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Braid-Outs Versus Twist-Outs

By January 27th, 202156 Comments

Braid-Outs Versus Twist-Outs
Beachgirl56 writes:

Which gives better curl definition, Braid-Outs or Twist-Outs?

I started with twist-outs, but I’ve recently realized that I prefer braid-outs. I get much better definition. And if I stretch the roots a little with my blow dryer and use gel on my edges, I really like the results. I get a lot of compliments when I wear my hair this way. But I also am realizing I need to avoid the heat, so I am moving towards air drying my braids overnight and styling in the morning. Which set works best for you?

CN writes:
Honestly, *wet set* braid-outs and twist-outs yield astonishingly similar results on my hair. The difference is so minute, that I prefer to twist, due to my terrible braiding skills (I hate braiding wet hair, it takes me twice as long and has more of a tendency to frizz upon take down). If I’m styling dry hair, a braid-out is the only set that will hold. For me, the curl definition is all about the products used and the size of the twists or braids. I have observed, however, that some naturals get very different results from twisting (s curls) versus braiding (zig zags). Again, maybe this is a result of hair type?


  • Anonymous says:

    HELP!!! I have relaxed but try and do braid outs about 8 weeks post relaxer. I probably only get 3 or 4 relaxers a year. Anyway, i get NO definition. they come out FLAT and like the other person said … like a crimped look. i HATE IT.

  • Hillary says:

    I'm transitioning and whenever I do a braidout, my hair actually gets even more dry. When I take out the braids, my hair becomes insanely frizzy and hard to comb. Twist outs are a bit better for me. They're easier too.

    Oh, I used homemade flax seed gel and I don't get any hold :(. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Now I just use Motions leave-in conditioner.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have 3b/3c hair and braid outs and braid n' curls look better on my hair than twist outs and twist n' curls. I agree with a previous comment I read that perhaps the hair type is a factor in how twists and braids turn out. I actually prefer Braid n' Curls. My hair is full, luscious and has amazing movement. With the pineapple method I can wear that style for 3 days which is great for me.

  • Anonymous says:

    Braid outs are a NIGHTMaRE!! It looks like 80's crimps eeewww!!! ive tried big ones and medium braids, twist outs bring out my natural strawlike curls:) and are quick to put in and take out!

  • Anonymous says:

    I personally prefer braid outs because twist outs don't come out looking much different from a wash-n-go.

  • Jasmine says:

    I prefer braid outs. I get better definition with them than twist outs. Twist outs do give me more length though. Sometimes I just do a comb of both, braid my twists, which gives me that curly crinkly look.

  • mndegrassi8 says:

    twist outs for me come out way more curlier as twists shrink up more because they are not as tight as braids….my braid outs come out more wavy with less body so i have to separate way more and then end up with frizz….so what i do is i braid the roots about an inch down the hair to mke the roots not be so puffy like the twists would make them, then i twist the rest of the way down to gt that great curl definition….

  • Anonymous says:

    For me i prefer braid outs. It gives me better definition and less shrinkage.

  • Anonymous says:

    Braids out for me as i getter better definition and no knots or unraveling.

  • Gado-Gado Gal says:

    Braid-outs work best for me, but mainly because they are easier for me to do myself than twist-outs! My stylist does beautiful twist-outs which stay in for days, and when taken down (through a tangly process) yield doll-like spirals. My own wet set twist-outs, however, barely stay in for a couple of hours (never overnight). Braid-outs are easy for me to do as wet or dry set, are easy to take down without tangling, and yield lovely, yet natural looking curls. I do chunky, or medium-large twists and braids, so I haven't experienced the zig-zags others have mentioned. And the amount of product I use determines the softness and definition of the curls. I'm transitioning long term. My hair is very thick, with 3c & 4a curls (it appears) in the new growth, and 3b-3c in the old processed hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have 4a-b about 3 inches past APL hair and basically braid-outs make my hair look a little bushy but it shows more length. Twistouts give a defined, smooth look, almost like 3A hair but it shrinks up to above my shoulder. So i guess it depends on what you're looking for in a particular style.

  • bludini1 says:

    I love twists outs but they unravel when I sleep so I have never achieved a real twist out style on my hair. The braid out is my trusty go to style that never fails. It gives my thin hair 3x as much volume.

