4 Tips To Getting Your Most Amazing Twist-Outs

4 Tips To Getting Your Most Amazing Twist-Outs


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Ahhh, the twist-out. The style that may take a lot of prep work but typically yields jaw-droppingly gorgeous results that we natural haired ladies love. Sometimes they can be a little tricky, particularly if you’re just trying to figure things out with your natural hair. To help perfect those twist-outs so you can have some of the best hair days of your life, here are some tips on getting amazing hair.

1. Start with wet hair. Typically curling creams and gels work best on already saturated hair.  Have you ever tried to add moisturizer to already dry hair? Doesn’t work so well, right?  Wetting your hair before applying your styling product can help work wonders for your twist-out’s definition and longevity.

2. Use the proper product. As natural hair product junkies, we all tend to try so many products in an attempt to find the ones that work wonders for our hair types. There are so many products on the market, but we’ve observed that typically for looser curl types, products that fall in the “hair milk” category tend to work well. And for those of us with tighter curl patterns, typically something like a pudding or a butter works wonders.


Two to try:

curling-souffleShea Moisture Shea Souffle



Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

And don’t forget regular gel can work wonders, too. Celebrity hairstylist Gabrielle Corney (Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price entrusts Gabrielle with her curls for HSN appearances) has also done amazing twist-outs for her clients by working in Eco Styler gel into small twists and then sitting them under the dryer. The result is awesomely defined hair that lasts 4-5 days without needing to be re-twisted at night.

3. Know the type of results you’re after. This is just as easily said as done but if you want a tighter, more defined twist-out, make smaller twists. For a chunkier, fluffier look, go bigger.

4. Have patience. Unfortunately the prep work behind a twist-out will be some work, but try to put it into your routine so it doesn’t seem like it. You could get a good 3/4 of your hair twisted while watching your favorite TV show.

Are you a twist-out master? What other tips would you add for amazing twist-outs?

-Danielle Gray

  • Shaddy Shaddyliscious Owens

    I have tighter curls (a mixture of 4b, 4c and 3c hair) and shea butter works well. I have made my own “pudding” for twist outs with shea butter, olive oil, peppermint oil, conditioner & water with a little flaxseeg gel. Works great!

  • Candace Walls

    I am a Twist-Out Master lol Regardless of what products you use to set your hair, be sure that you completely dry your twists before you twist-out. Damp hair can make or break your results! I always use an ionic hooded dryer to partially dry so that my hair will be completely dry the next morning for my fabulous Twist-Out!

  • tasha

    i gave up on the twist out. lol