The Evolution of the Perfect Twistout

December 25, 2017

I have been using the same twist out method for over 2 years now because it’s practically fool-proof. It’s the best proven method to get the most curl definition and the least amount of frizz.

The Foundation

Personally, I think all twist outs and wash-and-go’s look best on freshly deep conditioned hair. Under a dryer for 20 minutes is my weekly routine. My hair always feels silky smooth and soft from the moisturizing conditioner. I also like to add organic honey and some EVOO into my conditioner as well.

Here are some of my favorite deep conditioners:

You also want to use a good leave-in conditioner to make sure your hair stays moisturized for as long as you plan to keep your twists. My twist outs, using this method, can last up to 5-7 days. The creamier the leave-in, the more weighed down your hair will be. I suggest using a lighter cream LIC if you have highly porous type 4 hair like me.

Here are some of my favorite leave-in conditioners:

I always seal with a thick oil, like castor oil (not Jamaican Black) or olive oil. Jojoba and almond oil work, too.

Shea butter is my favorite styling product because it’s the best product to help retain moisture, but it can weigh your hair down a lot. Some creamier stylers are great at preventing dryness and not weighing the hair down as much.

Here are some of my favorite twist out stylers:

Twisting Your Hair

When I twist my hair, first, I set my part. Then, I split my hair into 3 sections-two in the front, one in back.

For a middle part, I do about 5 flat twists in each section, but I do not part my hair in horizontal or vertical flat twist sections… I use large square sections, as if I were doing chunky two-strand twists, instead. This will make sure that your twist out is not too uniform and helps to create more volume. You can vary the number of flat twists in each front section depending on where your part is, but make sure that your sections are similar in size.

For the back section, I part my hair horizontally about 2 times, making 3 wide sections. I make smaller flat twists in each horizontal section, trying to keep them around the same size as the sections in the front. They usually end up being a little smaller, but thats okay.

Here is the final product:

May your twists always be juicy 💦 Even in these colder months ❄️ It’s still averaging 70 degrees here in NOLA 😥 but I know the cold is upon us in different states! My natural ladies, when you’re doing a #twistout, it’s best to let your hair dry a little before adding your styling product so your hair won’t be wet all day. I use a liquid spray #leaveinconditioner after towel blotting my freshly washed hair, let it air dry for 30 mins, then add a dab of cream-based LIC in my LOC method . . . #naturalhair #twostrandtwists #naturalhairstyles #fallhairstyles #fallhaircare #winterhaircare #hair #naturalhairblogger #threestrandtwists #juicytwists #ptotectivestyles #melanin #flattwists #myhaurcrush #holidayhairstyles

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The Takedown

  1. Before I take down any types of twists or braids, I always make sure to coat them in hair oil to prevent any frizz from my dry fingers. I also add a little extra on my hands for good measure.

2. I unravel the twists, starting at the root and being mindful not to disturb the ends.

3. After all the twists are undone, I look for larger pieces of twist and carefully separate them into smaller ones. I feel around the root to see if it naturally separates in any way. If it doesn’t, I DO NOT separate it because it will cause unwanted frizz

You can stop here, but to get more volume, keep reading. After this point, you will  incur some frizz.

4. I pick out my hair using my hands. I stick my fingers at the roots of my hair, then I rub my roots and run my hands about halfway through using a side-to-side motion. I never go all the way to my ends, only the roots.

I stopped using comb picks because they were causing my hair to break. Even though I thought i was using them safely, I would still hear snaps every other second. So I’m sticking to finger picking for now!

And then voila! You’re Done !

The evolution of a defined, frizz-free twist out 🌹 . . I have bee doing the same twistout routing for over 2 years. I do small flat twist sections instead of individual two-strand twists. It’s the only method that gives me the most definition and the least amount of frizz: 1. I rub olive oil on my twists before taking them out. 2. I carefully separate each section with my hands still coated in olive oil. 3. After separating, I look for larger pieces and separate them into smaller ones, trying to prevent frizz as much as possible. 4. I create volume by fluffing my roots with my fingers and gently pulling towards mynends without actually combing all the way through. Then voila! The perfect twistout . . #naturalhair #naturalhairstyles #teamnatural #twistout #twostrandtwists #flattwists #flattwistout #frizzfree #curldefinition #type4hair #naturalhaircommunity #naturallycurly #naturallyshesdope #naturalhairrocks #naturalhairdoescare

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Maintaining Your Twistout

Twist outs are a great style if you like to moisturize your hair everyday. My nightly routine to maintain my twist outs is to spritz my scalp with water, then follow with a moisturizing oil.

Here are some of my favorite moisturizing scalp oils:

I also like to  band my hair to prevent shrinkage. I band it in two front sections, one section in the crown, and two sections back sections. I repeat this every night until wash day. Banding also helps prevent tangling while you sleep.

Here’s my Youtube video on my twist out formula, from start to finish:

Merci Beaucoup !Thanks for reading! I hope you learned something new!

Have any suggestions to improve my routine? Let me know in the comments!

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By J'Nai

Born & raised in New Orleans. Natural hair and beauty enthusiast. Part-time mixologist. Future Medical Professional.

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