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Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

By January 27th, 202140 Comments
Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

Hola Chicas!

Many of you have asked to see exactly how many twists I do for the Twist-n-Curl (it has changed since the video last year), and exactly where I place them. So, here you go!

Yesterday, I used my old faithful routine–detangled with Herbal Essence Totally Twisted conditioner using fingers only, and styled with DevaCare One Condition and Devacurl Set it Free. It took me 30 minutes to condition and detangle, and 15 to twist. My hair dried over night, and I took it down and fluffed this morning…on camera ๐Ÿ™‚

I divide my hair in half, and do 5 twists per side. I have a hard time twisting in the back of my head, so it usually takes a lot of fluffing to hide the part and flatness in the back.

Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

Per side- two twists in the back, one twist above my ear, and two in the front (one framing my face, and one at the crown. Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-CurlTwist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

The Take Down– Twists removed but not fluffed

Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

Fluffed hair– I’m going to make another video soon on how I fluff. I don’t really split the curls in half…I just gently run my fingers from the the root down toward the curl (but stop before getting to the ends). This action separates and adds volume without causing frizz.
Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-CurlTwist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-CurlTwist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

Twist Placement for a Chunky Twist-n-Curl

There you have it folks! I’m feeling the 10 twists, rod roller look…the only drawback is that it takes MUCH longer to dry. The paper towel dabbing trick worked wonders again yesterday, and I woke up to 95% dry hair.

Later Gators,


  • Anonymous says:

    I really great result, fortunately I cant find the video to see how you pin the top part of your hair to get the flat front hair. Where can I find the video?

  • Anonymous says:


  • BNatural says:

    I like the front pic! Looks kiddie!! Just got my twists in hmm wonder what the outcome will be!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Tried the twist n curl on my 3b/3c/4a natural hair and loved it! I actually managed to get all of my hair types to obey similar rules. I did about twenty twists instead of ten so I could give the textures in the different layers as much attention as they needed. Thanks!

  • Keyz says:

    thank you so much 4 the vid. I finally got around to trying your method…instead of flat twist and my trusty bantu knot out…and it looks good! lol. My head is big so I used twenty-two perm rods and duck bill clips. I detangled, co-washed with suave coconut conditioner and used CRISCO and setting lotion(with tons of water in a spray bottle). I think i need to focus on my direction and position of the rollers next time. But it came out relatively the same…wish i had a camera!


    Also I'm transitioning 13 months in with 4a/4b hair, 6 in. perm ends, 6 in. natural…..hope this may help others.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time out not only to give us a visual of the # of twist used, but also how you hair looks twisted. This is important and I wish many other people would do the same. I have about 3-4 inches of hair and it is difficult to attempt some of the styles do to lack of creativity of how to place the twist. But with this post you can see not only the finished product but how your hair is parted and the size of the twist. Again, thank you SO much!

  • Keli says:


    I've never had the touch when it comes to my hair…I need someone else to keep my fly. a shame.

  • Anonymous says:

    I want to see 4c ladies too.

  • Anonymous says:

    I Love this site, I swear I do and would not have the FIRST clue of what to do with my hair without tis site and others like it, but……PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE do us 4a,4b folks a favor PLEASE?? Feature ladies with testimonies of significant growth with hair texture in the 4's. It is no great feat to grow 2 & 3a,3b hair such as yours to great lengths it is gonna grow anyway, us 4's need some inspiration also please. Thanks. We need 2 know that it is possible for us too.

  • Mia says:

    Hi Nikki. I really love your hair. It's so thick and pretty. But I was wondering if you could show us how long your hair is. I don't know if you straighten at all or ever, I know you're curly nikki lol but I'm very curious to see how your hair looks straight…if that's not too much trouble lol. Please, Please, Please…I'm like dying to see it! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • anonymous says:

    Gorgeous as always Nikki. I can't wait until I reach your length. Such an inspiration!

  • Libra08 says:

    Thanks so much for this Nikki! Wow I didn't know you put Set it Free on your twists! I thought you only applied it to the ends. I'm going to have to try putting SIF on my twists. I'm trying to get my tncs to last as long as possible and maybe that will help!

