’s not the end of the world. I clearly over abused the point of a Protective Style and had to pay the minor consequences. Now, for those of you that have read all of this.. I don’t want to scare you away from trying PS. I just wanted to share my experience that I had with them for the past like five months. I was just lazy, you don’t have to be. In fact, don’t be. Be more proactive in caring for your hair while it’s in a Protective Style.
Now, I’m no quitter. I like to experience mistakes and learn from them. I will be getting my Havana Twist put back in.. probably in June, for literally a month.. at most two. I’m going to dedicate the new few weeks to restoring my hair back to it’s full health — first by starting with a proper trim and a protein treatment. I’ve learned what not to do with this past set and vow to be better in the future. If there’s certain questions you have concerning the twist, feel free to ask me as I tried to cover everything I did with them on my head.
So, confession hour: what are some mistakes you’ve made with your hair that you’ve learned from?