hi, i know i'm like a year late, but i just googled this topic and surprise surprise, bhm came up! which got me so excited because i'm doing an all out twist regimen too. hopefully my regimen can help someone here out. so here goes!
currently my hair's APL full and stretched. nonstretched it's a little past my shoulders, so i don't really have a lotta shrinkage. my goal length coming up is BSL, then MBL, which i'm hoping to reach twelve months hence. Ultimately I'm trying to reach WL in the next 20 to 24 months. And the intention is for me to use minitwists to get me there.
I should be BSL anywhere from between the next four to eight months. Last time i was APL it took me about 5 months to get to solid BSL. I had to cut my hair back to APL because of constantly recurring split ends. it was a 3 inch butch job lol, one that i'd like to not have to repeat, which is why i made the decision to create for myself a comprehensive, thorough minitwist regimen. All it takes is discipline to see it through.
The hardest part of my regimen is the first 5 weeks of the minitwists. I'm currently in the first week.
. The reason it's the hardest is because i don't wash my hair for the first five weeks, which for me is a HUGE stretch because normally i wash my hair once every 4-5 days. I might mist my scalp with water, but since my texture is loose, water causes any style i have to unravel, which is why i go for a month without touching it now that the twists are in. In the meantime, i keep my hair in protective styles as much as i can. Butterfly clips, mainly. And i make sure to moisturize my ends, of course, as needed. I also redo any twists that have unraveled on a weekly basis.
5 wks in (whew! :) and at this point i deep condition. I'm about to start using Mane and Tail because my damaged hair needs protein.
I will undo just one section (probably a fifth of my hair) and though I'll rinse my entire hair in water, no shampoo, the whole of my head will get steamed with conditioner too, but the section that i undo i'll leave out because when my hair dries in fat twists, I'll go back over that section and search and destroy to remove any split ends. Because I'm no longer combing my hair (breaks my hair off) I'm not targeting SSKs, as they only cause problems when i comb them. So all splits removed, I'll then proceed to minitwist my hair anew, to freshen up my look. But again, not doing my whole head because i want as little manipulation as possble, and i tend to get more frustrated with my hair when i don't attack in sections!
I use a locking gel to twist, and usually some of my twists start unraveling after about a week.
which is okay, because for each of the weeks that follow, I"m going to redo just one section at a time. By the time I get to the final section that needs to be redone (usually about four weeks after the last condition treatment) I'll deep condition again, and the cycle begins again. the next week picks up from there, and i basically keep my hair in a constant cycling of protective styles and mini twists
each time i redo a section, i do search and destroy on just that section so that i can be thorough and not miss any splits. So the good thing about this regimen is it's wholistic and realistic, and you don't ever get tired of the twists because they're constantly in a continual state of evolution lol.
so i hope this helps someone. Again, the hardest part of it is going that first month because you have to keep telling yourself to leave your hair alone, but after that it gets easy because you'll be redoing one fifth of your hair every single week that follows from that point on. (which satisfies our craving for HIH syndrome lol hopefully!) and again, you'll not comb it and you won't be shampooing it. So you don't get breakage and you won't get dryness. It's a total win.
I take the twists out altogether once my hair is at my first goal length, of BSL. Then i may post a youtube video up of my regimen and progress, so it'll make a little more sense.