  • ThisOwl says:

    beautiful hair nikki ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Where can i buy Henna from? And what are some other good brands other then Jamila. I kinda had a bad experience with ordering stuff online.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks for all the kind words ladies!!

    I keep the roots flat by putting duck bill clips on them while wet…I usually take them out during the night as the hair drys (check out the video).

    I secure the ends with rod or magnetic rollers depending on how I feel.

    As far as product application, after rinsing the Herbal Essence, I apply a generous amount of DevaCare One to the right side, and another generous amount to the left…smooshing it through. I do this while I'm still in the shower–my hair is sopping wet at the time. I then get out of the shower, and apply Set it Free as I go, 2 sprays per twist. And yes, I've TNCed with plenty of product combos, and this one yields the best results.


  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks beautiful..BTW..thank you for the tip on the shea butter. I used it to do twists and it came out great!

  • b. says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Lovely hair and beautiful shine! Maybe you've answered before, but have you tried pin-curling each twist to your head with a flat clip instead of rollers? (You know…the metal duckbill kind…) I wonder if you would acheive the same look without having to use rollers. If you pinned them just partway up, maybe your hair would have more "space" to dry and you could wear a flat scarf to bed. Just wondering…

  • Anonymous says:

    Lovely as usual. Thanks so much for the breakdown! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~KF519

  • First Lady 4.11 says:

    Im jealous, its beautiful!

  • Alicia says:

    Nice, I love it.

  • Unknown says:

    Looks great! I didn't see rollers at the end of your twists, did you use them this time?

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki that TnC is flawless. How are you using the Deva One Conditioner and the Set it Free … Are you applying in sections or to the whole head. Also the shine is amazing and the softness – do you believe the products being used gives this effect?


  • BrownLady says:

    loves it! as usual!

  • Melyssa says:

    so gorgeous! shiny, thick, and just lovely!

  • Krystal K. says:

    PERFECT! I think I'll try the Twist-n-Curl again ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Anonymous says:

    You have beautiful hair! Oh looks like you do five flat twists on each side – is that correct?

  • Tiffiny says:

    Hi nikki
    your hair looks beautiful as usual. I finally cut my hair, I was telling you about it at the meet-up and decided to take the plunge. It looks much better and healthier. Thanks for advice!

  • Nickye says:

    Nikki – What would you suggest (if there is anything that can be done) for a twist out for a type 3c? I have a very strong curl pattern, and I notice that your hair looks basically straight, so the only bends are where you placed the twists. If I did that, I would still have my curls and it would look crazy. Anything you think that could combat that? My journey to natural story was 7-24 or 29th, so you can see a pic of my hair. Thanks! Nickye

  • Anonymous says:

    Beauteous! Nikki, you could be a poster girl for us Naturalistas. Thanks for sharing your tips. –Mari

  • CurlyKye says:

    Nik you know I absolutely love your hair….it's definitely got that bling sista girl! You do a good job of making sure your hair is healthy & moisturized.

  • Naseya says:

    how do you secure the ends?

  • Dymesha Wheeler says:

    You have beautiful hair.

  • Kerr-Ann Dempster says:

    your hair is so beautiful and shiny

  • MissCurly says:

    Thanks for posting Nikki. How do you get your hair to lay so flat at the roots? My hair is puffy at the roots in the front. I guess cause my curl pattern is tighter in the front. Your front hairs lay down so smooth.

  • E_v says:

    Gorgeous and shiny!!

  • Miss Dior says:

    Thanks for sharing I was wondering how you do it everytime I twists my hair the bakc is so hard to twist.

  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful! I can't wait until I have the length to try this! =)

  • D Alexandra says:

    this is awesome! I had been using DevaOne Condition for the longest and went back to Shea Butter Cholesterol briefly, big mistake! I'll be buying some DevaOne Condition veryyyy soon!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the update. I do approx. the same amount of twists, but they end up looking flat. I will try your fluffing technique next time.

  • Anonymous says:

    gorgeous as usual!!!

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