Hi, guys, LaTonya here! Lately I feel like the question I get asked the most when out and about is: “How’d you get your hair like that?!” Surprisingly, I receive the question from other natural-headed women the most. I’ve noticed that most of the women I’ve met have yet to find the right products for their hair, or a go-to style for their hair. Both of these things take time and money, but once you’ve found what’s perfect for you, it’s smooth sailing from there on out!
Depending on the day, month, and season, my hair will vary in how “big” it will get, and for me that’s okay, most of the time. Thankfully, I can count on my curl pattern to be the same if I follow these exact tips I’ve outlined here for you. More importantly, by following these steps, I’ve turned the dreaded “wash day” into a small nap activity! I can hear the ” No way!” from the other side of the screen. Seriously, it’s true! 😉
Here is how I created my two-strand twist out!
When beginning any real style, I always co-wash my hair. In other words, I always wash my hair with conditioner only. This helps keep the moisture locked in. Shampoo strips your hair of vital nutrients, and it’s quite difficult to get it back. My natural hair is evidence of what I’m putting in and on my body. For me that means great food, loads of water, and great natural products as well. (Not the hair dye. Nothing about my color is natural, I’m a sucker for light brown.)
I’ve noticed that my hair looks so much better in the end if I let it air dry a bit prior to styling. If you have thick hair like mine, this will work wonders for your final style. Also, instead of washing and styling your hair at night, try doing it during the day. You want to let your hair dry out in the twists as much as possible, and it’s hard to do so when you’re sleeping on freshly twisted, damp hair.
These are a few of my go-to products, and they are what I will use for this twist-out.
-Wide tooth comb
-Raw coconut oil
After your hair dries a bit, it’s time to part it into four sections. You can do so by creating a t shape in your hair. I personally prefer a side part instead of a middle part. So after creating my t, I usually bring more hair over. It’s important to part your hair the way you want your hair to lay after you take them out.
Take your coconut oil (or any base moisturizer you use for your hair) and rub it in your palms. After rubbing, you will want to rub your hands in the hair that’s out, and then gently untangle it. At this point you can also use your wide tooth comb for gentle detangling, but I always recommend using your hands if they do the trick. Natural hair thrives when it’s left alone and isn’t pulled on or pulled out in a rough manner.
Then, take a small piece of your hair and separate it into two pieces. Grab a finger tip worth of your styling products. In my case—mousse and curly pudding. Take the tip of your finger and just rub it on your hair from root to tip, and then begin your twisting.
You want to always try and have smaller twists in your hair if you are trying to create a more defined curl pattern. If you have thick hair and large twists, they will surely come undone and leave you with an uncurled fro.
When I reach the tips of my hair, I like to grab a little more coconut oil and styling cream to moisturize and lock the ends.
Continue to separate hair, moisturize, apply products, twist, and reapply products at the end to lock each twist.
Continue following the same steps with each section. By the third section, you will probably be ready to give up and go on about your merry way with half a head. I know the feeling! At that point I sit and take a break. I try and think about how much money and time I’m saving in the long run by not having to go to the hair salon every few weeks. I think after a few times, your hands get used to doing the style, and they automatically just do the work without you really paying attention to what you’re doing.
And you’re finished twisting! I like to keep my twists in for the rest of that day and the next day to make sure they’re all the way dry. Normally, I will throw on a scarf or a hat, or wear them as is.
The next day is so incredibly easy. All you have to do is moisturize your hands with your moisturizer of choice and undo your twists.
After taking out your twists, grab your comb and just tease your roots a bit if they’re falling a little flat.
This style will last a good week or so for me, with barely any maintenance except a good moisture and large re-twist here and there. It prevents me from touching my hair too much. And it makes my busy days so much easier because I have one less thing to actually do.
I’ve fallen in love with this style over the last few months, and I feel like my hair is much more manageable since having this style. With that said, every type of hair is different. We all respond differently to various products, but from what I’ve gathered, this style is beautiful on almost all grades of natural hair and lengths too! If you have natural hair, and you haven’t tried this twist out, I hope you’ll give it a go! –LaTonya