Flat Twistouts

February 13, 2009

Twistouts or Twists

The twistout or twists hairstyle is definitely my favorite. For the look above I did a flat twistout. I just sectioned my hair like I was doing cornrows and instead of braiding it, I twisted two strands of hair around each other until it looked like the picture below.

Flat Twistouts

Once I finished each section I placed the twist onto a perm rod and curled it. I did that so they would not come apart before I take them down. I experimented and tried a different combination of products this time around. And it’s definitely a keeper! I washed, deep conditioned, and applied my leave-in conditioner. Lacio Lacio is my leave-in of choice and one of my hair staples. I’ve found that six flat twistouts are the best number for me. Mainly because it’s easier for me to detangle at the end of the week than when I do it with more sections. On each section I sprayed a moisturizing mix that included water, glycerin, and aloe vera (the liquid form) from a spray bottle. After I sprayed the mix, I sealed it with coconut oil. And then I twisted my hair.

I did this Wednesday night and let my hair air dry overnight. Seriously, there is no difference in results if I sit under my bonnet or let my air dry… I did not take it down until this morning. And I snapped the final picture of the hairstyle while I was waiting for my train to school, lol. Yes, a sista is up early blogging purely for the love of hair :) … The result was the best for me to date. My curls are very defined and shiny(at least in person…they look kinda dusty in the picture, ha!).

Hair Curl

I’m going to try to maintain this hairstyle for the week. I will pull it up after the weekend and accessorize it with headbands, flowers, and such to make the style different day-to-day and looking fresh.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Kisha February 15, 2009 at 9:32 am

This looks good on you. I’m going to try this instead of my usual braidouts.

Dani February 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Thanks Kisha!

Brandy May 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hi,will this work with any type of african american hair or do i need to have a perm?
and do i have to press my hair in order for it to look like really good?
i kno these are probably stupid questions but i’m just now starting to wear my natural hair and it’s going good so far lol thank u bye

Dani May 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Yes, it works with all hair types and you definitely don’t need a perm or relaxer. My mom has very thick and coarse natural hair (would probably be called 4B) and I did a twistout on her hair. The curls were really defined.

I did her twistout on wet hair and used water and coconut oil to set it. I would post a picture but my mom will not let me put her on the internet, lol. Girl, no questions aren’t stupid. You can leave them as comments or contact me by email via the contact tab at the top of the page with all the questions you want :)

Alex June 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Hi…When you do your flat twist out do you blow-dry your hair first
Or just do it while it’s wet???


Dani June 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Hi Alex! I do my flat twistouts on wet hair. A lot of people lightly blowdry and then do the twists instead of doing it on wet hair. I noticed that when they do this… it stretches out the hair and the twists look longer.

The only reason I do mine on wet hair is because I’m trying to use less heat. Hope that helps :)

Tam July 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Hi…I have a few questions. I’m like you. I have some length and I don’t want to BC just yet. One thing about my hair is that I haven’t had a relaxer in about 4 years, but I’ve been pressing it. So now I have wavy hair, lazy curls, straight pieces…basically schizophrenic hair. But to the questions: do you do the twists on your own or do you have help? Also, how do you keep them in good shape for more than one day, especially how do you sleep after you’ve untwisted?
Finally, I love your site. I’ve been finding a lot of people who have done the BC but the long hair transition is not common, probably because it can be more trying. Keep it up…I need some motivation to stay away from the pressing comb.

Dani July 5, 2009 at 1:54 am

Hi Tam! I do the flat twistout hairstyle myself and to keep them in good shape I just take a bit of mousse or holding cream and lightly run it through the curls with my hands the first night. Then, I just put my hair in an satin bonnet (extra large or jumbo size) and try to “sleep pretty” the rest of the week. Lol! After about three days it may look messy… so I’ll do a bun, half-up and half-down style, or pull it into a ponytail with a few tendrils out in the front.

I hope that helps and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

keisha November 10, 2009 at 12:07 am


Temika December 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm

What is a good deep conditioner you suggest me use after taking my braids out. I am a starting the transitioning process.

keshia March 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

hi i’m trying to go natral but braid outs and twist out don’t seem to work on my hair. Take a look at my braid out attempt.

I want to try thi but I don’t have alof of products. (actually, the only prouducts i have is a deep conditioner and carrot tea tree oil. I’ve been going natral for only about two mounts and i only have a little over an inch of new growth but a little more around the crown of my hair and the back, and i’m trying to find a way to do it without straighting it but it never wooks out.

Dani April 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

@ Keisha – My crown area is the thickest and driest portion of my hair too. I just try to keep it moisturized and never comb it dry.

@ Temika – There are so many to choose from but I only use two at the moment when deep conditioning, Keracare Humecto and Elasta QP DPR-11. Just make sure you fully detangle your hair after taking down braids before washing because it may knot up when shampooing.

@ Keshia – I just went to your Tumbler page, but I’m not able to leave you a message (not sure how it works) or comment. Also, your email address is not delivering… so leave me a message via my “Contact” link at the top of the page so I can get back to you. BTW, you are beautiful and I love the new braids hairstyle on you.

Summer April 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hey!! I’m a 16 year old girl, and after seeing all my friends wearing weaves and wearing their hair BONE straight, I decided to step outside the triangle and go natural!!! *woot woot* So first, I tried doing the twist out, following your instructions. The next morning, my hair was a big ol’ MESS. There were waves that were defined but it was very big and wild looking lol. Due to flatironing, my roots are much thicker and coiler and closer to the ends it starts to loosen up. I use Cantu leave in treatment for my “twist out.” Any tips?

Eboni May 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for posting on this great site! I’m about 2 months post relaxer at this point. I want to go natural, but am not ready to part with my long hair. I’m glad that I found a transition site where someone didn’t go through with the BC. Psychologically, I’m just not ready– so your blog gives me hope that I can transition successfully.

Tronda August 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hello let me first say i love the website. I am going natural I have not have a perm in my head for 4 months. I have been doing blow outs and twist. My 1. question is once my hair is twisted how long do i leave it in and care for it.
2. Question is how do i twist my hair on my own, is it like braiding.

Adia August 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I found this hairstyle on your website, and tried it– it turned out great! I just decided to transition my hair, and so I’ve been researching hairstyles I can do on my hair to avoid the BC. I got so many compliments on this style, plus the fact that it’s so easy and heat free sold it for me. Great post :]

Patrice Lewis July 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

This hairstyle is soooooo cute!

Deneya Carter September 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

The twistout is my favorite too. I’ve been wearing this hairstyle for a month now and got compliments from people. That’s my number one favorite hairstyle :D

Si Elle May 21, 2012 at 2:46 am

Your twist out is soooo amazing!! I want to try a flat twist out but i dont know how to flat twist…… :(

Adrienne May 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

Im ging to try this for my fathers funeral and I will let you know the results I get! I’m loving the way it looks and flows.

cassie October 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I love this style so much I have tired the twist out an had no clue wit I was doing..so I’m so anxious to see how it comes out.the products I use are cantu leave in an motions moist.I’ve been transitioning for a yr an 3 months I also have no clue wht type of hair I have its really course and I have some right prices an a few curls..please help I want to succeed in this style

Deonia August 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

I have always used relaxers and I just made the decision to transition a month a go. My hair is so damaged and ugly, I don’t know where to start or what products to try!! I need help!!

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