Reader Q&A: Blogger CurlyNikki on Creating Volume for Twist-Outs

Blogger Curly Nikki explains how to add volume to your natural hair.

Calling all naturalistas: Do you have urgent tress questions? If so, you're in luck. Every Thursday, natural hair blogger extraordinaire CurlyNikki will be solving your curly hair conundrums!

Check out this week's installment in CurlyNikki's reader Q&A series:


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What’s the best technique for fluffing your hair after doing a braid/twist-out for extra volume? I don’t want to over-fluff and cause frizz! -- Jenna


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I’ve come to the realization that allowing my hair to ‘just be’ allows it to fluff up naturally with minimal frizz. The day after my styling session (usually a Twist-n-Curl), I remove the curlers and gently unravel the twists. Since the twists are so chunky, I sometimes break them apart to help it look more natural, but that’s all I do . . . no finger combing, picking or massaging the roots. This no-fluffing routine gets me to four-day hair, which I greatly appreciate.

The problem is that my hair is fine, and walking around for a day with a flat Twist-n-Curl drives me insane—it’s scalpy, and overly defined. However, come Day Two, its twice as big, still chunky, defined and frizz free!

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There are times when I need it to be the three F’s (funky, fabulous, and fly) on Day One, so I do the following:

What about you? How do you fluff? Tell me in the comments area below!

Nikki "CurlyNikki" Walton is a psychotherapist and creator of the largest online natural hair resource. Along with tips and product recommendation, Walton also implements her psychotherapy skills in the sub-section "On the Couch with Curly Nikki."

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