Flat twist hair has been a go-to style for African American women for generations. However, with today’s trends, these twists have evolved into a multitude of stunning, captivating styles.
Flat Twist Hairstyles
Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to natural hairstyles for longer hair or those with extensions. Twists are an easier alternative to braids, and sometimes these two complement each other for a statement look. Look through our gallery for ideas and inspiration.
#1: Twist into Bun
Flat twist your hair, install extensions and make a large braided bun. Luckily, now you don’t have to wait until your hair grows very long. A thick and full bun is accessible and easy to assemble.
#2: Straight Back Twists
Style hair up and out of your way with these cool twists that vary in width from thin to chunky. You can keep this style in for weeks, making it the perfect choice for summertime.
#3: Elegant and Vintage
If you want to learn how to flat twist on natural hair, this is a good style to start with. Simple and modest, it’s nothing more than a properly placed braid that’s wrapped and secured at the nape of the neck.
#4: Curly Top
Twists don’t have to be rigid or held into one spot – if you want to go with a fun, freeing hairstyle that works well on short hair, try this curly flat twist out ‘do that’s both adorable and easy to maintain.
#5: Twisted and Angled
Twisted hairstyles are a great help in the continuous fight with split ends. Experiment with twists` size, parting, plaiting angle and accessories. Your style will never be boring again!
#6: Gathered and Wrapped
With the back of your hair twisted tightly and symmetrically, you can install extensions for the crown and front sections to get a plentiful updo with strands of attached hair twisted like snakes for a truly sexy and dramatic look of relaxed hair.
#7: Creative Pile Up
When you flat twist your hair, you aren’t limited to one type of braid. As this shows below, with extensions you can “grow” braids from super small at the nape of the neck up to chunky, fuller twists up top.
#8: Color and Shine
If you look at pictures of twisted hair and wonder how they’ve got those amazing looks, the answer is usually found in a professional salon. Work with a stylist to discover what hue will work best for your hair, along with products that will optimize your strands’ shine power.
#9: Twists for Short Hair
If you prefer not to grow your hair long and avoid extensions, there are twist styles that will work well for you. Go with something that moves hair upward, allowing curls to tumble down freely and frame the face.
#10: Flat Twisted Updo
A flat twist updo is adorable and convenient for girls who are active but still want to look beautiful. This can be worked into any hair type, including weaves and natural hair. Keep it in for a day or a week – this is one versatile updo.
#11: Vintage Glam
Take a cue from decades gone by and check out this twist style next time you’re hoping for a whole new look. This will work best with natural hair that’s ready for a change.
#12: Double Strand Twist
Two strand twists are the simplest and quickest style when it comes to flat twisting. Due to the texture of black hair, the twists hold just as well as braids and open up the doors for a variety of both easy and complex looks.
#13: Directional Beauty
Like a garden labyrinth, this is a true standout in the world of flat twist styles. This will need to be done by a professional the first time, but it can quickly become a homegrown style once you get the hang of it!
#14: Big and Bold
Want hair that’s as big and statement-making as your bright, extroverted personality? Then try this hairstyle on for size. With the use of extensions, this piled up collection of twists is gorgeous but also fun.
#15: Schoolgirl Inspired
Who didn’t have this hairstyle at least once as a child? Keep things young and charming with a classic twist style that is easy to maintain and just as fun to wear as it was on the 4th grade playground.
#16: School Marm Chic
Turn-of-the-century ladies knew all the tricks when it came to updos that stayed in place and flattered the face. This is just one of those styles that has truly stood the test of time. The real technique behind this style is an appropriate hair product and a little bit of patience the first few times out.
#17: Color Burst
Flat twist your hair with a pop of honey blonde added to your natural strands. The color spirals upward beautifully and definitely makes a memorable statement that will get heads turning!
#18: Chunky Braid Gathering
Twists can be as thin or thick as you like – this hairstyle is an example of ultra-thick braids that still look pretty enough to wear for a variety of events and occasions. Gather all of the twists at the nape of the neck and work into a secure, modest bun.
#19: Understated Beauty
Flat twist hairstyles don’t need to be wild, crazy or elaborate. Simply twist the sides of your natural hair and pull it into a feminine bun when you need hair out of the way but still looking good.
#20: Timeless Favorite
Since twist styles have been around for generations, it’s not uncommon to see vintage coifs make a comeback on modern day African American women. This is one of those hairstyles that has twisted its way back into a new wave of popularity. It’s simple, charming and appropriate for a very diverse age range.
Flat twist hairstyles are fun to wear and convenient for a variety of reasons – be it work, weather or the desire for a new look. Most salons can produce the more elaborate twist looks, while the simpler ones can be done at home or with a friend. The trick to excellent twisted hair is using a quality hair product and taking the necessary steps to keep hair in the best health possible.