If there is one thing I have mastered on my natural hair journey it is twist outs and braid outs. They are my thing and my go-to style.
Nowadays, it is very rare that results of a twist out or braid out end up a failure.
I have gotten so good at doing them, I pretty much know when they will fail.
Most of the time that depends on if I tried new products or did not let my hair completely dry.
In this post, I wanted to share with you my top tips to help you achieve the ultimate twist out or braid out every single time.
Before You Wash Your Hair
CHECK THE WEATHER
Nothing can ruin a perfect twist out or braid out like mother nature.
Thus, it is important that you know your environment and check the weather before you decide to do a twist out.
Plus, everyone hair acts differently in a different environment.
This is why you notice a lot of naturals tend to tweak their regimen a bit during the winter months.
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Rain and Humidity can ruin a perfect twist out the moment you step outside.
Every notice on a rainy day or a super humid day that by the end of the day your perfect twist out is a frizzy and a puffy mess.
Save yourself some time and check the weather.
If it’s going to be a super humid day or rainy week I typically just opt to do a wash n go or rock a puff.
No need to waste energy on a perfect twist out just for it to be ruin within the next few hours.
WET OR DRY
Next, you want to decide whether you want to achieve your twist out on dry or wet hair.
Deciding on dry hair save you a trip in the shower.
I personally find that I achieve the best twist out results whenever I do them on wet hair.
Both styles have their pro’s and cons.
- Typically get better definition
- Hairstyle tends to last a lot longer
- Experience shrinkage
- Less definition
- More length because you tend to suffer less shrinkage
- Dry time is a lot shorter
Check out this post on how to achieve a great braid out on dry hair
Know Your Porosity
When you know your porosity than you know how to properly moisturize your hair.
The key to having a perfect twist out every single time is making sure your hair is moisturized. Moisturized hair means your hairstyle will last longer, including keeping the frizz in check.
Moisturized hair also means that you can hide twist that did not come out that perfect.
People will overlook a few frizz when your hair is moisturized, shiny and full of life.
Tips when Twisting your Hair
1) Always work on moisturized hair. Trying to twist or braid your hair on super dry hair will lead to unnecessary damage.
Even if you choose to do your twist out on dry hair your still need to go in with your favorite moisturizers before you beginning to twist.
2) Determine your section size. If you want a more fluffy look and less definition then do your twist in bigger sections.
If you want to achieve a more defined look than doing your twist out or braid out on middle to small size sections will help you achieve that look.
3) Always work on throughly detangled hair. If you try to twist or braid your hair on hair that is not detangled you will cause unnecessary breakage.
In addition, when its time to take down your twists you will cause unnecessary frizz because your hair is tangled within each other.
4) Section your hair how you want your hair to lay, especially if you are a type 4 natural. Our hair tends to fall in the way we twist it.
So if you want a side part or middle part make sure you section your hair that way instead of trying to create the parts when your hair dries.
5) For twist outs, you want to twist the strands as you twist your hair. This will keep your hair from unraveling. You can check out this video for a better understanding.
6) For braid outs, if you want great definition make sure as you are plaiting your hair to pull tight so that you can get super good definition.
1) Before you unravel your hair make sure that your hair is completely dry. One way to ruin a perfect twist out is to unravel before they are ready.
2) Take your time unraveling your twist, ESPECIALLY if you are doing flat-twist or braid outs. I promise you when you rush it will cause unwanted frizz.
3) If you want your hairstyle to last longer don’t do too much separate within the first few days of your hairstyles.
In addition, you will that with braid outs and flat twists that you do not have to do too much separation.
4) Stay out of your hair. Constant touch can ruin your twist out because it can cause frizz and tends to create more volume.
5) Tye your hair up at night. Sleep with your hair loose will ruin all your work. Forget just creating frizz. Your hair will be absolutely gone. You can check out how I make my twist out last all week down below.