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Curly Nikki’s First ‘Dry’ Set Twist-Out

By January 27th, 202161 Comments

Curly Nikki's First 'Dry' Set Twist-Out
Hola Chicas!

I’m running out the door, late as hell, but had to share these results. This is my first dry twist-out!

On Sunday night, after washing with CURLS Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream, and conditioning and detangling with Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment, I blotted dry (75%), applied a bit of CURLS Milkshake and put my hair into 10 big twists. This was the ‘stretching’ process for the actual style.

On Monday afternoon I took down one twist at a time, finger detangled, and smoothed with my Denman Paddle Brush (reviews coming soon). With wet hands I applied a dime sized amount of CURLS Curl Souffle to each section and re-twisted. No rollers. I put on a satin scarf to protect my crown (twists dangling down), and let it set over night.

This morning, I took the twists down one by one, gently separated them, and used my fingers to rake through my roots. I applied a bit of Jonathan’s Polishing Gloss, and VIOLA! A soft, wavy, stretched set! The Souffle left my hair VERY moisturized, it doesn’t have much hold, so we’ll see how it looks after a day of running around in the humidity.

Curly Nikki's First 'Dry' Set Twist-Out

Sorry for the blur… you can see the shape though

Curly Nikki's First 'Dry' Set Twist-Out
I didn’t think my dry hair would take to twists… I’ve done dry braid-outs in the past, but this is a first! I hope it’s something I can keep in my winter rotation. I think I still prefer to have the ends rolled because I like a shorter, bobbed look… what can I say, I love chin length hair! Plus, it makes my fine hair appear fuller. What do you guys think?

Do you do dry twist-outs? Which products do you use? What’s your process?


  • Cheryl says:

    Nikki, I love your hair too! FYI,lots of the product links are dead. 🙁

  • foxynoir says:

    <3 it! looks so soft and lushy lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome! I love the length and shine@;)

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, I've been wanting to try some of these products as well but they are so pricey. Of the CURLS products you used for your dry twist- out, which do you credit with giving the most definition/ helping most with your results? Or, would you recommend trying the whole line for best results?

  • Anonymous says:

    Fabulous look! I am growing out my hair with help of Wen followed by a keratin deep conditioner (wish Wen had a keratin product!) and then Extenzz (to prevent hair from shrinking) and finally the body shop cocoa body butter. After what feels like centuries of fighting my hair I am finally working WITH it and constantly shocked that my hair looks healthier natural and that it can grow with TLC!

  • The Mane One says:

    Your hair looks great Nikki.

    I LOOOOOVE dry twist outs. I co-wash with Jane Carter's Conditioner or One 'N' Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner and detangle with a denman brush. Wide toothed combs don't detangle enough in my opinion. Then I rinse out most of the condtioner. When my hair is 85% dry, I add about 12-15 twists into my hair using shea butter and coconut oil. I'll usually leave them in for about two days then release. VOILA!

  • Natural Hair Growth says:

    Your hair looks great. It's growing quite long.

  • Sarah @ says:


    I use CURLS on my daughter too. We pretty much use their whole line with the exception of the cleanser.

  • Roxanne says:

    Beautiful!! Your hair looks SUPER healthy and shiny, work it girl lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    Can I take your hair and attatch it to my head please? Your hair is georgous girl!

  • Lynnieluve says:

    I love the length Nikki!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I think she said she's using the online curls brand. It's defnitely different from whats in the stores. Nikki, I love your dry twist-out. I think your hair looks great showing more length than normal. Wear it proud!

  • BlondeByDesire says:

    Love it Nikki. Are you using the Curls (online) product line or the Target brand?

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    OMG!! Your hair is breathtakingly, amazingly beautiful. Your hair is well defined, shiny, and just gorgeous. I may have to try some new products. If you get a chance check out my new blog post, I just made BSL. I'm so excited! Check it out at

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  • Anonymous says:

    I think you found your new "do". I love your famous tnc but this is even more fabulous!!! I didn't know your hair was so long.

