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  • - Hi, my name is Simone Williams

  • and this is how I do my twist out.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Okay, so I've just gotten out of the shower.

  • I washed my hair and I have my four twists in.

  • So while I was in the shower, this is what I used to wash.

  • I use this Mielle Rosemary Mint.

  • It's sulfate-free.

  • It gives you a nice tingle.

  • And it's infused with biotin, which helps with growth.

  • Normally I'm not too consistent with shampoos.

  • This one bottle will last me maybe six months.

  • I use very little shampoo when washing my hair.

  • So we started with this.

  • And then I conditioned with Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Moist.

  • This is my go-to product.

  • If I don't have this product, I don't wash my hair.

  • I started using this

  • when I went to my stylist to cut off my permed ends.

  • This is what she used.

  • And since then I've been using it.

  • So this is one of my favorite products to use in my hair.

  • It just helps with detangling and moisture.

  • So the first thing I'm gonna do

  • out of the shower is wet my hair.

  • I like to make sure that my hair is very wet

  • when styling it.

  • It just makes it easier for me.

  • And I like to start with the back two sections.

  • So I'm just, I'm gonna go ahead

  • and pin these two sections up.

  • I'll save these two for last.

  • (relaxed music)

  • Okay, now that it's nice and wet,

  • I'm gonna separate the twists

  • and apply my products that I'm using today.

  • Oh, I also wanted to let you guys know,

  • so while I'm in the shower,

  • I use a Denman brush like this to detangle,

  • along with the conditioner,

  • and that's the best method for me.

  • So I'll be using this Alaffia Leave-In.

  • It's the Beautiful Curls Curl Activating

  • Leave-In Conditioner.

  • I love this brand 'cause it is plant-based and cruelty-free.

  • Take about this much.

  • And apply it all over.

  • (relaxed music)

  • And next I'll be using Shea Moisture's

  • Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

  • This is another one of my go-tos.

  • This just gives me a lot of definition

  • when I'm doing my twist outs.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Apply a little bit more water. (spray bottle spritzing)

  • Now when I'm out of the shower

  • and detangling my hair like this,

  • I like to use Tangle Teezer's Thick and Curly.

  • This is not their original brush.

  • They have the Thick and Curly version,

  • which has slightly larger and longer bristles.

  • And I feel like it works well in my hair.

  • It's just easier to handle than the Denman.

  • Next, I'm gonna apply a little bit

  • of Aussie's Miracle Coils Stretching Cream.

  • This is with cocoa butter and Australian macadamia nut oil.

  • And it smells really good.

  • I use about this much.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Okay, next I add a little bit of moringa oil.

  • This is by Charm Essentials.

  • This was actually just sent to me by them and I love it.

  • I got this less than a month ago and it's almost done.

  • So I'll just put a little bit in the root.

  • This also helps stimulate growth

  • and it just smells delicious.

  • I really love that.

  • So I'm gonna brush it a little bit more.

  • And then this is the gel I use.

  • So this is by Eco Style and this is their Olive Oil Gel.

  • I found this early on when I started doing my hair.

  • So I was just looking for a gel

  • that would mix well with my other products.

  • And a lot of gels, they cause like flaking

  • and things like that.

  • And this is the gel that actually worked for me.

  • So I've been using it for a very long time.

  • No complaints about it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I use a lot of gel.

  • (upbeat music continues)

  • With natural hair, you always want to start detangling

  • from the ends on up.

  • I'm gonna separate this section into two,

  • and then twist this smaller section first and go to other.

  • So this is a style that I normally do

  • whenever I wash my hair.

  • It just keeps my hair detangled.

  • And if I'm going somewhere,

  • it just helps me to have a nice defined twist out.

  • So here we are.

  • It's just a two-strand twist.

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  • So if I'm not doing a twist out,

  • sometimes I'll do a braid out

  • and that's just a three-strand twist braid

  • and that gives you nice crinkles

  • when you take it out once your hair is dry.

  • But it just takes a little longer.

  • So this is my twist.

  • And then I'm gonna do that to my whole head.

  • Okay, moving on to the second section.

  • So I applied my leave-in,

  • I applied my Curl Enhancing Smoothie and my oil.

  • I'm going to go in with my gel now.

  • I'm gonna add a bit more water and then twist again.

  • (relaxed music)

  • So it took me about nine years

  • to grow out my hair to this length.

  • At about the three-year mark,

  • I cut off my perm and so my fro was like,

  • my hair was maybe this long.

  • And then I had a smaller fro.

  • So even though I'm a Guinness World Record holder,

  • at the moment, I feel like one of my favorite phases

  • for my hair was that shorter length.

