Twist outs can be a hit or miss, especially when you’re trying out new products or a different method of doing it. I’ve been doing twist outs long before I started transitioning to natural hair. A good friend of mine actually taught me how to do a twist out and I’ve never looked back. It was an easy way to get that curly natural look I craved back when I still had a perm in my hair. It was definitely my go to style, especially when I stretched my perms out for six months at a time.
Since I could remember, I’ve always done twist outs on freshly washed damp hair and it hasn’t failed me yet. However, trying to master the art of a twist out on blown out hair while transitioning, has been a bit of a struggle for me. After much of my own trial and error, I wanted to share some tips with you that helped me achieve a flawless twist out on my transitioning blown dried hair.
1.) Make sure your hair is thoroughly detangled and you have a good leave in/heat protectant.
Having well moisturized and detangled hair will ensure that your hair strands will absorb the products you use and not dry out your hair while blow drying. Moisturize your hair with your favorite leave-in conditioner/heat protectant to ensure a flawless finish for your blowout. Since you are blow drying your hair on a cool setting, it’s optional if you want to use an additional heat protectant. I find using a leave in with a heat protectant infused in it will be just find. For some reason additional heat protectants make my hair very dry and hard to maneuver after I blow it out. So listen to your hair and see what works best for you!
2.) Blow dry your hair on a low or cool setting, not HOT!
It’s no secret that direct heat can damage your hair. Adding direct heat to your hair makes your hair dry, more prone to breakage, and can damage your hair cuticle. Since transitioning hair is extremely fragile because you’re working with two different hair textures, it’s imperative that you limit the amount of heat you use on your hair from time to time. However, a good alternative to achieve that blown out look without damaging your hair, is to blow dry your hair on a low or cool setting. This way your hair is still getting dried but you reduce the chance of getting heat damage and your hair gets really stretched and HUGE!
3.) Use strong curl enhancing products.
Finding the perfect combination of products for a defined twist out on blown out hair can be a hassle. After much trial and error, I think I figured out the formula to prevent a twist out fail. All you need is a strong styling cream, a firm-holding gel on top and a moisturizing oil to seal the deal and give you a seamless look. My current favs are Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel and Curls Blueberry Bliss Twist & Shout Cream (below). If you want to achieve the most definition, be sure to apply your products from the root of your sectioned hair to the very end. Try to coat each section entirely with products to ensure that the product is evenly distributed throughout your hair to give you that flawless finish you desire.
4.) Try to avoid stray or loose hairs from getting into your twist while twisting.
Now, this tip can make or break your twist out. As you twist, it’s so easy to accidentally grab hold of a few loose strands of hair from another section of hair. Unfortunately, if this happens, the end result will not be a pleasant one. It will actually turn into a confusing mess of tangled twists as you begin to take your hair down. So just try to separate each section of hair and twist each strand thoroughly as you wind them around each other while doing your twist.
5.) Use perm rods on the ends of your flat twists.
If you’re transitioning to natural too, you’ll notice that your permed ends are more willing to comply with this curly style when your hair is blow dried rather than wet. But in order to ensure that your ends get curly like the rest of your hair when you take the twist down, you’ll want to use perm rods. I personally like a tighter curl, so I use the Orchid Large Curved Perm Rods & Grey Long Curved Permed Rods . You can use one or the other, you don’t have to use both like I did. First add more of your styling product to the ends of your hair and finish twisting your hair to the end. Then proceed to wrap the end of the twist around the perm rod in the same direction as the twists for a flawless curl.
6.) Carefully separate twist with lightly oiled fingers.
Once your style has set overnight, gently remove permed rods and unravel twists with lightly oiled fingers. Adding oil to your hands is a great way to eliminate frizz and add moisture to your hair while taking your twist down. Once you’ve separated all of the twists to your liking, begin fluffing your hair out to add more volume. You can either use a pick or turn your head downward and shake your roots outward to achieve maximum volume.
Whether you’re a beginner at twist outs or you’re transitioning like me, this style may take some time before you get the hang of it, but I encourage you to be optimistic. The more my permed ends grow out and my natural hair pushes through, the better my twist outs have looked. Just know that no matter how many times you fail and start over, it will be a journey worth exploring about you and your hair. If you’re a visual learner like me, here is my video tutorial to help you out on your next twist out on blown out hair. Enjoy!