How to Achieve the Perfect Two Strand Twist Out on 4C Hair
Twist Out on 4c Hair – How to and Top Products
As any natural with 4C hair can testify, it can be challenging to achieve the perfect two strand twist out. It takes a lot of patience and the right technique to create well-defined twists (with root to tip texture consistency) that last. But with the best practices and tools, anyone can achieve a fabulous two strand twist out on their hair. In this article, I’ll share my personal experience and tips on how to create the perfect two strand twist out–
- Step 1: Start with clean hair It’s essential to start with clean, detangled hair. Shampoo your hair (with a gentle, non sulfate shampoo), in sections, then apply a deep conditioner to help soften and detangle your curls. Rinse out the deep conditioner as you gently detangle your hair using a wide-tooth comb (or BASS brush) under the pressure of the shower stream. Re-apply deep conditioner and repeat this process as many times as necessary until the knots are gone!
- Step 2: Moisturize Your Hair The key to achieving well-defined two strand twist outs is to keep your hair moisturized. Apply a leave-in conditioner, followed by a styling product, to your hair to help seal in moisture. Some great styling products to consider are curl defining creams, gels or butters. Nikki recommends allowing your clean wet hair to air dry for a short while in a t-shirt before applying leave-in and styling products.
- Step 3: Section Your Hair Section your hair into small, workable parts. Use hair clips to separate your hair into sections, and start with the back sections before moving to the front. It’s important to work with small sections to ensure each twist is well-defined.
- Step 4: Twist Your Hair To create a two strand twist, divide your hair into two equal parts. Take one section of your hair, and twist it around the other section of your hair. Twist all the way to the end of your hair, and use a small perm rod or flexi rod to secure the end. Continue twisting until all of your hair is twisted.
- Step 5: Dry Your Hair Once you have twisted all of your hair, it’s time to let it dry. Allow your hair to air dry or use a hooded dryer to speed up the drying process. Be patient and let your hair dry completely to ensure your twist out lasts for a few days.
- Step 6: Unravel Your Twists Once your hair is dry, it’s time to unravel your twists. Start by applying a light oil to your hands to help reduce frizz. Gently unravel each twist and separate your curls to create volume. The more you separate, the bigger your hair will be. If you prefer a more defined look, manipulate and separate less– in a few days it’ll fluff out on its own!
- Step 7: Style Your Hair Once your hair is fully unraveled, style it as desired. You can wear your hair out in a twist out, or put it up in a protective style. There are many options to choose from, such as a high puff, half up half down or a messy bun.
Achieving the perfect two strand twist on 4C hair requires patience and the right technique. The key to success is to start with clean, moisturized hair and work with small, workable sections. Follow these steps, and you’ll be sure to achieve a fabulous twist out that lasts for days. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep experimenting with different products and techniques until you find what works best for you.
Best Styling Products for Twist Out on 4c Natural Hair
There are a variety of products on the market that can be used to style a two strand twist out on 4C hair. Here are some of the top products that work well for many 4C naturals:
- Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner: A good leave-in conditioner is an essential product for 4C hair. It helps to hydrate and detangle hair, making it easier to style. Some popular options include the Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner and the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner.
- Curl Defining Cream: A curl defining cream is an excellent product for creating well-defined twists on 4C hair. It adds moisture to the hair while also defining curls, helping to minimize frizz. Some popular curl defining creams include the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker and the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
- Styling Gel: A good styling gel can help to hold the twists in place and provide a smooth, defined finish. Look for a gel that is lightweight and doesn’t leave the hair feeling crunchy. The Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and the As I Am Smoothing Gel are popular options for 4C hair.
- Hair Oil: An oil can help to seal in moisture and add shine to your twist out. Some popular options for 4C hair include Jamaican Black Castor Oil, coconut oil, and argan oil. These oils are great for keeping the hair moisturized, and they also have other benefits, such as promoting hair growth and reducing breakage.
Remember, every 4C natural is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to experiment with different products and find the ones that work best for your hair. The key is to start with well-moisturized hair and work in small, manageable sections. With patience and practice, you’ll be able to achieve a perfect two strand twist out on 4C hair.