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A Dry Twist-Out Regimen

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

I painstakingly washed, deep conditioned & roller set my hair on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed this coiffure for only TWO DAYS… then the rain came and destroyed all my hopes and dreams. Dramatic much?! Yeah, I know… but I need a meteorological break from precipitation and humidity *insert deep sigh*. It’s been awhile since I tried a new ‘do and I had to do something with my frizzy, curly afro. All summer long, CurlyNikki raved about the awesomeness of dry twist sets and while I am no pro in the twisting/braiding dept, I decided to throw caution to the wind and grab Giovanni by the horns!

A Dry Twist-Out Regimen
Section by section, I detangled my hair using my fingers and a wide-tooth comb. Then I applied a generous amount of Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk and twisted it. To form the twists, I twirled 2 pieces of hair around my fingers, then twisted those pieces together. I ended up with a total of 18 twists.

A Dry Twist-Out RegimenA Dry Twist-Out Regimen
I used a bit of the curl & style milk to brush my edges back before tying them down. Then I put my scarf and bonnet on & went to bed, allowing my hair to air-dry while I slept.

The next morning I separated the twists and fluffed my hair to blend the parts…

I was pretty traumatized by my 1st [wet] twist out and had no intentions of getting back on the horse, but I was pleasantly surprised by the dry twist out. I am a fan of this process for the following reasons:

  • dry curls are sooo much easier to wrangle than wet curls
  • it only took me an hour to detangle twist my entire head (instead of 2.5 hours)
  • you can do fewer twists with dry hair, which yields a less “scalpy” finished product, without sacrificing curl definition
  • it’s easier to gauge the proper amount when applying products to dry hair
  • no heat is required to dry your hair in a timely manner

A Dry Twist-Out Regimen

Have you tried a dry twist out? What did you think?

What tips do you have for success?


  • Stacy Christie says:

    Very nice

  • tbrooksnov says:

    LOVE IT! rock THAT SIS…

  • Anonymous says:

    Dry twist outs are my favorite style. I use Curls Whipped Cream, or I dampen my fingers for each section and apply Pura Body Naturals Capucu Hair butter and the results are always great. At times, after twisting each section, I'll roll it on a satin covered sponge roller (Wal-Mart).

  • Valerie says:

    Kam – Garnier gives me a soft hold, no flakes; also I oil my fingertips when I take down my twists…

  • jada07 says:

    I have to say that dry twists outs are definitely my fave. I have gotten great results using SM coconut smoothie and curling souffle on different occasions.

  • Candace4life says:

    Her hair looks really good, and she has a really good blog. Her makeup looks good she definitely has alot of skills. I haven't tried the hairmilk from sheamoisture, but it looks interesting.

    ALso for those who use the sheamoisture curling souffle and didn't like it because it was either to oily or sticky. I saw a video recently posted by fellow YT "Thecreativelady" that combines both curling souffle with curl enhancing smoothie of sheamoisture products and this seems to yield better results. I know some of you use this in the forum but I'm not signed to it yet. Here's the link for you ladies

  • KAM says:

    OMGosh, I am LOVING your whole everything that you got going one. That hair, those earrings and those eyes. I will be giving this a go.

    Slow Strut, Rouge Lips – Not Just a Fashion Blog

  • Sham says:

    *googling Garnier fructis style curl construct mousse*

    @ Valerie: does it have a hard or soft hold?

  • Sham says:

    Thanks y'all! (my southern is showin')

    Ummm yeah… Shea Moisture is the bizness!

    @ anonymous 11:32pm: I felt the EXACT same way about twist-outs until I tried it on dry, stretched out hair. Also coiling the hair around my finger kept me from having to use perm rods on the ends.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have tried dry twists, wet twists, flat twists, and twists with the curl rods on the ends, twists in a bantu knot, and none of it worked out…at all. my wet hair ends up untwisting by morning and then it takes what feel like forever to dry. If I sound a little bitter it's because I am…LOL! I really want it to work but it just is a hot a$$ mess!

  • Valerie says:

    dry twists are AWESOME! I use Garnier Frutise style curl construct mousse! this gives mes hold and shine. i don't know if i can wet twist again. my curls are stretched and looser which is great for the many curl patterns i own…

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous!!!! I use the SM curl & style milk for my dry twist outs too, but mine never look that good. I'm gonna try your method of twirling the strands before twisting them together. Thanks for the tip and inspiration!

  • Anonymous says:

    SM curl and style milk is the truth!!!!!! I use it for all my twist outs. I usually do it on damp hair but i recently did dry hair and I loved it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very pretty result. I am definitely a fan of dry twist outs. I will go weeks without washing just to preserve it, lol. It just less fuss and I love the volume I get. I use the Curl and Style Milk as well, love that product!

  • Doc says:

    TOO FLY! i love this!

  • hairscapades says:

    Sham!! So nice to see you on here!! You know I love this twist out already:). So, so, pretty! I would only get that much curl if I rolled the twists. Still haven't mastered a dry twist out. I used to get the Tracey Ellis Ross look on a dry braid out. But, haven't seemed to get that look lately. Going to have to revisit as I keep seeing so many have nice results with dry sets (twists, braids, bantu knots). I love the volume and softness and the reduced drying time (my hair takes, like, 2 days to dry from a wet set).


  • Ashley says:

    Your hair is Super Cute!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks off the hook! I love it! I will definitely be trying this!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, very lovely curls and I'll have to retry that SM Curl Milk, thought it was too light for my hair but I lllllove the SM Curl Smoothie!

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    I have to say that you've given me encouragement. It appears our hair is quite similar in texture and my wet twist outs always fail. i hate them. They come out scalpy and piecey. I did a dry twist out once and it came out pretty good. I'm going to retry it. It also comes out pretty good if I dry twist and bantu knot it.

    I LOVE the SM curly styling milk.

  • MsChina627 says:

    My dry twist outs never come out that curly either…..then again I haven't tried the Shea Moisture line with my twist outs so maybe that's why *shrugs. Your hair looks AWESOME BTW 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I have tried them, but mine never come out as curly as yours. I've tried literally dry t/o as in no product used,just my dry hair and had wonderful results. I've also tried adding product [moisturizer] to twist and the results was even better [more curl, but still big]

    SN::you make me wanna try a curl set, but I bet my roommate coldstone ice cream that I could leave my twists in for at least 2 wks [which is VERY HARD for me to do]

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