Naturals are no stranger to the flexibility and versatility their textures allow for. Whether you are fully natural, transitioning, or recently did a big chop, twists are a popular protective style that can create uniformity throughout your hair.
Kinky twists can be worn in many different ways. More than that, once unraveled, it can create a beautiful bouncy halo of curls with their own personality. Here is the know-how and inspiration you need to get started.
Twist out is a hairstyle you get once you unravel your twists, so it only depends on whether you aim at one of twist hairstyles or a perfect twist out in the first place. Even though getting the best of two worlds is a great idea too.
Here is how to do a twist out step by step:
Step 1: Begin on freshly washed and conditioned hair. You can begin twists on both damp or dry hair. Starting with damp hair will give you high definition but less elongation. By twisting dry hair, you get the opposite: less definition and more elongation.
Step 2: All hair must be properly detangled before starting any twist set. To prevent or deal with knots:
Step 3: Apply the products of your choice and re-wet if necessary. Section your hair and start twisting. To create a single strand twist aka finger coils, use corner of the comb to hook the hair from the roots and twist it around your finger down the length of hair until finished.
For two-strand twists, take a section of hair and split it into two pieces. Holding both pieces securely from the top, begin wrapping each piece one over the other, forming a rope. Continue to twist as you work your way down the length of the hair and finish by finger coiling the ends or adding a perm rod to prevent ends from unraveling.
Step 4: Allow to fully dry before unraveling! This is very important because even the tiniest bit of dampness will cause frizz. Add a few drops of oil for additional shine if necessary.
Step 5: Unravel coils by twisting them it in the opposite direction and retwist using smaller sections, depending on the ultimate volume you want to get.
You may also keep the look organic by skipping clean sectioning and using hair pick to fluff hair at the roots as pictured below:
While many of us may focus mostly on getting the technique down, the products you choose to make are just as important for keeping the longevity of your style. The right products can reduce drying time, enhance shine and still keep a soft flexible hold we aim at.
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing your favorite products is to maintain your hair’s moisture level – i.e., stay away from using any products that will dry out your hair. Using any of these 5 products will help you achieve the perfect twist-out set:
Inspired to give it a try? Browse to the best ideas and styling tips and go on to experiment with various ways to twist out your natural hair.
For those less concerned with the definition and looking for a more natural voluminous style, recreate this look by using a hair pick to lift roots and continue to separate twists for the desired amount of frizz.
Just because your rope twists are drying doesn’t mean you can’t style them while you wait. For this look, take a small section from the hairline and twist and pin to form a jumbo twisted side bang. You can choose to wear this style for a few days or undo twists once hair has completely dried.
Flat twists are a great protective style and quicker to do than singular strand twists. Nonetheless, untwisting flat twists will give you both curls definition and stretch. To create this look, split hair down the center and form a single flat twist on either side of the head. Tie off the ends with small elastics and add gold rings for embellishment for a beautiful look days before untwisting.
If you’re blessed with long tresses, this look can be worn with just a few chunky flat twists that are packed with shine. And the great thing about wearing these twists? Once these chunky twists are undone, your hair will result in a voluminous twist out style to rock for the next 3-5 (or more) days!
For a beautiful, hi-definition twist out on bob length hair, be sure to gently undo twists without separating the ends too much to create frizz. Part hair on the side and separate into two, then tie rubber bands to create single strand flat twists and finish with gold cuffs.
This is the perfect style for making a bold statement with your look. Begin by parting hair on both sides to create two chunky flat twists and secure with an elastic or bobby pin. Using a hair pick, lift roots on the front center section to create height and pin to secure. Finish by lifting the roots with a hair pick in the back until you achieve the desired volume.
Twist outs and pop of color are splendid ways to enhance TWA haircut. The steps of creating twist outs on short hair are basically the same. Still, the results are best when you start with damp hair. Apply a good amount of styling mousse or twisting cream to each section and allow to fully dry before unraveling.
This twist out gives a warm summery feel with the perfect color and natural highlights. To achieve this look, part hair on the side and fluff roots with a comb or hair pick to achieve natural volume and lift.
This fun look is a great way to sport volume while keeping hair out of your face. Begin by parting hair down the center and create two flat twists on either side of the head. Secure with a hair elastic or scrunchie to create pigtails and fluff.
This perfect twist out is a great balance of volume and definition on medium length hair. To achieve this look, carefully undo twists and add a few drops of custom hair oil for natural shine.
No matter where you are in your natural hair journey, perfecting a twist out style is a great way to switch up your look without any damage. For more tips on natural hair and good living, follow me on Instagram @honoryourfaith.