Whether you’re just figuring out how to style your natural hair or you’ve been at it for a while, there’s always one thing that remains true: It’s really freakin’ hard to nail a twist-out. Like, even when you think you’re doing everything right, something goes wrong and leaves your curls looking real sad. So I reached out to our hair guru, Stasha Harris, to give us the 411 on exactly how to nail this classic Braid Up look. Ahead, seven steps that you can take to make sure your twist-out adds the perfect amount of length, volume, and texture to your natural hair every damn time.
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Step 1: Dampen your hair
Even though Stasha starts out with dry hair in the video above, wet hair is definitely the way to go if you’re recreating this at home—it’s an easy way to ensure your twist-out holds its shape. So, unless you’re a hair professional, give yourself a twist-out on wash day or pick up a spray bottle and dampen your hair as you go.
Step 2: Work in sections
Next up, separate your hair into sections. I usually split my hair into four sections, leaving out only the section that I’m currently working on and tying the rest up into a bun. This will definitely make your life easier—dealing with one section at a time will help keep your hair properly detangled, moisturized, and twisted.
Step 3: Gently detangle
Knots are never cute, especially in a twist-out. To get the best definition when you take out your twists, you need to make sure your hair is tangle-free first. Comb out each section of hair with a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb.
Step 4: Moisturize your curls
Step 5: Create a two-strand twist
First thing’s first: Decide how big or small you want your twists to be. Larger twists will create curls that are softer and less defined, whereas smaller twists will create tighter curls. After you decide on the size, grab a mini section of hair from one of the larger sections and work a curl cream through it. Split the mini section in two separate pieces and wrap them around each other as tightly as possible. Repeat this step until you complete all four sections of your hair.
Step 6: Let it dry
Patience is a virtue—you need to make sure that your hair is completely dry before you undo your twists, whether that means hitting it with a blow dryer, waiting for it to air-dry, or sitting under a hooded dryer. TBH, though, the longer your twists stay in before you undo them, the better your hair will look. So, if you can, let your hair air-dry overnight. All you have to do is wrap your hair up in a silk or satin scarf to retain moisture while you snooze.
Step 7: Untwist your hair
Once your hair is all dry, it’s time to untwist. Start by smoothing a dollop of hair oil on your fingers—it’ll help prevent frizz and keep your hair smooth as you unravel—and then slowly untwist your hair from the bottom up. Once all your twists have been undone, you can use your fingers (or a wide-tooth pick) to separate and fluff out your curls for extra volume.
The final look
And there you go! Be sure to watch the video and get ready to copy this fire look at home.
Fashion Credits: Mara Hoffman dress. Mignone Gavigan earrings.
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