How to Seal Kinky Twist Ends

by Aretha C. Smith

Kinky twists are the perfect hairstyle for African American women on-the-go.

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Kinky twists are a style of hair extensions worn by many African American women as a protective to preserve their natural hair. Kinky twists offer wash-and-go convenience, eliminating the need for harsh styling practices. Worn for a period of up to two months, these twists allow the natural hair to thrive and grow. To ensure kinky twists last, and don’t unravel, learn simple tips on sealing the ends to keep them secure.

Items you will need

  • Medium-sized perm rods
  • 2 large, thick towels
  • Saucepan of hot water
  • Large coffee mug with thick handle
Step 1

Roll the ends of three or four kinky twists into a medium-sized perm rod. Continue this process until the whole head of kinky twists is rolled with perm rods.

Step 2

Place a thick towel around your neck and shoulders to protect them during the sealing process.

Step 3

Bring a saucepan of hot water to a boil on the stove. Carefully pour hot water into a huge coffee mug. A mug with a thick wide handle that you can grip easily is advised.

Step 4

Keep an extra towel handy to squeeze excess water from the hair.

Step 5

Dip each perm rod section of kinky twists into the mug of hot water very carefully for a few seconds and then remove. Immediately squeeze the section of hair dry with the extra towel while perm rods are still in the hair. Ensure the towel around your neck and shoulders remains in place at all times to prevent hot water from coming into contact with your skin.

Step 6

Leave perm rods in the hair for one to two hours to let the hair set. Remove perm rods. The curled kinky twist ends are locked in place, preventing them from unraveling.

Tips

  • You may find sectioning the hair off into four sections with a hair elastic helps keeps the hair together easier during the dipping process. Certain brands of kinky twist extension hair may not require sealing the ends. Some brands of hair stay secure as long as the hair is twisted all the way to the ends during the extension installation process.

Warnings

  • Be very careful when dipping and removing the hair from the hot water. Hot water coming into contact with the skin could cause injury.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Aretha C. Smith began her professional writing career in 2004. She has authored several training guides for Dalhousie University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. Smith also holds a diploma in library information management from Nova Scotia Community College.