4 Heat Free Ways to Get Super Stretched Hair from Your Twists

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Many naturals prefer twists for stretching hair because they are less time consuming to do and are easy to take out. However, for those who have high shrinkage hair, twisting may not be enough to achieve your desired results. Here are some easy ways that you can make this method more effective and get more stretch:


8 Reasons Why Your Twist Out Sucks

Twist Out Failed

by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

You would think a twist out style would be simple: just add some product, twist your hair, and set overnight right? Well often times for many of us, it just isn’t as easy as it seems. Here are the reasons why your twist out failed and turned out all wrong:

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Got Fine Natural Hair? Get Big, Bossy Twist-Outs Anyway.

re-post with product updates!

Hola Chicas!

I'll keep this shawt.  

Do you or a curly you know have--

(1) fine, highly porous hair that dries quickly after washing?


(2) a curl pattern so fierce that it resists wet sets... like, due to a lack of weight or leverage, your roots maintain your natural texture while the rest of the length takes on the twist or braid-out pattern? #Awkward 

I have a solution to help you achieve full, voluminous Twist-n-Curls with a more consistent texture.  No heat. Less time. Hella moisturized. 

recent twist-n-curls using the same method

The Rope Twist Technique Using Camille Rose's Style Setter

Tina Munzu writes:

Over the years I've learned that the most twist-out definition comes from the technique used to twist. A little extra twirling of the hair prior to twisting often results in more defined curls. I got better at this as I tried to teach myself how to install Havana twists. Some refer to this type of twists as rope twists. For when my goal is definition the rope twist technique is my go to. Enjoy the video plus a first impression review of the Camille Rose Coconut Water "Style Setter" product.

Twist-Out Tips and Tricks- Preventing the Frizz.

I’ve seen and heard many a natural gal lament that their twist-outs or braid-outs never come out right. There are many things involved in getting the “perfect” outcome, but one thing that can help you achieve a decent look is this…

Yes, smoothing down the hair as you unravel your twists/braids with an oil will continue the process of sealing the cuticle (which should have started at the moisturizing stage) and give you a nice, clean look.

Top 20 Products for Smooth Twist-Outs and Roller Sets

Almost daily I’m bombarded by gorgeous natural hairstyles that have been molded into coils, curls, and twists. Not every style requires heat and everyone doesn't want to do a wash and go. We love options! Twists, braids, and roller sets are great styles that need great products for frizz-free hold and shine. The smoother the hair, the longer the style lasts. Products really give your tresses the perfect look, if mother nature doesn’t intervene. Check out the Top 20 Heat-Free Styling products below!

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Make it Last Forever- Nightly Natural Hair Routine

Shekia Renea is back with her nightly hair routine! 

Refresh Your Old Twist-Out in 5 Minutes!

Shekia Renea shows the curly masses how to rejuvenate an old twist-out! Enjoy!

'I Finally Mastered the Twist-Out!'- Natural Hair Tips

As a new natural, I remember thinking that certain styles (twist-outs, wash and go's, cocoon curls) were off limits to me because of my hair texture and length. Fortunately, I got over that form of thinking and discovered the L.O.C method! My natural hair prayers have been answered with this method and now I'm crushing on my own hair!

If you tend to have dry and tightly coiled hair, your twist outs can come out limp, dull, and with little definition. I struggled with this after too many failed twist-outs and just when I was about to give up on ever achieving the perfect twist-out, I realized that maybe the lack of moisture and not my hair, was the issue.


