Sometimes I forget that not everyone does twist out’s all the time. There are TONS of transitioners out here who need to know the BASICS of how to achieve the best twist out possible. For a full tutorial on how I do my twist out’s check out this video: Flat twist out tutorial
1. Use the best products for your hair texture. This is clearly easier said than done. Black hair has many different textures and it can be difficult to figure out what works best for your hair especially if you’re new to the natural game. My advice is to try several products with different consistencies to see which one gives you the best results. For example, try creamier products like Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Miss Jessies Curly Pudding or Jane Carter Nourish and Shine. Also try wetter products that are more mouse based such as Nairobi Wrapping lotion, Jane Carter Wrap and Roll or Argan Oil Foaming Wrap Lotion. By trying out these different products you will see a multitude of results and pick which product works best for you. *My favorite is Nairobi Wrapping Lotion (I get the most defined, long lasting twist out when using this product)
2. Size matters when preparing your twists. Depending on what type of twist out you’re doing the size of the twists can drastically alter your results. My favorite type of twists to do on my hair are flat twists. I feel as though I get the best, most natural looking results with this technique. If using the flat twist method you must be conscious of the size of your twist. Smaller twists will give you more defined coils and bigger twists will give you a chunkier more wavy look. I love both looks, just depends on what you’re going for. For more information on flat twists, refer to the aforementioned tutorial before tip #1.
3. The longer your leave twists in the better. I know patience is something that a lot of us naturals lack because we want instant results (I know I do!) But the KEY to a BOMB twist-out is leaving it in as long as possible. The best twist out is usually achieved if twists are left in over night. I know this sounds crazy, but trust me your hair will thank you later.
4. Another secret to getting great twist out results is heat activation. I don’t know about you, but my hair loves the hooded blow dryer. The heat from the blow dryer locks the twist into place and sets it giving better results the next day. Because I use wrapping lotion most of the time for my twist outs I tend to sit under the dryer for at least 45 minutes because wrapping lotion works best with heat activation.
5. Take care of your twists at night. If you are sleeping with your twists in over night to take them down the next day be sure to protect your hair with a silk scarf. This will help to lock in moisture and prevent frizz during the take down process.
6. During the take down process oil is your best friend. Most people who take down their twists don’t use oil on the twists while taking them down. If oil is not used there will be tons of frizz and the twist out won’t last as long. Be sure to use some type of coconut oil, olive oil or argan oil during the take down process. Simply, use about two dime size amounts of oil for the entire head. Gently applying the oil on the twists individually before unravelling.
7. Be sure to unravel twists gently going in the opposite direction of the original twist; this will make the take down process a breeze!
Here are some pics of dope twist outs that will give you a little inspiration!
*Pictures from one of my favorite tumblr blogs: http://hi-imcurrentlyobsessed.tumblr.com/
Hope this helps! Drop any questions below!!