At the cornerstone of a great twistout is shiny hair, defined curls, and lots of movement. When someone goes natural, the twistout is one of the first styles naturalistas try to master. But the perfect twistout can be ever elusive. Too often, twistout results can be in inconsistent. Frizz, undefined curls, product residue, and hair that never dried are just a few of the issues that arise when attempting a twistout.
Here are five tips to achieve your best twistout:
1. Cleanse your hair.
One of the best ways to spoil a twistout is to start with dirty hair. The result is dull hair with lots of product residue. With clean hair, you can impart a lot of shine. If you would like to clarify your hair without drying it out, consider a bentonite treatment. A simple recipe is to mix bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar until it reaches a yogurt consistency. (You can add ingredients such as aloe vera juice or oils to your mixture.) Bentonite clay is known to not only clarify hair, but to also slightly loosen curls and make them pop.
2. Moisturize your hair.
Nothing is worse than a twistout that looks parched. To quench your curls thirst, deep condition with or without heat. Remember to use warm water to open up your cuticles prior to conditioning. Then wash out the conditioner and rinse with cold water to seal your cuticles. Use a leave-in conditioner, seal with an oil, and follow up with your milk or butter of choice for twisting.
3. Detangle and smooth your hair strands.
For a smooth finish, ensure that your hair is thoroughly detangled. Use a wide tooth comb and a Denman or paddle brush. (If you have fine strands be wary of mechanical damage. You can modify your Denman by removing rows from the brush.)
4. Seal your ends.
When you twist your hair, remember to protect your ends by sealing with your butter or oil of choice. For a clean finish, ensure that your ends are trimmed.
5. Reduce frizz.
Wait until your hair is fully dry to take down your twists. I repeat. Wait until your hair is full dry to take down your twists. This is one of the most important steps. If your twists are not dry, the results could be disastrous. Think… matting and frizz. To further reduce frizz, untwist by either putting oil on your twists or on your fingertips.
To preserve your twistout each night, put your hair in pineapples (80’s style scrunchies) or mini-pineapples if your hair is shorter. Another way to preserve your twistout is to twist your hair in larger sections. Otherwise, you can retwist your hair.
With these five tips, you are well on your way to your best twistout EVER!