Frizz Free Hair & Big Voluminous Twist Outs

NaturallyNellzy shows us how she achieves huge, gorgeous hair-- 

Twist Outs - The New Wash and Go

 by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

Once upon a time, a natural curly haired girl rocked wash and go’s like it was nobody’s business. Jump in the shower, shampoo, condition, finger detangle and proceed with my styler of choice and exit the facility. These were also the days of simply going to bed sans protection (never a good idea), waking up and doing the same thing all over again the next morning. As my hair grew longer, that was no longer an option for me. In fact my entire regimen changed – from the way I shampooed to my deep conditioning routine. My “routine” came from a place of “Never”. I NEVER section shampooed, I almost NEVER slept with a scarf, I NEVER paid attention to ingredients or put any thought into product selection, I NEVER detangled, I NEVER deep conditioned and quiet as kept, I sometimes skipped conditioner all together! #WhatTheWhat? I know!*clutches pearls* Arguably one of THE cardinal sins in the natural hair community! I’m a little embarrassed to admit these things and if I were Catholic, I’d take it behind closed doors and speak my ill ways through sacramental penance straight to an ordained priest via the confessional booth, but since I’m not, I trust you chicas with matters of the hair.

As a vet in this natural hair game, I can truly say when you know better, you do better. Cliché, but truth none-the- less. I was living the low effort, high impact hair life which served me well aesthetically but did little or nothing for length retention. As I started taking interest in my locs and recognizing the importance of moisture in my life, I also learned all the different methods of the wash and go. My definition was very literal– wash (shampoo and condition) and go (leave!) and that’s precisely what I did. I like to consider this time period, the prelude of my journey. You know, a piece that precedes a more important movement.

Through research and some tough lessons, I became more curl conscious and of course made sure that conditioners (regular, leave- ins and deep) became mainstays in my arsenal. I also graduated to other hairstyles, such as coils, twist outs and braid outs. Coils were too much work and didn’t last, twist outs looked like wash and go’s so what was the point, so I went with braid outs. I fell hard for the braid outs – I mean they were everything! They gave me the soft, loose wave I wanted without sacrificing a lot of length. My natural coils are super coily and tend to congregate in large numbers which can be good and bad; mostly bad. It wasn’t until recently, I revisited the twist out and I must say, I’ve once again found love. It is almost always mistaken for a wash and go but I’m okay with that. It’s a healthier version of the look and I am no longer washing it every day.

Do your twist outs come out like wash and go’s? 

Also, do you prefer stretched or shrunken styles?

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Twist-n-Curl -- Show & Tell

Hola Chicas,

Check out how these CurlyNikki.com readers are rocking the Twist-n-Curl. If you're moved, send in your Show & Tell by 5 pm!

Fumi Fierce:

I absolutely love your blog! I I wanted to send you some love on your 1 year bloggaversary and tell you congratulations on your license. I am transitioning (10 weeks to be exact) and am loving this journey. After months of cyber stalking many natural hair blogs, I decided what better day than today to be a part of one. I have attached a pic of my conrow braid and curl, affectionately named "The Fierce Out." Since twists don't leave enough definition (because my heat damaged hair wouldn't hold any pattern), I tried individual braids and put perm rods on the ends. On damp hair, I parted my hair into 14 large sections. On each section I added a quarter sized amount of Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner from root to tip. I then added a dime sized amount of Cantu Hair Dressing Pomade focusing mainly on my ends. Here's another twist to my braid and curl, I cornrow (instead of just braiding) each large section and add a small perm rod. I wrap my hair with my silk scarf and go to sleep. I wake up, fluff (using your method of focusing on the roots) and I'm done. Thank you again for this site. I can't wait until I am fully transitioned and can have my very own spotlight. It may come sooner than later since I am scissor happy.

Congrats on your blogversary! I absolutely love your blog, and one of these days I'll write a Curly Nikki spotlight to represent for all of the 4a naturals! You give great advice, and I find myself trying out different products and styles that are featured on your site.

I have attached two pictures of my version of the Twist and Curl. This is Day 3 of my Twist and Curl/Coil. I used Herbal Essences Hello Hydration as a leave-in and sealed with Shea butter. I think I did about 20 twists, and I coiled the ends here, because most of the time I have to leave my house after I set my hair. In the morning I unravel the twists with shea butter and go. At night I put shea butter on the top and the ends, set in two loose ponytails, and tie a silk scarf on my head. This set usually lasts about 3-4 days before I have to do it again. Thanks for all of your advice!

