What is stopping your twist outs from being great?

It can be extremely frustrating to spend time prepping for a twist out, only for it to last one day at best.  This happened to me the last week. I stepped outside and I immediately detected my definition slowly disappearing. By the end of the day I knew tomorrow would have to be a puff day.   So what are the factors that determine whether or not you have a great twist out that lasts?



I recently discovered that you don’t have to live in Florida to experience the effects of humidity. Here in the Portland, I decided to take advantage of the one day it wasn’t raining, only to discover that the moisture in the air was still very much present.  When the weather is not cooperating, consider accepting that your twist out may only last a day or two. Try styles that do not require you to leave your entire hair out, like side puffs or Mohawks. This way, you can still enjoy the definition of a twist out but not have to worry as much if your hair becomes a little frizzy. Avoid products with a heavy amount of glycerin, the less glycerin the better. Use products that provide a firm hold for your styles, consider using a small amount of gel such as flaxseed gel.  Check out Jenell’s video below with a review of great products for twist outs.



Your hair needs a trim

Split ends will create frizz, which is a component of a failed twist out. Ensure that your ends are healthy by keeping them well moisturized and trimmed regularly.  Clipping off damaged ends will give your hair a healthier appearance overall.  If your two strand twists are not secured well at the ends,  they can unravel overnight or throughout the day. This will create more frizz, which will be noticeable upon take down.  Trimmed, moisturized ends ensure your twists hold well and maintain the desired definition when they are taken down.

Head wrap updo day.

Head wrap updo day.


Keep those cuticles closed

Remember when you wash your hair with warm water, the cuticles open and allow moisture to enter.  At the end of a wash, put the hair under cold water, as cold as you are able to stand. Cold water will close up the cuticles and encourage them to lay flat. Closed cuticles lead to smoother hair strands and hence shinier hair with less frizz.  This is the formula for a successful twist out.  Use products with a ph level on the acidic side.  Aloe vera juice for instance is great for preventing and combating frizz.  At the end of a wash, pour some aloe vera juice over your hair to seal and close the cuticles.  Aloe vera gel is also great, for smoothing down your edges.



Not allowing the hair to dry

This usually occurs if you have to go out, and can no longer allow any more time for drying.  The result is usually puffy, undefined twists.  The hair must be completely dry for your twists to be most defined. Even the slightest moisture can cause that section to puff up and frizz.  Consider wearing your two strand twists in a style if your hair isn’t completely dry.  There are plenty of ways to wear two strand twists. When prepping your twists do so neatly, so they can easily be worn in a protective style. Medium to large twists can make great protective styles as well, so it doesn’t have to be more time consuming.  Wearing your hair in a protective style for a couple of days will benefit your hair and prevent any worries about the twists drying completely.


The hair wasn’t detangled thoroughly

When you are short for time you are more likely to cut corners with your hair regimen, especially when detangling. This may have several consequences; more bad hair days may be one.  If the hair isn’t toughly detangled this is a recipe for more frizz and less uniformity with your twists. It may not be as noticeable when installing your twists, but when taking the twists out, you may run into some problems.  When separating the hair to create more volume, you may find hair that is fused together and doesn’t want to separate if it hasn’t been detangled properly.   The more you separate the more frizz created.  Thoroughly detangled hair will naturally separate where it was twisted.   Separating is the most vulnerable stage of a twist out.  If you want voluminous and defined twist outs you should detangle thoroughly. This may actually save you time overall, as trying to fix a failed twist out can also be time consuming.


Twist outs done on wet/damp hair have more definition.

Twist outs done on wet/damp hair have more definition.


You’re not using enough oil

Natural oils such as olive or coconut help prevent frizz when doing twist outs. Not only should they be applied for sealing, they should also be used when taking the twists out.  It is easy to forget to do this, but it is an important step for a good twist out.  Apply oil to the twists before taking them out; also apply some to your fingers. This will ensure the hair can separate easily and your fingers glide smoothly through the hair with little to no friction.


You prepare your twist outs on dry hair

Twist outs work best on freshly washed, damp and thoroughly detangled hair.  They can be done on dry hair which has been sprayed with water and had product applied to it, but this may not give you the greatest definition.   The latter method will create elongated twists and even more volume, but the twists may be less defined.  Twist outs done on dry hair may not last as long either and begin to look more like a blow out or fro after a couple of days. This applies especially to kinkier textures.


What do you think stops your twist outs from being great at times? Please share your thoughts below.


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