Saturday, 5 April 2014

End Papers - Yay Or Nay?

Hi guys! I do love my old twist-out but now that my hair is a bit longer I've decided to become a bit more adventurous style-wise. I thought I 'd try something with a little more va-va-voom, so I decided to try out a Twist & Curl! There's also been a bit of hoo-ha about end papers and whether they're any use so I decided to test them out, and being the poor student that I am, I found a suitable alternative that is in your kitchen cupboard - greaseproof paper!

The perm rods have tiny bumps on them which sometimes grab on to strands of my hair so I first wrapped all of the rods in paper for protection.

I twisted about three quarters of the way down the twist and then rolled the endpapers on to the end of the twists on the left side of my. All the twists on one half (in the picture I am facing you so it's the right side) have endpapers on the actual end of the twist. The other half have the untwisted ends left bare (in the pictures the left side) and I wrapped them around the paper covered rod. The side without end papers took me about 30 minutes to do. Putting the end papers around the twist was quite fiddly and difficult at first so it took about 20 minutes longer to do that side, but once I got the hang of it it wasn't too bad. It ended up taking an hour and half to put 24 twists in my hair.

My L side
My R side

When I finished the twists

 I then left them to dry overnight and the next morning removed the rods...

Removing the perm rods from my left side

R side with no rod
L side with no papers

So the left side with the end papers was a lot sleeker than the R side and had better curl definition. After I had removed all of the rods and before I had separated, this is what my hair looked like:

Then I separated the pieces (I split each segment into two or three) and fluffed out my roots, here is the end result:

Both ways have their pros and cons. I would say that with end papers you get much more curl definition but it's a lot more fiddly to put on the papers so takes longer to do. On the other hand without end papers you sacrifice curl definition and end up with a fluffy airy 'fro look but obviously it's quicker to do as it's less fiddly. Of course you could just have fewer twists which would significantly cut down your time.

I prefer the fluffier look (but then again I'm quite lazy and want everything to be done asap). The style lasted for about one week before I had to put it in a puff, however the curl definition at the ends really lasted, it remained for about 9 days.

I'll probably be doing this again and I'll film a tutorial so I can show you guys exactly how I did it.

Maz xx

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