Congratulations on your blog-versary! I am fairly new to CurlyNikki.com, but in the past few months, you have completely changed my hair regimen! I have been natural since 2004, but always flat-ironed/curled. I stopped flat ironing in March 09, and did a huge cut in May 09! I have mostly 4a, with some 3C areas. My regimen includes shampooing every 2 weeks, and co-washing every week. My styling products include Oyin honey hemp conditioner, Infusium 23 leave-in treatment, Oyin shine & define, coconut oil & shea butter. This pic is of a flat-twist n curl, which is my twist on yours!


Thank you so much Nikki! I have been following your blog since Aug 09 in the midst of me being unsure of what to do with my hair when styling. Such a heaven sent and extremely informational. I am 10 months into my transition and have been steadily trying to find a staple style to promote growth. Since my hair doesn't maintain twists yet with the two textures, I do a B-n-C (Braid and Curl). I wash with Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner then deep condition with Aussie Moist 3 Min Repair. I use Giovanni Leave In and apply EVCO in a spray bottle when braiding and seal with Cantu Shea Butter. Every night I re-braid my hair with spritz of coconut oil and wake up to uniform results. I love it and will maintain this no heat regimen for hopefully another 6 months. Thank you for the inspiration.

Congrats Nikki! You deserve a very happy anniversary! Here is my TNC from this morning. Cowash-Deva One Conditioner-Shea butter-TNC-Bonnet and whalaaaaa!! That’s my little girl Rinah--- she doesn’t have much hair yet, but she will be twisting and curlin’ too!

Congratulations on the success of your site. I've been following it for some months now and enjoy the hot topics and personal accounts of transition. I've been natural for 11 years now. My hair is a 3b/3c mix with very finicky fine strands --my hair rebels when it's dry lol. When straightened it meets my bra strap. The pic is of my first Twist-n-Curl! I liked it, my husband loved it! It lasted 4 days, really three, my hair frizzed up something strange. But I really enjoyed the added length to my curly look. We both loved the immediate volume- I usually have to wait three days for my curls to expand the way I like. For my TnC I used HH as a leave in and separated my hair into about 20 twists braided lil more than 3/4ths down. I sealed the ends with unrefined Shea butter and rolled it with green magnetic rollers. I dried it partially with a warm hand dryer, slept in a scarf and unbraided it the next morning. I then finger combed the length. I modified the technique on my second attempt and didn't put the metal clips next to my scalp. With my hairs texture the clips defined the irregular parts and beginnings of each twist. Without the clips I was able to create a bit more volume near the scalp and a more natural look. I would suggest alleviating the clips to all the thin haired curlies. Thanks for sharing this style with the masses, I plan on using it with a hot hair ornament at my next formal event.

Congratulations on being one year old! Your site is AMAZING and I have learned so much from you! Although I have never had a perm, all my life I have pressed my hair. Finding curlynikki.com set me FREE. With the encouragement of a good friend and your expertise I was able to rock my first twist-n-curl! I shampooed with Optimum care breakage defense (I had some damage from all the straightening) and cowashed with Hello Hydration, deep conditioned with Optimum Care, detangled then rinsed. With a soaking wet head I divided my hair into four sections then began to two strand twist using Cantu leave in conditioner (I do smaller twists in the front so it's usually between 25-30 all over). I sealed the ends with shea butter and rolled with medium size rollers. The next morning I untwisted and pulled out the ends and here were my results! I still use this technique and I am loving every bit of it. I do have to retwist on day three to add definition and finish out the week, but I started using lottabody setting lotion with helps me maintain a bit longer. I never would have had the courage to embrace my curls without you! Thank you!

My daughters are 11 and 8. All three of us have been greatly influenced by the knowledge and support that your site has cultivated. For my TnC I use satin covered sponge rollers and I roll all the way to the base of my head. I use curly meringue for hold and shine. My biggest challenge is getting my curls to last more than one day. I haven't had success with that yet. If I don't re-twist at night I salvage my 'do with a frohawk.

