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Your Guide to the perfect twist out: A Step-by-Step Guide

 

We always hear how high-maintenance natural hair is and how much effect is required for styling, but is that really so? Because a cute twist-out begs to differ, and before you argue, we have a step-by-step guide to prove you otherwise! Are you ready to get into some haircare, define some curls, and look all sorts of cute? Let’s get into it.  

What exactly is a twist-out? For those who’ve been living in questionable disconnection from the natural hair community, essentially a ‘twist out’ is a protective style achieved by creating twists in damp hair using single-strand, two-strand, or flat twists. The twist-out is one of the easiest protective natural hairstyles.  

 

In this article, we’ll give you a guide to achieving the perfect twist-out in seven easy steps! 

 

Step 1: Start with Clean, Detangled Hair 

 

All good styling stories start with clean hair, and this one is no different. Start by washing your hair with either a moisturising or clarifying shampoo and conditioner to remove product buildup and ensure your hair is clean and hydrated.  

 

After washing, you need to gently detangle your hair. You can start first with your fingers and then move onto a wide-tooth comb.  

 

Step 2: Apply a Leave-In Conditioner 

Apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner to your damp hair to provide moisture and enhance curl definition. This also adds additional moisture to your hair. Focus on the ends of your hair, where it tends to be drier, and work the conditioner through your strands evenly. When it comes to leave-in conditioner, more is more.  

Step 3: Section Your Hair 

Divide and conquer! This is when you decide on your twist out curl size. You will part your hair into small or medium sections using hair clips, ribbons, or whatever you have to keep your hair in place. The size of each section will depend on your hair density and desired curl size. Smaller sections will result in tighter curls, while larger sections will create looser curls. You got it? Good.  

 

Step 4: Twist Your Hair 

Now it's time to twist your hair! Starting at the roots, twist each section of hair tightly around itself until you reach the ends. For added definition, smooth each twist with your fingers as you go. Continue twisting until all sections of your hair are twisted. 

Step 5: Allow Your Hair to Dry 

Once all of your hair is twisted, allow it to air dry. Avoid touching or manipulating your twists while they dry to prevent frizz and to maintain definition. 

Step 6: Unravel Your Twists 

Once your hair is completely dry, it's time to get untwisted! (See what we did there?) Gently unravel each twist in the opposite direction of the twist to prevent frizz and to maintain curl definition. Use a small amount of oil or serum on your fingertips to help separate and fluff your curls as needed. 

 

Step 7: Fluff and Style 

Finally, fluff and style your hair to your liking! Use a pick or wide-tooth comb to gently lift and separate your curls for added volume and definition. You can also use your fingers to shape and sculpt your curls into your desired style. 

To prolong the life of your twist out, pineapple your hair at night by gathering it into a loose, high ponytail or bun and securing it with a satin scarf or bonnet. In the morning, refresh your curls with a spritz of water or leave-in conditioner and fluff as needed. 

And that’s it! You are ready to get twisted ;)  

With love, your hair doctor! 

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