  • My Natural Me says:

    I started doing braid outs on my hair when I got a trim late July. I soooo prefer these over twist outs for definition purposes. However, I have found that if I want more of funky, messy and big look, twist outs may be the way for me together. Its funny you posted this because I was gonna do a comparison myself!

  • Anonymous says:

    I normally do two strand twists but my husband and I planned to go fishing on saturday morning so i decided to put my hair in braids because I would be wearing a hat cause the temp. is still getting up in the 90's here.well I been twisting for so long till I couldn't hardley braid anymore. My hair was braided in some parts and twisted in others LOL. I took them out sunday morning for church and I didn't like it. it was pretty straight and had hardly no definition. So I wet it and put some moisturizer and gel on it and it was kind of cute.I just made a puff and put on a headband and went and got my praise on.

  • s.perry722 says:

    I totally agree with JazBNatural! It's all about the size! I'm a fine haired 4a/4b and it gives me the big hair I desire! I always do it on clean banded/air dried hair so that I won't have to have my hands in wet hair! I hate wet sets! lol

    The take down is even easier! Hopefully I can look up a video of a natural that takes my braids down like I do. I take two of the strands from the plait and I move them in a back and forth motion (picture moving your hands in the direction you would shake maracas-the spanish instruments) and they come down seamlessly! No frizz and the waves are gorgeous!

  • Shell says:

    Since summer, I have been doing more braid outs. I really love it more than my twists out which has been a staple for me for years.

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    Both braid outs and twists outs give me great definition, just in a different way. On day one braidouts give a tighter more defined hold that's more zigzag. Twist outs done in corn row fashion gives definition with a looser deep wave looking pattern on my hair. I basically just use shea butter and coconut oil on wet or damp hair. I have photos of the results on my website and attached blog at Currently I'm loving my braidouts ( which are really plait outs LOL).

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair's 3C, S-curl pattern, corkscrews at the ends.

    I've tried braid-outs and still haven't gotten results that I'm happy with, so I stick to twist-outs, recently three-strand twist-outs. The process of unbraiding, for whatever reason, makes my hair super frizzy. Maybe I'll try again using some of the advice I've read so far in this thread.

    The results of my two-strand twist-outs were too similar to my much quicker wash-n-go, so now I do three-strand twists. I find that the three-strand twists stay stretched out like braids, but when I untwist I don't get the frizzy-braid effect, so basically the best of both worlds!

  • Unknown says:

    Braidouts create too much tension on my hair, too much manipulation. A twist-out doesn't. I think it's the tightness of a braid when compared to a twist. It's quicker to twist and quicker to untwist. A braid-out seems to take forever to take down and it's hard to take it down without the hair getting frizzy.

  • Tamara says:

    I prefer twist out to braid out. My hair is 4a/c and the twist out gives it that tight spiral curl. I believe its the texture as well. Everyone in my home is natural and we all get differents results. However I would do more braid outs as soon as I grow my hair out more.

  • Anonymous says:

    i prefer a good braid out. My hair is not super thick and that has influenced the look of the twist out in my hair. Also I notice that i am able to get my roots to lie down better when i do a braid out. I also like the stretch that the braid out gives to my hair. Thats just my opinion. I love a wet set braid out.

  • Ebbie says:

    After reading some of the comments, I don't think it has to do w/ your hair type. I think it has to do w/ method and product used. I'm a 4b/c and I LOVE the plait out!! I twist the last inch of my plait and tuck it into the braid like Terri on I do this on both my wet and dry sets and it never fails me!

  • Fengie says:

    I actually love both, but you are right the size of either the braids or twist does make a difference. I find that when i cornroll wet its bigger and the curl pattern is nicer, but lately i have been trying single braids which gives me more length and i love it (frizz a little fast with the single braids). As for the twist i cannot complain neither results are great but my braid out last longer. i normally get 3-4 days out of braid out but the twist not so much and they frizz too. but both are great!

  • Anonymous says:

    Funny I was just having this conversation with a friend. My choice is a braid out, twist outs make my hair look dry and frizzy.

  • JazBNatural says:

    IF you do braids that are too small, this will come out in zig-zag instead of wavy.
    They key is to do very large braids, and separate them. 6 o 7 is the perfect amount for a wavy braid out.

    I prefer braid outs because i cant really get the twists to stay flat on top, they always unravel and puff up. But I do like the look of both.

