With hair styling, it’s important to have realistic expectations. A super twist out on very kinky hair will not look exactly the same as a twist out on a curlier texture, and that’s okay. Just do your best, follow these 10 steps, and rock your twist out as your hair decides and humidity allows!
1. Best Results
For best results, start on clean, well moisturised and properly conditioned hair.
2. Choose Your Products Wisely
This one depends on you. My hair takes 24-48 hours to fully dry, so I try my best to avoid products that require application to soaking wet hair. Curl puddings and curl enhancing creams take a while to dry and fully absorb for me too. I’ve found that to style MY hair, hair mousse & hair butters are the easier way to go, they help with definition, and they dry fast.
3. Detangle Well
It’s good to detangle your hair very well for a twist out, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be done with a comb or brush. Thorough finger detangling is good too.
4. Secure Your Roots
You may want to try starting each twist as a braid or a flat twist, to properly hold and stretch your roots. Having secured your roots with the braid, you can now divide the middle section into two and continue as a twist. As you twist, smooth your sections with your fingers, and twist tightly.
5. Don’t Borrow Hair, Give It A Twirl
When you get towards the end of a twist and it starts to get thinner, resist the urge to borrow hair from another section. This will result in frizz when you take the twist down. When hair gets too thin to twist, twirl the twist around your finger, or if you have longer hair, you could roll the ends on a perm rod.
6. Let It Dry
All done, cover your hair with your satin bonnet or scarf and go to sleep. Let hair dry overnight or sit under a hooded dryer if you really have to.
7. Gently Take It Down
Make sure your hair is completely dry before you unravel the twists or all your hard work will be in vain. Oil your hands to prevent frizz and carefully loosen each twist.
8. Separation Is Key
At this point, you have chunky twist-out sections, you aren’t done yet. Take each section and stretch gently. When you do this, you will see that each section naturally pulls apart into even smaller sections. Separate them. Separating along the natural lines is what really creates the style.
To cover up scalpy spaces, use an Afro pick at the roots to fluff.
10. Work It!
Wear your twist out as is, or style it with the aid of hair combs, and hair pins. If your twist out didn’t come out as planned, don’t give up. Practice makes perfect, it’s by trying that you refine your technique. Plan B: Pull it up into a puff, or do a roll, tuck & pin style!