Photography by Kenya Story Media
Twist outs are the most beautiful hairdos (or one of the best) on natural hair if done properly. When I did the Big Chop three years ago, I really longed for the time my hair would look great in twist outs. Last year, my hair was doing quite well and I actually did a video showing my twist outs using Raw Shea Butter and that is the last time I loved my twist outs….till this week 😉 A few tips have helped a long the way and why not share so that we can slay together? 😉
- Ensure your hair is clean.
Whether you are twisting for the first time or re-twisitng, ensure your hair is clean so that you get clean/clear curls free from dirt, dandruff etc.
2. An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
If you have been using several products on your hair, ensure that you rinse your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar after washing so that you can restore your hair’s ph. This rinse will ensure that the curling cream/product you will use for your twist outs works through your hair at its best since you will have dealt with product build up.
3. Moisturise your hair
Ensure your hair is moisturised before you start. Whether you are starting on freshly washed hair, or stretched hair, ensure you moisturise your hair before you start. You can always spritz some water as you go along 😉 or use a good leave in conditioner. I used Saru Organics Leave in Conditioner which is a great moisturiser and styling lotion, all in one 🙂
4. Trim you ends.
For perfect and bouncy twist outs, trim your ends when you need to. That way your twist outs will be bouncier and healthier.
5. Use the correct products for curl definition
Well, you are looking for defined twist outs. Invest in a good curling cream that will help you in achieving a great definition. Check out the for flax seeds, shea butter etc in the ingredients section. For this particulr twist outs I used “Texture my Way” which is one of my favourite products as it softens my hair and is affordable. If you are in Kenya, you can buy one from Super Cosmetics, Koinange Street. But if you watched my video here, you know that Raw Shea Butter works perfectly well too 😉
6. Use enough product.
Most of us go wrong on this one. Either we apply too much product or too little. So when working your curling cream ensure you work it along your hair section by section. I basically put the product on my hand then “massage” or work it along the hair strands to allow it to penetrate the stands. Using the correct amount will prevent flaking.
Ensure your detangle each section before you twist to get a smoother finish and avoid knots.
10. Secure your ends with perm rods.
I just discovered that my twist outs look better when the ends are secured with permrods than without. It is optional but I am definitely going to use them more and more.
11. Give them time to dry
It’s good to allow 4-6 hours of drying for greater definition. If you unravel before they dry, the curls won’t be quite defined and they won’t last longer. So just be patient if you dont want to step in the drier.
12. Use the proper technique
Ensure you twist properly i.e. for each section, part your hair into two and using the two sections twist closely as you pull your hair down. Loose twists will not give you enough definition. Check out here how I do my twists.
13. Don’t ‘over-unravel’
While unravelling, as much as you want volume, don’t over do it on the first day. You can keep unravelling on the second day but its important to not over-do it. Otherwise you will loose your definition.
14. Use and afro-pik comb to lift the strands
You can watch how I do that here with my bantu knots but the same applies with twist outs. The metallic afro pick is cut-clear and will gently conceal the parted sections as you lift the strands. Plastic combs just dont work as well as the metallic afro comb.
15. Use some oil when unravelling
Its good to rub some coconut oil/or jojoba oil (or whatever you prefer) on you hands before proceeding to unravel. This will help minimize frizz.
Well, that sums up my essential steps to bomb twist outs. What other tips would you give someone? Has this post helped you? I would love to hear from you on the comment section 😉
Till Next Time,
keep it curly and defined 😉