  • Anonymous says:

    gorgeous as always Nikki!

  • Frances says:

    Love it Nikki…it gives you a different look. (Smile). Oh yeah and I did the Twist and Curl with the Aussie Moist and Garnier Curl Gel – loved it. Will send you pics soon. Baby Faryn is keeping me busy…

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair always looks nice, but this is the BEST result yet….so nice, shiny, and defined. You look like a model. The blurred pic actually has a nice artsy affect to it.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @ anon, I'll be looking into that Hairveda! I googled it and it sounds yummy!

    @ anon, not sad, just tired! So tired, lol! Baby G slept great last night but I was still kinda beat. Plus it was raining outside and my moods are greatly affected by the weather, lol. I love rainy days when I have no where to go… very comforting. But if I've gotta go out in it… yuck.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thanks ladies! I'm home after a day of running around in 80% humidity and constant sprinkles. My hair did better than expected…a little frizz but nothing horrendous. This will be a perfect style for the cold, dry days of winter 🙂

    Thanks again!

  • Julissa says:

    Very nice

  • jfrierson09 says:

    Beautiful results Nikki! I really like it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Excellente Nikki, me encanta! I love your hair so defined, you should do this more often. I've been transitioning for 10 months and have been using dry bantu knot outs for the last 5 months. For me, doing it dry has had majorly different (meaning better) results than doing it wet. I use Cantu Shea Butter on mine but am looking for something to bring shine to my hair so I think it's time to try this Curls product!

  • Unknown says:

    I do them mid-week when my twist-out get too frizzy or has simply turned into a fro. Step in the shower, let the steam soften it up and then add a lil' butter and twist. That's it.

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  • beautywithcurls says:

    Looks Great On You!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I just did a dry twist out with EcoStyler Olive Gel mixed with coconut and JBCO. Perfectly moisturizing for this dry windy weather we are having in LA.


  • SaBrina says:

    I really do love the shine on your hair just curious have you tried vaseline on it? I was just looking at a fellow Youtuber "Thecreativelady" for her video Vaseline and Natural Hair | My Results and it really looks good. I might have to try some of this since I have some at home. But if you ever decide to cut some of your hair can I have some of it.. just kidding.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this DRY-SET twist-out technique Nikki – I can't wait to try it!

    I prefer overnight twistouts because I'm too self conscious to wear little natties to work; my hair's at that awkward stage, 4-5 inches.

    My twistouts get frizzy because they're not dry-set-whatever enough when I untwist in the am.

    Stretching and dry twisting SHOULD help! I don't want to blow dry my 4c hair. It's dry enough.

    Right now I'm using Cantu and Giovanni. I like them but my roots frizz and pouf.

    1. Cantu Shea butter conditioning cream smells lovely and doesn't leave my twistouts "product-y" hard.

    2. Giovanni Leave in is so smoothing, I sometimes co-wash with it prior to twisting.

    Neither product leaves my hair "soft" to touch (it's 4c y'all!), but they're not as drying or stiffening as some of the other twist products I've tried (Garnier cream-gel, KCCC, MJ's Stretch silkening, Eco-Styler).

    I really want to try the KeraCare product for my overnight twist outs – will wait to read more reviews.


  • Anonymous says:

    I think it's pretty, Nikki! I prefer dry twist/braid outs because I get fuller, more stretched hair. Wet ones are too curly and defined with too much shrinkage for my taste. I dry twist/braid with Oyin Whipped Shea or either Oyin Shine & Define. I'll wear a satin scarf if I keep them in overnight because the scarf holds my twists/braids in place better than a cap.

  • Anonymous says:

    I now love dry twist outs! I didn't have much success with them this summer, but now that it's colder it's a great alternative look. After stretching, I use Jane Carter's nourish and shine. I find that it's the right density for my hair. It makes for a soft,curly, and reasonably defined look.

