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August 6, 2010

Twist and Turn Two Strand Twists- Natural Hair Style

Shelli teaches us how to create twists that resemble spirally locs!


Disclaimer for your readers:
If you decide to do this style and keep it in as long as I, you must have patience, be gentle and prepare for a long detangling session. I typically shed a lot of hair, have noticed more lately (hence the protective style choice) and had a large hairball after detangling. However, as I didn't do my hair for two weeks and the strands were shed and not breaking, I didn't freak out.


Okay, so here we go...

  • Shampoo and/or co-wash. I used DevaCare Low Poo because I had some product build up and I co-washed/detangled with Herbal Essence Hydralicious (I think).
  • Section hair into four, and clip. I created two sections in the front and two in the back (parting from ear to ear and selected style part from front of forehead and parted to middle of nape of neck).
  • Start with the left front section. I raked about a quarter size amount of DevaCare One Conditioner through the section first and then a similar amount of Aveda Defining Whip.
  • Use a metal rat-tail comb to make a half moon like section for the twist and oil scalp with JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil-- my new holy grail product). Next time, I'll probably just make my style part and do freestyle sections with fingers. Clipped remainder of section out of the way.
  • To create the twist, separate the section of hair into two pieces. Twist EACH piece, SEPARATELY, counter-clockwise a few times, close to the scalp. Then, take the two pieces and twist them together clockwise while continuing the counter clockwise twisting motion with the separate sections of the twist. So, this creates a rope like effect and a tighter twist.
  • Repeat this prior step for the remainder of the section and repeat for the remaining three sections. I re-wet my hair with Infusium 23 as my hair has started drying a lot more quickly due to henna, I believe. However, after a bit, I started worrying about the "cones" in the Infusium 23. So, I stopped with that, and started using a new concoction I created based upon a lot of information I've found on CurlyNikki! It's a mix of distilled water, Aloe Vera Juice/Gel (the edible kind), a tbsp of JBCO, some DevaCare One Conditioner and a little lavender oil (I call it WAJD).
  • Once all the twists are complete, spray a little more of my concoction and some Elasta QP Silk Design spray for setting power on the ends and sealed with JBCO. Then, I set the ends on those "plushy" type fabric rollers using end papers.
  • Sit under the dryer for about 30 minutes to an hour. I only did this because I'm impatient and couldn't wait to see the results. However, you could easily allow to dry overnight.
  • Unroll the rollers and go to bed with twists pulled into a low ponytail secured with a satin scrunchie and a scarf tied around my head.
  • The next morning, the twists were thin and my head was looking "scalpy." So, I styled the twists into an updo by pulling the ponytail a little higher, wrapping it around the scrunchie one time with the ends toward the top and securing the loose ends with one or two of those "doobie" bobby pins below the curls. I then adorned with a faux flower.
Two Strand Twists Updo:


  • At some point during the first week, I did wet my whole head in the shower in an attempt to make the twists "plump." It worked a little, but not enough for me to wear my hair down. I oiled my scalp and sealed my ends with JBCO every couple of days after spritzing my ends with the above Water/Aloe/JBCO/Deva concoction.
  • However, after work on Day 10, I untwisted my twists and went to bed with a low ponytail and scarf.
  • On the morning of Day 11, I took down the ponytail and sprayed my hair with my WAJD spritz, sealed the ends with JBCO and voila!! These are the results! The separated twists plumped up beautifully!!! I was pleasantly surprised as I wasn't really expecting to have a second style, let alone one I really loved!

Two-strand twist out:

So, I ended up with very defined, "piecey," spirally locs and very little "scalpiness!!" I spritzed and sealed every day and wore through Day 15. I think if I hadn't been playing in my hair so much, spritzed it so much and had tied it up a little better, I might have gotten a few more days out of it. But, I was ready to take it out to henna anyway.

I hope you enjoy this and find it useful!!!

Thanks Nikki!

Shelli

32 Chime in!:

Shones said...

This is such a lovely do. I thought you were perhaps loc'ed! Amazing that you achieved that same look with a twist out.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the end result after you've taken them down! This would be a great way to start off locs. I twist my hair a lot and even without twisting the separated hair counter clockwise first, my hair would come out in spirals like that if I wet my hair while the twists were in. But good job!

Anonymous said...

WoW what a pretty outcome. That is a style that I want to try.

Anonymous said...

Wow...LOVE this look! I really want to try it, but I just wish somebody else could do it for me! LOL! Honestly, this is a good protective style...may try it out!

Natural83

Anonymous said...

LOVE THIS POST. THANK YOU SO MUCH. LIVE, LOVE, PEACE. ~SWEETSOP

Anonymous said...

Thanks all!! Natural83, I completely understand! I wish someone else would do it for me too! I'm in a braid out now because I didn't feel like tackling this again this week!

Would love to see your results if any of you give this a try!

Thank you=)!

Shelli

Anonymous said...

DOES THIS WORK ON TWA'S?

