5 Tips for the Perfect Twist Out

By: Ebony Clark aka Eclark6

Eclark6 fabulous Instagram Naturalista shares her hair regimen and tips for her signature natural hairstyle, the two strand twist out. Video Tutorial at the End

Achieving the best Twist Out starts with hair that’s freshly cleansed, intensely conditioned, and moisturized. Although my regimen varies, I generally shampoo my hair every two weeks and co-wash once or twice a week. Currently, I’m using Godiva shampoo bar by LUSH, Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa conditioner, Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In or Cantu Shea Butter leave-in (both used as moisturizers), coconut oil, and castor oil.

Here are a few steps to achieving an awesome twist out.

Natural Hairstyle


Step 1: I begin by pre-pooing with coconut oil and finger detangling. Prior to shampooing, lightly mist hair with water to make it easier to manipulate. Divide hair into about 5-6 sections (more if your hair is shorter) and clip. One by one, massage a sufficient amount of extra virgin coconut oil into the scalp and gently work it down the hair shaft. Coconut oil lifts dirt, nourishes, and helps minimize moisture loss when shampooing. Briefly detangle with fingers, remove shed hairs, and twist each section. Cover with a plastic cap and wrap with a towel or satin scarf for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Read: Shampooing Natural Hair

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Step 2: Shampoo

Without unraveling the twists rinse hair well and shampoo once (unless more is needed), mainly concentrating on the scalp. Blot hair with a t-shirt or microfiber towel, then apply conditioner. Gently squeeze it into each twist, cover, and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Preferably, in the shower, individually unravel twists and detangle under running water with a wide toothed comb. Follow up with a denman brush or tangle teezer for smoother results, and re-twist each section before moving on to the next one. Make sure hair is rinsed thoroughly.

Check out the rest of the steps on the NEXT PAGE


17 thoughts on “5 Tips for the Perfect Twist Out

  1. Ercira Dominguez (Ercy Polanco)

    Hello, I want a T-Shirt that say I LOVE MY NATURAL HAIR, now I’m living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,I have a natural hair since a few month, I’ve receiving a several critics about this but I like it as is, I’m feel free using natural hair.

  2. Sarah Bratt

    ok this may be a beginner question but I’m a white mama trying to twist out my brown baby’s hair 🙂 I’ve done flat rope twist on her before when you twist the 2 strands in one direction and then twist them over one another in the opposite direction. Is this how you should twist when doing a twist out? DO you even twist the strands themselves before twisting them together? Thanks!

  3. GB

    To whom it may concern, Thanks to much of your information regarding my natural hair is growing at a steady pace, and my spots of scaring alopecia has hair growing.


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