    Braid Out on 7 Braids:

    Compared to a Braidout on (50) Small Braids(I didn't like it, the bigger braids are better):!/photo.php?pid=14020608&id=614880318&ref=fbx_album

    Compared to a Twist Out on 7 Large Twists:

    Twist out gave me curl, braid out gave me waves. I don't think it depends on the hair type, I think it depends on how you do it & what size braids you're making. Big Braids=big waves. Small Braids=a small Z pattern and bigger hair.

  • Quaneasha says:

    It is definitely easier to blend my 2 hair textures with a braid out… but I can't wait to be fully natural because I honestly prefer the twist outs!

  • Anonymous says:

    For me braidouts work much better than twist outs. I think it is my hair type and the type of products I have tried. I have tried twistouts over and over with oils/butter, with and w/o gels, etc. and no matter what products I have tried, my twistouts would not hold enough definition and would be poofy and more wavy and frizzy. I just started doing braidouts like a month ago and tried a new product(Texture Playground's Nurture Cream and Hydrating butter) with KCKT or Giovanni Direct as a leave in and OMG, the definition was DA BOMB!! Plus it stretched out my hair making it less frizzy and less big!! and it was soooo soft and smells delish!! This is my regimen hopefully for the winter. It does take a bit longer to braid (I do somewhat small braids like 9 on each side of my head). I braid damp, sit under a hooded dryer on low for like 1 hour and then go sleep. I use satin hair rollers to curl the ends (not bad as rods to sleep in) then take out carefully the next day. Only problem is that this style may only last a couple of days if it is pretty humid out and my curls go back to their smaller, spiraly curls!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am transitioning and just recently revisited the braidouts since my new asymmetric bob cut. I have to say that the curls are holding much longer and there is less frizz than with the twist out. The two textures to me blend better too, I think I'm a 4a/b. I might try a combo of the the two and go back to twist outs once I get some length again.

  • Ms. Sassy says:

    I definitely think its all about hair type. I'm 4b and did a video the other day on a braid out and honestly did not like my results. The twist give me a more curl definition and the braids give me that zigzag and doesn't define

  • LBell says:

    I have mostly 4b hair. For me, in general, wet sets give more definition than dry sets. Also, the longer the twists or plaits are left in, the better the definition. The product(s) used for setting also make a difference.

    I don't do this now since my hair is short again but when my hair was longer I had the absolute best-looking results with 3-strand twistouts. I loved the corkscrew curls I got with 3-strand twists (as opposed to the wavy-crinkles I got with 2-strand twists). Like someone mentioned above, I would plait about 1/3 of the way down and 3-strand-twist the rest in order to have more stretch. Braidouts gave me the most stretch by far but the hair in the back was so fine that I usually ended up with straight naps (if that makes sense). For gorgeous updos, braidouts were the best choice.

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    I like braid outs better. I don't see how braids are harder to do.

  • Dawn Michelle @ Minimalist Beauty says:

    Definitely braid outs for me. I do them nightly after spritzing with my home made leave-in and sealing with oil. I only put in 10 braids and then put my hair in a loose bun in the morning. It gives my hair a nice texture in the bun and keeps my hair stretched and easy to work with.

  • Anonymous says:

    Braiding is much harder or more time consuming? We are talking the plain ol' plait or plaiting? Not cornrow braids, right?

  • Anonymous says:

    I love both. There's not much difference between my braid-out and twist-out as far as the look goes. But with a braid-out I get a tad more stretch and definition. I braid til the last inch then twist the rest for a nice coil on the end. I can stretch a braid-out for about a week. I need to do a twist-out twice a week to keep it fresh looking. For me, it's not so much the technique as the size or thickness of the braid or twist that makes the biggest difference in the look.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh yeah, I'm all about braid outs! My hair has two different curl patterns on each side, so twist outs don't add enough definition. My left side always winds up in loose waves while my right sides ends in tight waves and curls. Braid outs are the way to go for me ;)!

  • Naturally You says:

    I prefer the curl definition you get with twist outs, but braids out do a better job of blending my transitioning hair. Once I cut off the relaxed hair, I will definitely switch over to twisting since its so much faster.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have to say that I like a combination of the two. Recently, I figured out if I braid my hair about 80% of the way down and then twist the ends, my hair loves it (got tip from blackonyx). In addition, if I braid my hair in 5 big plaits using this technique I get the results I have always dreamed of. But, I am hoping that when my hair gets to be bra strap length, I will embrace the twists completely for I love the results (big waves), yet I prefer the combo at this time.
    P.S. CN, I have also noticed the influence of using heat on my hair and I am trying to find a healthy balance. (Right now I am staying away from heat until I figure out how to make it work in healthy hair care routine.) Please note that I apply heat mainly to be able to trim my hair and at family gatherings when I want to wear my hair out (My family supports me in being natural, but they respond better to my hair being contained {french roll / bun} or pressed).

