I have type 2/3 hair, its wavy and curly. i watched a twist and rip video on youtube and the girl twisted the hair all the way to the bottom and then pulled it apart and it seemed to work faster. so i did that, and i can feel the twists in my hair like its wanting to curl. i was wondering if theres any way i can avoid having my dreads turn out in coils or if that will even happen at all?

The best way to minimize a braid pattern and keep your locks from coiling around in a twist is to stop twisting your hair all the way to the bottom before pulling upward. This is a minimally effective method of twist-and-rip. Instead, you should be twisting only once or twice before pulling upward. This will help the lock appear more matted, rather than twisted or braided. To see a video of this method in action, check out the following:

  • Short video by Anna April — Shows twist-and-rip, but does not have explanations in the English language. The video is in Danish, but the method is shown clearly, and you can see there is no twisted or braided look when she is done.
  • Comprehensive video by JR — Shows twist-and-rip step-by-step and has explanations in the English language.

– KJ

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