Havana twists are my go-to protective style, even now as I have locs. I absolutely love this style! It's a flexible hairstyle, gives me length, and is simply cute! Here are my tips for installing and the upkeep of Havana Twists.
Before installing your Havana twists, or before someone else installs them, make sure you are prepping your hair for this protective style. If you are a loose natural, I would highly recommend shampooing and deep conditioning your hair. I would also encourage you to blow your curls out for an easier braid, and better blend between your hair and the Marley hair.
If you have locs, definitely install them on clean hair. I usually wash my hair a day, or two before I plan to install my twists, just to make sure they are completely dry.
And regardless of how you wear your natural hair, always seal in moisture with an oil!
THe best method of twisting
In my opinion, the best way to install Havana twists is with the "invisible twist" method. I learned this method when I was still in college, and it is way less time-consuming than braiding the roots of each twist. It's a technique that you definitely have to adapt to, but is super-easy to do so. And if you're having someone else do your twists, and you like this method, ask them if they're familiar with installing with this method.
Use edge control
Only on your edges of course. To me, it pulls the style together, and allows your hairline to blend better with the Marley hair.
No tight roots
There's no other pain, then the pain that a tight weave can cause. Also, there's no other damage like the damage a tight weave can cause. This is one of the main reasons I decided to learn how to braid my own hair. I was tired of getting my hair braided by someone who wasn't aware of how tight they were braiding, or who frankly didn't care. The first indication of a braid being too tight could be the pain, another clue could be small bumps that appear on your scalp...if you see/feel any of these, take the braid out. A cute hairstyle is not worth losing hair over.
Keep a stack of hair ties
Make sure you have a stack of hair ties, scrunchies, or whatever you call them on hand. You can achieve many styles with them! I'll be posting style ideas for Havana twists in the upcoming weeks, when I install a new batch!
Have you ever worn Havana twists? What was your experience? Comment below!