Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tips and Tricks for Two-Strand Twists

Two-strand twists are one of the cutest styles a natural can rock, but they're definitely time-consuming and labor-intensive! I learned this about a month ago, when I tried them for the very first time.

The results were cool, not perfect. But then, my friends and readers seriously CAME THROUGH with some tips for succesful twisting. I was so surprised... and grateful. Now, the next time I carve out two hours out of a day to twist, I can make sure my effort is not at all in vain.

I've been meaning to share those very tips with everyone else, so... here they are. :o)

A note: Some of the advice varies depending on the person (twist while wet? twist while dry?) so use the tips that you think will work best for your hair.


"If you want to have those smooth even twists with little shrinkage start with a good pre-poo and a co-wash. I use a cheap drugstore cholesterol deep conditioner like Queen Helene. I mix in coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, collagen, silk amino acids, keratin, and honey. I know, it sounds like a lot but all the ingredients are easy and cheap to buy either at your local drugstore, online or at the health food grocer. I just like to add a few table spoons of each and up the conditioning. I then co-wash with a cheap 99-cent conditioner like White Rain, Vo5, or Suave. Hair comes out so soft and smooth. By the way, I usually condition overnight as I sleep." -- tgirl


"I always twist when hair is very wet with a good leave in conditioner. I use Devachan Condition One. Smells great. I twist with some Palmer's Olive Oil--bought at the dollar store and Miss Jessie's Butter Creme (the most expensive item I use these days). The butter creme has a more oil based hold and keeps the frizz down for days. You won't have to use much cause it's pretty concentrated." -- tgirl

"I'd suggest you use gel. When I twist, I apply a leave in, then I use Garnier Fructis curl cream (heavy hold). I also will use aloe vera gel sometimes, but the Garnier works well. Also, as I'm doing each twist, I coat it with castor oil to seal in moisture, then once again on the ends." -- T-Dot


"Take a rattail comb and place it behind your ear. Draw a line, through your hair, with it, all the way to your other ear. You've got two sections now. From there, just part the lines across -- don't worry about getting perfect lines within each line. I'll make some of them smaller to make the twists fuller in places, and thicker to thin them out in others. After a few times, you'll get the hang of it!" -- T-Dot

"The more you do it the easier it gets to get the partings even. I don't have perfect lines cause once it's all done I can't see much of my scalp anyway! As long as the twists are going in the right direction for the style I'm going for and the twists are of equal thickness I'm good to go!" -- tgirl


"To cut down on frizz/puffing at the crown, make sure your hair is pretty well soaked when you do your twists. Not a spritz. It needs to be wet. Then, coat it with your products (gel or oil or what have you) to seal that moisture in. For those wayward twists (and to give me a little more control) I'll pin the twists down as I do them, row by row, with duckbill clips. keeps them close to your head. I sleep at night with a scarf tied around them tightly and then oil and shake in the morning." -- T-Dot

"For the puffy roots, try braiding at the roots and then continuing with twists." -- KCurly


"To stretch your twists, once done, blast them with the blow dryer while stretching them downward. Helps them to extend a bit -- kinda like blowdrying your hair with a pick. It won't be hanging hard, but they will be a little longer." -- T-Dot

"For shrinkage, I twist on almost dry hair or completely dry hair. It takes longer but the length shows more." -- KCurly


"For those rebellious ends: twist all the way to the end. Don't be lazy and stop when you get close. Follow through. And coil them with oil once finished." -- T-Dot

"Dunking the ends in a little water helps them to curl/coil up." -- KCurly

"Twist to the ends and coil aronnd your finger to tame the ends. I have the same problem with crazy wild ends." -- tgirl


"...it's nice during a movie :)" -- KCurly

(Shout out to T-Dot, tgirl, and KCurly. Thanks for the advice, ladies!)


Laquita said...

Great tips - two-strands and twist-outs are my favorite styles :o)

Black girl with long hair said...

um... this is a DOPE article! like, i needed to hear ALL of this. great post!

Mae said...

Great advice! I'll definitely consider some of these tips for my 2nd try at two-strand twists : )

RonniMo said...

I have really good results when I condition my hair, rinse, put conditioner on the hair again and shampoo on the scalp, rinse, put on Vitamin E Oil, apply in leave-in conditioner liberally, (my favorites are Alaffia Hair Lotion-it's organic and Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness Leave-In Conditioner), warm up some shea butter in a glass jar until it's liquid and start twisting from there. Then I tie my hair up overnight and depending on how much product I've used, it's ready to go by morning or mid-day. I find that the shea butter keeps the hair moisture in and it's better to apply it all over my head (before the hair dries) before I start twisting so it can keep in some of the water's moisture. For length (and to avoid a hair dryer) sometimes I do a faux french braid by pulling the top section into a small ponytail, pulling the first part down and combining it with a second mid-section, and combining that with a third bottom section and with the ponytail that makes, I use hair ties (always snagless) down the length of it so that it keeps the hair sort of taut. Then I wrap my hair and undo in the next day or so. Hope this helps someone out there!

Meneka Cash said...

Thanks for all the tips will be trying all of these methods for my first attempt to two strand twist Meneka

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