Congratulations on your blogversary! I've been following you and your awesome hair since Naturallycurly.com, and you've been so helpful to me on this natural hair journey. I would have been lost without ya!
I love me a Twist-N-Curl (still haven't quite gotten my drying time down, but I'm looking to invest in one of those old school Belson dryers -- they don't make 'em anymore so if anybody knows where I can find one, let a sista know). The pic with the shoulders out was your tried and true One C, Jessicurl WDT, Shea butter combo. Two strand twists and rod rollers on the ends. The one in the blue sweater was a little more recent -- Hello Hydration leave-in, Shea butter all over, and top if off with my newest obsession -- coconut oil. (And of course HENNA every month or every other month). (Btw, I am totally about to jack a combo of Zizi's braid roots/twist the rest and Traci's twist 3/4 down techniques. I got a bit of a crinkly curl issue myself, so I can't wait to see the results. Thanks y'all!) Thank you again Nikki and best of luck with the blog. I'll be reading!


Here is a pic of a Twist-n-Curl (short version). I don't use any special products at this length just water and a little bit of creme hair dressing. Of course my faithful leave in was a part of the T N C. I twist, leave a little of my ends free, then add a small sponge roller with end paper. Untwist in the a.m. and I'm Flyyyyyyy all day.

I am currently at the 6 month of my transition and I wanted to share a style that is inspired by your twist and curl style. It's actually a braid and curl. Since my end are still straight the twists don't stay in so I decided to try braiding it. This is s picture of my Last Braid and Curl at month 5 of my transition. I can't wait till I'm able to do a real twist and Curl. :o)
I love your site and thank you so much!


Hair Description:
3c in front, 4a in middle, 3c in the back..very soft, no natural curl pattern, frizzes VERY easily...Transitioning, I have about 2-3 inches left of relaxed hair.

My version of the Twist & Curl:
Hot oil treatment with my concoction of jojoba, coconut, and olive oils - Cowash with Suave Naturals mixed with about 10 drops of tea tree oil - deep condition with Matrix Biolage Conditioner - Moisturize with Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol- Seal in Moisture with Jojoba oil - part hair horizontally at nape, apply Herbal Essence's Set Me Up gel, twist hair in small sections, curl twists on perm rods all the way to the roots - let dry over night - undue twist - create volume and blend parts by lifting roots up with a pick.


For my twistncurl, I flat twisted the front, because my hair is still relatively short. In the back I used a really diluted setting lotion and lots of shea butter. I did smaller twists because of the length of my hair and I really wanted the curls to be defined and set it on rods. Amazingly, it dried over night and I took them out using an olive and coconut oil mixture, adding shine. I got the flattwist idea from BlackOnyx77 on youtube. I plan to do this hairstyle again this weekend.

Hi Nikki!
I wanted to send in photos of my attempt at the twist-n-curl. The photo of me in the white, is a twist-n-curl while I was transitioning. I BC'd on June 25, 2009 and I'm now completely natural--I'm so happy that I don't have to mess with the ends anymore! So here's a recent photo of my natural curls (grey dress). I love the blog and have learned a lot since reading. Keep up the great work!


I conditioner washed with a mix of hello hydration and totally twisted. Next, without wringing it out or towel drying, I added a little totally twisted as a leave in then proceeded to separate my hair into 4 sections. Then I twisted dripping wet hair probably 5 in each section and used duck bill clips on the roots and sealed my ends with shea butter. After using flexirods on my ends, I slapped on the satin bonnet, woke in the am, unraveled and fluffed.

I'm one of your British followers! I had so much success with my Twist-n-Curl last week, that I just had to send it in!
I co-washed with my cheapie conditioner Alberto Balsam Pomegranate and also the Raspberry one (which I don't really like but am just trying to finish it). Then I did a DC with Le Kair Cholesterol conditioner mixed with some Aphogee 3 minute reconstructor, jojoba oil and castor oil. I sat with that on for about an hour. I then detangled and rinsed; while it was still dripping wet I squeezed some HE Hello Hydration into the hair staying away from the scalp. I lastly added some Aphogee Provitamin leave in conditioner.
After I sectioned my hair into 4. I then split each section into 2 and plaited/braided the first 2 inches of hair then I twisted the rest of the hair in two twists and added a flexi-curler to the end. I did this until my whole head was done put on my satin bonnet and went to bed. My hair was still damp in the morning but I took it down and added shea butter to the ends of the twists and unravelled.
The pictures in the white top are the first morning and the grey top is the second day night out.I rocked it for a whole week. I think it came out pretty well what do you think?

