Time needed: 20 minutes.
This is a video tutorial on how to twist natural hair. Twists are one of the most popular styles of natural hair. Twists can be worn out for a cute and classy style or washed out for a more casual look.
It’s a great protective style and low manipulation for transitioning naturals. Twists are super versatile, you can pretty much rock them with any look. They’re great on their own for days when my hair is feeling fragile or [when] I’m trying to keep my hands off it, and they can also be a great base for showing off some hairstyles like braids, up-dos or buns.
It looks very neat and like a professional did it. It’s also the best way to temporary set your edges to maintain length. Check out this video tutorial to learn how to twist natural hair.
- SEPARATE HAIR INTO SECTIONS
In order to twist natural hair, there are two things that will greatly enhance the process. The number one aspect for twisting natural hair is separating hair into four sections of hair. You will need four braiding clips, or if you do not have braiding clips, you can use rubber bands to divide your hair into four sections.
Separating the hair into sections is simple but it can be quite tedious. It’s essential to get the hair in separate clumps so that you can do each section correctly. However don’t spend hours on this. If you’re not a natural, put on some relaxing music and make sure you take regular breaks. You should still have fun, after all your hair is a canvas and it needs to look good!
This method is based on big-hair twists, but the small sections will help minimize frizz and flyaways. Once you wash your hair and leave it wet, divide it into four large sections: the front left, back left, front right, and back right.
Separating the hair into sections is important for healthy natural hair because it helps you comb through and remove any tangles which can cause breakage. It also evenly distributes sebum into your strands.
Now she is ready to start twisting all of it. This is the most essential step to twist hair because if you don’t do this step correctly, your twists will not be tight and well defined.
- ADD ORGANICS
Twisting hair is easy and natural hair can be twisted at home with no heat required. Give yourself a twist out after each wash or twist your hair for an entire week. Soft, manageable hair will be yours in no time at all with the help of Mielle Organics Twisting Souffle.
Natural hair can be dry, but this is no excuse to subject it to heat. Heat will damage your natural hair over time, and you will be stuck with a head full of lifeless, over-processed locks. The best and fastest way to style natural hair is by using your fingers. If you do not have time for that, then add the Mielle Organics Twisting Souffle to your hair regimen. Using the souffle will save you tons of time
Mielle Organics Twisting Souffle is a leave-in conditioning formula that helps to ensure the kinkier ones in the crowd don’t feel left out! It’s part of Mielle Organics ‘4-Piece Hair Care Collection,’ designed to keep your hair well moisturized to preserve its natural luster, softness and overall health.
If your hair is loose, it will be hard and mushy; if your hair is two-strand twisted, it won’t lock and will be wiry and unmanageable.
So it becomes important to have a plan for transitioning from twist outs, braid outs, wash and gos or any other protective style that you may be wearing to full-on natural hair. This is an assumption that all of your strands are going to want to lock. If you have a relaxed coil pattern then you might need some help getting those coils unfrizzled and set up for transition also.
- OIL SCALP
Twisting natural hair is a process that requires the scalp to be healthy and well oiled. Oil your hair after using this method for at least a month before putting your twists in. This will soften the scalp and make it easier to twist.
Organic, natural hair is dead without a healthy scalp. Therefore active hair care begins with taking good care of your hair’s roots. For this you have to give your scalp the much needed oil rigorously to nourish it.
The purpose of oiling your scalp is to promote healthy hair growth by creating space between each strand. It’s recommended that you oil your scalp weekly to retain moisture and prevent dryness. Oil acts as a sealant for your natural hair, keeping moisture locked in, which creates volume and strength.
You do this shortly after your hair is combed and in a loose ponytail. It is important to use this preventative measure because it prevents damage as well as psoriasis on the scalp. Oiling the scalp also moisturize and acts as a treatment for dry skin and dandruff.
There are two different ways you can oil your scalp off. The first is to put the oil directly on your scalp. Rub it in circular motion. Now you can take a hand full of oil and begin to coat the hairs in large sections using downward strokes, and then pin-brush them downward, as well using upward strokes then down. This second method is great for those with texture in their hair.
- TWIST HAIR
In this fourth part of the tutorial we’re going to be taking you through twisting and bonding natural hair. The twisting process is pretty easy, it just takes practice and patience. I twist my hair every night to maintain the style. When twisting hair, we must first decide on whether to use a comb or our fingers for the process. After deciding that, there are certain styles related to flipping, twisting, rolling and stacking that you might want to try.
When you are twisting the hair, you want to be sure not to overlap the previous sections of hair. You should be twisting a whole section of hair into a single twist at a time. The reason you’re doing this is so that your twists will have more texture and dimension as they dry. If you were to twist sections together, your hair will appear very flat in the width and look and feel like a stringy wig upon drying.
Your hair is smooth, but the twist will ensure that it keeps its style and shape. Using pomade or gel on your freshly twisted hair can help maintain a smoother hold or a more defined curl/curl pattern to your twist out. It is a good idea to use a little extra product on this step just because you are taming multiple strands of hair at the same time.
Being extra careful to not pull your hair, section off another strand of hair from your head and twist it. Continue twisting in this manner until you have twisted all of the strands of hair you’ve separated in step 1.
- CUT END OF THE TWIST
The last step in twisting your hair is the easiest. All you have to do is cut the end of the twist where your hair is noticeably thinner. This encourages new growth from that area. Cut plenty of hair if there is a noticeable thinning. If you cut too much, just add it to the beginning of this twist. However, do not cut more than half inch all together.
Cutting the ends of your twists is a neat way to make your style last longer. After styling, if your ends look a bit sparse, use a pair of small scissors or even nail clippers to trim them evenly and neatly.
At this point, your hair should be super stretched which makes it more susceptible to breakage. That is why you get to watch your hair like a hawk at this stage. To cut your ends before they break, you want to watch the tips of your twists for thinner pieces of hair. This way, you can cut off the thin ends before they break off on their own.
Now that you know how to make a twist out with your natural hair, it’s time to learn how to emphasize your natural curl. The next step is to cut the end of the twist where each natural strand is noticeably thinner. This will help create a more defined curl in the end results.
Cutting the hair ends of loose twists will make them blend more easily with your natural hair. Don’t cut them too short or they will look fake!
The length of the twist can be anywhere from the scalp to several inches depending on what is available in your natural hair supply. If you have a small section of hair, no bigger than an inch, then make sure you make it at least an inch long to two inches for appearance reasons. You do not want more twists than can fit on your head as this may lead to hair loss due to breakage.
Cutting the ends is very important for when you install your hairstyle. This might seem like a small step that you can just skip, but don’t. Cutting the ends keeps your hairstyle looking natural and helps reduce frizz.