For a twist out I pretty much follow similar steps as for a braid out. I find that a twist out gives me a more “natural” looking curl pattern because it is less crinkly than a braid out and looks more like curls.
1) Start with slightly damp hair that has been detangled. For a less defined look you can start w/dry hair. Apply the leave-in conditioner of your choice. I personally like Kinky Curly Leave-in or Rusk Brilliance for my twist outs.
2) Use a light oil (not grease) on top of the leave-in. I prefer to use Olive or Safflower Oils.
3) For more hold particularly if you hair is fine you may apply gel like Ecostyler or Aloe. I sometime use shea butter for a lighter hold. I do not recommend butters for very fine hair though as it can weight it down too much.
5) Put hair in a minimum of 15 twists. The more twists the tighter the curls. I usually do around 20-30.
6) Allow the twists to dry completely. You may sit under a dryer to speed up this process.
7) Carefully undo the twists. For a fuller look you can separate the sections of the twist out.
8) Retwist at night into about 7 or 8 twists for maintenance.