5 Tips for Soft, Defined Twist Outs

5 tips for soft defined twist outs
When I decided to transition to natural, twist outs were one of things I was most looking forward to trying out. My first twist out was faaaarrrrrr from cute. I felt like a walking chia pet and refused to leave my apartment that day. But as the old adage goes, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

Getting the hang of twist outs has been an upward battle but they’ve become my go-to style. Here are 5 things I’ve picked up along the way that have helped improve me improve my two strand results.

1. Start with damp or nearly wet hair

I get the most definition when I do my two-strand twists on hair that’s pretty damp, borderline wet hair. Downside? I have to plan for a little longer drying time to ensure my hair dried completely overnight.

2. Use a styling product that provides soft, but strong hold

My favorite styling product for twist outs (thus far) is Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (used for twist out on the left), with Entwine Couture Creme Jelle Styler coming up as a close second (used for twist out the right).

3. Lock in moisture for lasting softness

For years, moisturizing and sealing with an oil or serum was my bread and butter for maintaining moisturized hair but I was a little slow in realizing I could (and should) seal in my leave-ins and stylers for softer twist outs.

4. Do not rush the twist

How you do your two-strand or three strand twist matters. A neat twist = more uniform twist out texture… well to me at least.  In the beginning I’d rush my twists, grabbing uneven strands causing the twist to bunch in some parts or puff in others.

I’ve learned I get the best twists when I start with even strands, begin twisting right at the root, and then just do my best to keep my twists even all the way to the end.

5. Instead of separating the unraveled twists, gently pull down the section to fluff and add volume

After many a failed twist out, ruined by separating my unraveled twists, I’ve learned that a simple tug goes a long way. Rather than splitting your unraveled twists, gently pull down on each section, running them through your fingers as you do (apply a light oil to your fingers first) to help add fluff out your twists.

One the left: result after separating my unraveled twists. On the right: results from tugging down to fluff.

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17 Comments

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  2. Very helpful ideas! THank you

  3. Can I used coconut oil instead of Vitamin E oil on my twists? Just curious. I am just starting the twist out hairstyle. My hair is greying so there are different textures.
    Thank You

  4. Love your hair and enjoyed this post. It didn’t work for me this go around, but I am linking it on my blog for others and I will try it again especially as my hair gets longer (if it gets longer) 🙂

  5. I am yet to achieve a full twist out, however flat twist outs are my friends from friendland! oh yeah! these tips apply to both I would imagine as I can put a stamp on 4 out of 5, but only because separation isn’t required for flat twists, they do that on their own by their nature. I would keep it in mind when I pull the twist out card.
    BTW | #haircrush

  6. Before I began embracing “big”hair (I love it now), I would apply Bobby pins to my roots around the edges so that they wouldn’t puff out and frizz. Also, you can mix your cream with a little ecostyle gel to prevent your hair from frizzing during the humid months. I hope this helps!

  7. I have short hair in the back since i cut it. Can i still do this?

  8. So you now seal in your leave in and Styler for moisture with oil or ??

    1. Author

      With either serum or oil. OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage serum or OGX Vitamin E Oil

  9. Jen, you are the QUEEN of twist outs!!! Thanks so much for these tips especially for those of us *ahem…cough ME cough cough* that are on the struggle twist out wagon. Do you have any tips on how to keep your ends from frizzing in twist outs?

    KLP @ http://www.savingourstrands.com

    1. Author

      *Blushes* Girl stahp!!!! For frizz-free ends, what I’ve found works best is to apply a smidge of styler when I get to the last inch, finish twisting, and then I twirl the end around my finger 4 or 5 times so that it curls.

  10. Your hair is so lush, I love it.
    My hair doesn’t dry overnight so, styling on dry hair- or damp hair that’s closer to dry, gives me better curly results!

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