  • CrystalJ says:

    Two words: GAW JUS!!!!!

    You betta work Nikki!!

  • mood_indigo says:

    I did a dry twist out last night using Nourish and Shine by Jane Carter. Not enough hold for my hair but I love the fullness and stretch that I get with the dry set. Now I just need to find the perfect product for this style.

  • kaydensmum says:

    Your hair is gorgeous and you're beautiful!! I like both ways so it's good you have options.

  • NaturalSinceBirth says:

    Wow! Its super defined and it definitely shows off that length you have. Beautiful 🙂

  • Curly Chic says:

    Love it! Your results are always awesome! Thanks!
    Tammy G

  • Anonymous says:

    It is super defined! Love it.

  • KCAS says:

    It's simply perfect!!! Even the length!! I wish I could get such nice results with twists…

  • MsCrystal says:

    Oooo, it looks great, Nikki!! Love it!

  • Lanee says:

    Very nice! I did a dry twist out with KeraCare and like it. Yours of course looks 1000x cuter! How do you plan on maintaining the style?

    OAN: Are the Curls products that are sold at Target the same quality as online?

  • Shakirah says:

    Did a dry twist last night with shea moisture deep treatment masque. Can't wait to see the twist out. So far, the twists themselves look great! I can actually wear them as a style for a few days!

  • Anonymous says:

    Just did a dry twist out last night with Curls whipped cream; best twist out ever! The smell is so yummy and this morning my twists were so soft and defined with little to no frizz. I know they say their products have no hold, however, so we'll see how it looks tomorrow, but LOVING it today!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very pretty! I love it, especially shine. I think this style still has your hair looking pretty full. I've done dry twists using hairveda's whipped clouds (it's a fluffy cream that only is recommended to use on dry hair instead of wet) and have found that it gets pretty full after a day or so. ~KF519

  • Jay-Jay says:

    I LOVE IT!!!! Well defined!! I can't wait until my chin length braidouts reach shoulder length!!

  • Kellistarr says:

    Yeah, I like it. I think I'm going to try this process, adding a little gel for hold. Another great style for winter when I'm wearing my hats and want to look super cute when I take it off.

  • aubin says:

    Looks great! I do dry twist outs all the time and usually I get greater volume with the dry set. Maybe with some more experimentation you can get a fuller look.

  • Jeannette says:

    Great results!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, amazing!!! You're hair looks great. Now I want to try CURLS products. I've tried a dry twist out and it looked a hot mess, maybe if I tried this method it would work out.

    Simply beautiful!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love it. Let us know how it holds up.

  • luvmylocs says:

    cute! it looks full and shiny. i appreciate you documenting all your steps and products (as always).

  • Kristen says:

    Very Cute!! Very shiny too. My hair used to be thick like this until recently when it started shedding for some reason. Don't know. But hopefully it'll get back to looking like yours soon!! Guess I'll have to try that Curls stuff! :o)

  • Anonymous says:

    its cute!!! it looks longer than usual, more defined than usual, but to me it doesnt look as big, but im sure it will get bigger as the day goes on…but you look kinda sad in the pics…or maybe gia has u wore out lol

  • kitka82 says:

    Magnifique! I have not yet attempted a dry twist-out, but I can't wait to try this style when my hair gets longer.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love Love Love the definition and it looks so shiny! Going to try this.

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks great! I love CURLS products. I use the Quenched Curls Moisturizer and the Curl Gel-les'c daily for my wash & go.

  • Tiffany says:

    Looks great as usual.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • Curly Film Chick says:

    love it!

  • Unknown says:

    Very nice. I love the definition.

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    Hotness!!! This is the best I've seen your hair look in a long time. The definition is outstanding!

  • Anonymous says:

    Super cute!!! Love!

  • Queen of My Castle says:

    I love it!

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