  • It was just so manageable.

  • It took less time to dry.

  • I loved it.

  • And like, at that point, when I did decide to cut my hair,

  • there's no way you could have told me

  • that I would be a Guinness World Record holder at all.

  • Like, I was so confused with my natural hair

  • coming from a straight texture,

  • just learning how to deal with it.

  • Some people ask me if I see any difference in myself,

  • like with natural hair versus without.

  • And I definitely would say that it's taught me patience.

  • Situations like that, when you have tangles

  • and just really taking your time to detangle them.

  • like you don't know how bad

  • sometimes I just want to yank them out,

  • but you have to take your time with your hair.

  • So growing up, I had natural hair.

  • Like my mother, she used to do my hair.

  • I can imagine, it was just very thick and unruly,

  • the way it is now, but I love it so much.

  • So when I was around in junior high school,

  • a lot of my friends had straight hair.

  • And like, a lot of the things that I saw in the media.

  • Some of my inspiration for wanting straight hair

  • were artists like Aaliyah or Tia and Tamera Mowry.

  • I convinced my mother.

  • I was like, I have to have straight hair.

  • So she let me perm my hair.

  • And I think it kind of took a lot off of her plate.

  • But I kept my hair straight for about 10 years.

  • And it wasn't until I went to college

  • or after college that I decided to go back natural.

  • Okay, so my back sections are done,

  • and then I'm gonna twist the rest of my hair.

  • (relaxed music)

  • For people just starting out on their natural hair journey

  • or just struggling with the process,

  • I think what worked for me was just having that patience

  • and taking time to understand my hair.

  • I listened to my hair, if that makes sense.

  • For me, I know I have a sensitive scalp,

  • so I didn't manipulate it a lot.

  • And I still don't.

  • Like, once I do these twists,

  • well, normally I'll probably keep them in for a week,

  • but I have something to do today.

  • So I'm probably gonna diffuse them and then let them out.

  • But just very low manipulation styles.

  • I keep my hair in a high pineapple or a high puff

  • a lot of the times, keeping the twists in,

  • keeping it moisturized, just not changing it too much

  • or expecting it to act a certain way

  • because everyone's hair is different.

  • I think earlier on, I would watch YouTube

  • and kind of see other people's hair

  • and kind of expect the same results as them.

  • And then you just have to realize that that's not the case.

  • Now we're in the front.

  • I like to take a little more time with this area

  • 'cause this is the area that's gonna be showing the most.

  • Add a little extra gel

  • and make sure this twist is very defined.

  • (relaxed music)

  • Okay, we're all done.

  • Finally.

  • Now I'm gonna go diffuse for a little bit.

  • My twists are in.

  • Wait till you see where they end up once they're dry.

  • I'll be using my blow dryer on the cool setting.

  • And then I have my diffuser on.

  • So I'm gonna take care of that for a while

  • and then I'll be back with the end results.

  • (relaxed music)

  • Hi, we're back and my hair is fully dry now.

  • So now I'm going to show you the products I put in

  • to separate it and how I style it after my hair is all out.

  • First, I make sure that my hair

  • and my fingers are nice and moisturized.

  • So I'm using EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Manoi Oil.

  • And this this just helps prevent frizz

  • when I'm taking the twists out.

  • So I'm squirting it right into my fingers.

  • And then...

  • Okay, so we added one coat.

  • I'm gonna tie up the front section,

  • and clip it.

  • And I'll start with this back section here.

  • Add a little more oil.

  • (relaxed music)

  • Okay.

  • So my hair is all out.

  • Now I'm gonna show you how I fluff it up

  • and get some more volume, and then style.

  • So I already fluffed out this section.

  • I separated the twists and you can see the difference

  • between this side and this side.

  • So I'm gonna show you what I did here.

  • So you grab a piece of hair and you just separate it.

  • (relaxed music)

  • And the reason we added the oil

  • is so that we can have more volume and less frizz.

  • (relaxed music)

  • I really love how this is coming out.

  • Normally my hair is way, I have way more shrinkage,

  • but I feel like because I used

  • the Miracle Coils Stretching Cream,

  • like, my hair normally is like, at my shoulders.

  • This product is really good.

  • All right, I'm gonna continue to separate off-camera.

  • Okay, let's pin this behind my ear.

  • Just take a bobby pin.

  • I like to take two and make like an X shape

  • so that they stay.

  • Behind the ear.

  • And pin.

  • Pin it in an X shape so it stays.

  • Okay, for the last part.

  • I'm gonna take my edges brush,

  • dip it in a little bit of gel

  • and then just get these front hairs here.

  • My little baby hairs.

  • (relaxed music)