I've slightly modified the way that you set the twists/rollers because my hair is really thick with small, dense corkscrews all over. When I tried twisting to the ends before putting on the rollers, my hair resulted in these weird, flat, curly crinkles all over. So instead of twisting all the way to the ends, I just twist about 3/4 of the way down then set the ends on rollers. I use DevaCare One conditioner to style and Palmer's coconut oil hair milk to seal the ends before rolling. I like thick, bouncy "gypsy curls" so I usually use the same medium-sized rollers all over (I think they're 15/16") and I make about 10 - 12 twists in total. I usually sit under a dryer for at least an hour to help speed up the drying process before I go to bed. The results are usually soft, juicy spirals. EVERY time that I wear this style I receive a bevy of compliments. I am so grateful that I discovered your site and this hairstyle. Your tips have been a great help. Thanks, Nikki, for all that you are doing with your site! Cheers to you.

LJ Kelly:

My first SUCCESSFUL Twist-n-Curl. I have tried the twist-n-curl a couple of times before with no success but I cut about an inch of hair and it is working a lot better with shorter hair; the relaxed ends were weighing it down. I washed, did a deep treatment, and twisted with Giovanni leave in conditioner and sealed with shea butter--this routine could use some tweaking because it came out pretty dry. I am in my 15th month of my transition and I plan on doing a BC on Dec. 23, 2009.


As a newbie, I'm still learning about my hair, but I love your TnC. No significant modifications, though I'll need to figure out what to do with the section of hair that refuses to hold a defined curl. I conditioner washed, then did a bunch of little twists all over, then rolled them on perm rods and air dried. The next am, I untwisted and finger picked out for this look. I'm still learning but I love that there are no "bad hair" days, just "work it out until it rocks" days now!!


This is my first attempt at the twist and curl actually. I usually braid-n-curl. I have 4b hair in the front and top of my head, and a mix of 4a and 3c around the back of my head, so I tend to have smaller twists in the front and bigger twists in the back. I have been wearing headbands and using pins to flatten my new growth because my curls are really tight and puff up when they dry. I love this style because if one side is falling flatter than the other all i have to do is pin it up and it still looks fine; because I have an obsession with wearing my hair down (although I know it's not always good for my hair) and I do it as much as possible.

Make sure you get your pic in for Friday's challenge! There's a 100g of Cassia or Indigo up for grabs :)

Tips for Flawless Twist-Outs

Hola Chicas,

While twisting my hair for the week, I realized that there are several things I do to ensure that the next Monday through Thursday can be classified as good hair days. Check out the list below...I'll be sure to add to it if I can think of anything else.

  • Apply your leave-in conditioner while you're still in the shower to assure thorough distribution and slip. Also, be sure to pass your head back under the shower stream one last time before stepping out. Good, even distribution results in a consistent wave pattern that is relatively frizz free.
  • Keep the hair soaking wet while twisting -- this keeps the hair super slippery and pliable. You'll lose less hair during the process, and it results in a smooth, shiny twist-out.
  • Start twisting as close to the root as possible. This is CRUCIAL! Until recently, I used to just grab the hair and start twisting...not paying much attention to the roots. Now, the shape and pattern of my waves are much more consistent. Also, be sure to secure the roots with duck bill clips-- it keeps the hair from unraveling.
  • The bigger the twist, the looser the wave (8 to 12 twists). Smaller twists yield a tighter wave pattern (12 to as many as you have time to do!).
  • Make sure the twists are COMPLETELY dry before taking them down. Damp twists result in fuzzy, un-defined twist-outs.
  • Style the twist-out with your fingers to preserve the wave pattern and prevent the frizzies.
Add your helpful tips in the comment section!

Later Gators,

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