twist out natural hair style
twist out natural hair style

12 Tips to Keep Twist Outs Looking Awesome Overnight and Longer!

By Jacqueline Samaroo

The twist out is a favorite natural hair style among naturalistas. It helps to protect your textured hair and at the same time, it’s a way to show off and celebrate your curly hair. However, achieving an awesome twist out takes some effort, so getting the style to last more than just a few hours is something to really strive for.

Here are 12 tips that will help you create a twist out with greater hold so you can depend on it looking well-defined and bouncy on day 1, day 2, day 3, … you get the picture!

1. Detangle completely.

Detangling your hair fully before you do the twists will give you twist out curls that are smoother and much more defined. It will also help to reduce breakage as you twist and untwist your hair.

2. Use water.

The curls of your twist out will get better definition if you do the twists on damp or wet hair. Have a spray bottle of water on hand to spritz your hair as you go.

3. Use a butter-oil-gel combination.

This combination works to lock in moisture, add shine, and increase hold. Choose products that will also nourish your natural hair like shea or mango butter, aloe vera gel, and nutrient-rich oils, such as coconut oil or almond oil.

4. Use a curl cream.

Select a curl cream that is formulated for your natural hair type and offers some amount of hold so the curls will stay longer after you undo the twists. You can check out some awesome curl cream suggestions here.

5. Do hair in sections.

Part your hair into several smaller sections and work on one section at a time – spritzing with water, adding products, then doing the twists. This gives you better control over how much of each product you use and how well it is applied to your hair.

6. Do smaller twists.

Bigger isn’t always better. Smaller is the way to go when it comes to a twist out natural hair style that you want to last.

7. Use the right twisting technique.

Keep each strand of your two-strand twist separate all the way down to the end of the twist. If one strand seems thinner than the other as you work your way down, avoid taking hair from the other one to make up for it. It’s better to just start the twist over.

8. Coil the ends or twist them loosely.

Frizzing is the thing we fear most when it comes to keeping a twist out going for extended periods. You can minimize the chances of frizzing if you resist the urge to twist right down to the end of each twist. Try coiling it around your finger, instead.

9. Dry completely before untwisting.

Be patient! Let your twisted hair dry completely first and your twist out will be more defined and less prone to frizzing – we guarantee it!

10. Leave your twists in longer.

Keeping the twists for at least overnight is good. But, if you really want them to last, consider wearing them for a day or two before doing the twist out. Think of the twists as  one natural hair style you can rock for a while then transform into another gorgeous style!

11. Use the right separation technique.

The golden rules here are (1) Don’t over-separate and (2) Don’t over-fluff. Either one will make naturally curly hair frizzy and your style won’t last as long as you want. If you need to add some volume to your twist out, try fluffing it from the roots, instead.

12. Avoid touching your hair after separation.

Whether you think your hair looks sooo good, you simply can’t stop touching it or you think it just needs a little tiny bit of fixing here and there – hands off! The more you manipulate your twist out the less time you’ll have to enjoy it.

And don’t forget … Protect your style at night!

It’s extremely important that you protect your twist out while you sleep. You can do one or a combination of these:

  1. Put your hair up in a pineapple if it is long enough.
  2. Gather your hair in sections and use scrunchies or hairbands to make loose ponytails.
  3. Gather your hair in sections and make large, loose twists.
  4. Retwist your hair.
  5. Wrap a silk or satin scarf around your edges.
  6. Sleep in a silk or satin bonnet.

Do you have any other twist out tricks up your sleeve? Let us know!