  • Sabrina says:

    I love doing Twist Outs over Braid Outs, the braids are to time consuming in putting and taking out. All I need is to put some of my flaxseed homemade gel in my hair and twist it. Take them out the next day and those bad boys look good enough to eat lol. But you have to do with what makes your hair feel and look the best style wise, and for me Twists win every time.

  • Star says:

    Twistouts are my staple. They work best for my hair & give me more definition. Braidouts give me a crinkled sorta of frizzy look. I don't really care for them unless I plan on styling my hair in a roll or the front of my hair in a hump. The braids enlongate which helps make styling more easy.

  • TMS says:

    Great idea abstuse-fangrl!

    I just did my first braid-out today and I definitely like the results. I'm going to try your method next.

    Thanks for sharing your techniques.


  • Anonymous says:

    I'm transitioning right now and I've discovered that (wet) braid-outs blend the two hair textures the best with a minimum of fuzz and maximum of definition. Once I BC, I'll probably use (wet) twist-outs because the result is much closer to my natural curl pattern with less fuzz than WNGs.

  • Anonymous says:

    braid outs!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I actually do a mixture – I braid my hair from the root down for about 1/3 of the length and then twist the rest. I get the more stretched out look of a braid out w/better definition at the root, but the more curled ends of a twist out for the rest.

    Best of both worlds!

    If I have the time, I really prefer a braid & curl, with the last 1/2 to 2/3 of my hair set on a flexi rod. That gives me the best results over all.

  • Unknown says:

    I think I prefer braid outs because they give me more definition and last longer than twist outs..however braidouts take longer for me to do and longer to take down…

  • Skeeta says:

    I adore dry cornrow outs. Briads (plaits) look too crinkly for my fine hair but a fat cornrow with twisted ends looks very curly and has way more stretch/length then a twistout. I think when my hair gets longer I will revisit braid (plait) outs when I can make them fatter so that they are not crinkly.

  • Anonymous says:

    Twists outs work better for me than braid outs.

  • BlackBetty says:

    I tried my first braid out a week or so ago. I just unraveled the braids and left my hair alone. It was gorgeous, lasted longer than if I fluffed my hair and I received compliments deluxe. The twist outs don't last that long on my hair, regardless of what products I use.

  • beautifulmia says:

    I'm currently transitioning 8months and i can't get my twist outs to last more than one day, but i do love the look. Maybe if my hair was longer it would last more than one day.

  • Arianna says:

    I really like both I'd have to say a braid out look holds for a long time and the waves are really defined that stays longer,def takes longer to do
    and with twists putting them in is easy,taking them out is easy and the twist out look is more wispy wavy and influenced much more by sleeping/sun/fog/wind they take more out of ur hair

  • mood_indigo says:

    I prefer twist outs. Braid outs are more frizzy to me. Maybe my braids are too small…

  • Anonymous says:

    twist outs give me better definition.

  • Rannisha says:

    IMO, 3-strand twists give the absolute best CURL definition, braidouts give good crinkle definition, and 2-strand twists give wonderful wave definition.

  • TXKikiND says:

    I'm transitioning so I don't know if that's why my braidouts look better than my twistouts. I can't get my twit outs to last more than a day. However, I can stretch a braid out to 2 days max.

  • Kimberly says:

    Wow, I like this question, Now i read the first response, you do twist on dry hair. So what is your process after washing, blow drying and then going back with product to twist?

  • Anonymous says:

    I think that I love braid outs better. Even though it takes longer to do, you can see my length more and im starting to like the longer look more than my shrunken twistouts

  • Anonymous says:

    I do not like braid outs on my hair (4a ish, shoulder length stretched). Braidouts give my hair a crimped look (you remember that 80's style!) Maybe my braids are too small? I like the spiral look that I get with twistouts, and I like doing them dry with product to hold (Shea Moisture Masque works fabulously). Wet twistsets look like jheri curls on my head, even when fully dried.

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