How to Twist Hair

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Twists are one of my FAVORITE natural hair styles. If you learn how to twist hair it can be a basic style that you can use to do many others. For years I wore twists most of the time so I have to say I am great at doing my own twists. Hopefully the tips I give here will help you become just as good so you can learn how to twist hair.

Twists are great because you can do them on short, medium, or long hair. You also can vary the size of them and pin them up to have varied twist hair styles.

4 Step method to twist natural hair

1) Start with hair that is clean and detangled. Your should be dry or damp. I prefer to twist on dry hair. Determine the size of the twists you want to do- fat/large, medium, small etc…

2) Part your hair based on how you want it to lay and begin twisting at the front. Use clips or pony tail holders to hold back the section of hair you are not working with. I usually part my hair into about 5 sections.

3) Apply the holding/styling product of your choice to your fingers. I like to use shea butter.

3) Take the hair you are getting ready to twists and divide it into 2 fairly even pieces. Cross one piece over the other, make sure the roots are tight to prevent puffiness.

4) Continue to do this until you finish all of the sections of hair.

Two strand twists

I set my hair with flexirods in the picture above for a bouncy look.

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I think twists can be a great style to help minimize breakage. When my hair is twisted it seems to retain moisture well which helps to break less. I also like twists because can leave them in for a while and not redo my hair everyday. The other great thing is that when you remove twists you can have another style to wear, the twist out.

As a natural newbie I had an easy styling routine of wearing twists for 2 weeks and then a twist out for 1 week. I did that for a while until I practiced and learned new styles.

Two Strand Twists

Two Strand Twists Back View

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