MissCurly said...

Wow this looks lovely. Your hair looks nice and soft. This seems like a great style to try, gives you a nice lil break from daily maintenance.

I may try this because I've been real lazy with my hair lately. It's too hot to be bothered lol.

Thanks for this post!

julia said...

I am literally YEARS away from being able to successfully pull this off how I'd like to (I'm just 5 months into growing out my hair from about 1/4") . This makes me so happy because, although I've been natural this time for ~9 years I had locs for 7 which I just cut off this past April.


It'll be nice to get that loc look without the commitment later on.

OloriOba said...

oh wow!! This is really cute. In Nigeria (where I'm from) this is what we call Senegalese twists and we do it with synthetic hair. I do this on my own hair every 3 to 4 months or so. It is really a good protective style. Looks really good! Good job!!

Keisha said...

Can you did a video tutorial of this style please?

Dania [♥] said...

I love this style! I can't wait till my hair reaches that length... I'll see how it works on my short hair. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I would love to try this style it is so pretty and you can do a lot with it.I need someone to do this for me!

Anonymous said...

Love your hair!I wish I could do this style, but I think I'd better let a professional try this one. LOL A million kudos to you for doing this style yourself!!

kisha said...

i will be giving this a try! it almost looks like u coil the divided pieces then 2 strand them together **scratching head**

Anonymous said...

Beautiful hair, but I'm very confused by the directions on how to do the twists... sounds like something that needs to be seen in order to understand.

MsSassyHair said...

this is a wonderful style. Would love to try it. It would be nice if you did a how-to video :-)

Dr. Heather said...

I am confused, too...would love to see a video. Beautiful hair!

beautiful said...

Gorgeous , Does she have a fotki account?

Anonymous said...

Hi all. Shelli here. Thank you all for your kind comments!!!!! I've been stalking the post to see if anyone was interested and commented=). In regards to whether I have a fotki account, no I don't. Sorry. I've had natural hair for about 10 years, but just discovered CN.com a few months ago and became addicted! I'm just a newbie to the web community of naturalhairistas=). Also, I'm not too high tech and actually don't have a computer right now. I use my BB for the photos and when I can get to a computer, I post a comment on CN.com now and again. So, won't be able to do a video tutorial, at least not any time soon. HOWEVER, I can provide a video of someone else!!! I found this technique on youtube searching for info about twists. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs2ZAlyCwt8&feature=channel. The braider is using synthetic hair, but you can obviously do this on your own hair.

OloriOba gave the proper name for this twist style/technique: Sengalese twists. I did see that, but forgot. Looking at the video again, I may have done them a little wrong. But, hey!! it worked out okay!! LOL!!

As to doing this on a TWA, I think it depends on how long your hair is. If it's under an inch, you could probably just coil instead. I think this style would look great on chin length to shoulder length hair, especially if your hair is thicker than mine. My hair is fine and not that curly anymore. I do sometimes wish I had tighter coils (like my sister!), so that it would shrink and poof more! But, as everyone says, love your own hair and texture. Although the twists looked anorexic, I loved how it looked once untwisted.

Oh, and one correction!! I didn't use HE Hydralicious!! I have that one, but it's conerific!! LOL!! So, I only used it once. I co-washed with HE Hello Hydration. I prefer HH to Totally Twisted, though TT works well too.

Okay, hope that helps and thanks again=)!

Milapoo said...

This is really cute! i want to try it! LP

Sweetdrk1 said...

Beautiful!!!

chisellecouture said...

Yeah those are actually called senegalese twists

Miss Mafia said...

I absolutely love this style!

CocoDreamee said...

This is such a gorgeous style!! I cant wait to try it!! :) thanks so much for sharing

Monique said...

What are the estimated amounts for your concoction? You stated "tbsp of JBCO" is there any other suggested amounts? Or pretty much whatever works for you. I actually have not tried any of the products so this is all new to me.
Water/Aloe/JBCO/Deva concoction

Anonymous said...

Hi Monique,

I'd guess if you had an 12 oz bottle, my ration is something like 4 oz water, 4 oz aloe gel, 2 oz conditioner and one tbsp of JBCO, plus a drop or two of lavender essential oil. However, I think you should adjust for what works best for you. I just took a stab at this reading the information on this blog. I might adjust with more aloe gel or try glycerin at some point and see how that works out for me. Hope that helps!

Shelli

Monique said...

Thank you so much soooooo much. I can't wait to try this. OH yeah your hair is absolutely gorgeous.

JazBNatural said...

Hey Shellie, I finally tried this style. Thanks for the idea! You can see the pics on my Fotki album

http://public.fotki.com/JazmineB/november-2010-tons-/

Anonymous said...

Jaz, one, it looked FANTASTIC!!!! Two, you are too darn cute!! You're a real beauty!!

Shelli

Anonymous said...

wow, your twists look amazing!

beantravel said...

these are amazing! how long did it take to twist it up?

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