8 Ways to Make a Twist Out Last a Long Time

By Chinwe (pictured above) of Hair and Health

The twistout is one of many hairstyle options one can do to maintain healthy hair. It requires no heat usage, thus preventing heat damage. It can be worn for days at a time, therefore requiring little mechanical manipulation to our tresses. With the twistout there is no tension on the scalp, and thus no damage to the hair follicle. What’s more? It is a cute, summer hairstyle for any length of natural hair! Here are 8 tips to help your twist outs last longer.

1. Twist on 90% wet or damp hair.

Twisting on dry hair will produce a twistout that only lasts for a short period.  Rather, it is important to twist on wet or damp hair in order to achieve optimal definition and a long-lasting twistout.  Avoid twisting on hair that is 100% wet; fully wet hair is more prone to breakage via tension while twisting.  Also, allow the hair to dry completely before undoing your twists.

2. Twist using a mixture of a butter and gel

Using a butter (e.g., shea, mango) in combination with a gel will not only make for a very defined twistout, but one that allows for maximum wear.  The butter-gel combination will provide a soft hold for your twistout while locking in moisture.  However, be sure to avoid alcohol-based gels, which can dry the hair.

3. Coil the ends of the twists

For some naturals, twisting down to the very ends of the hair can lead to twistouts with frizzy ends.  An alternative method is to twist until just before you reach the ends of your hair and then coil these ends around your finger.  If your ends don’t quite coil with this alternative, then try twisting them very loosely as compared to the rest of the strand.

4. Wear smaller twists and for a longer period

The bigger your twists, the less defined the twistout, which in turn leads to quicker reversion of the style. Additionally, the shorter the period you wear your twists, the more quickly your twistout will revert as well.  The longest-lasting twistouts are achieved from wearing small to medium-sized twists for a minimum of 3-5 days to set.

5.  Do not borrow while twisting

While twisting for a twistout, do not borrow hair from one of the two strands along the way.  This tactic is usually done to compensate for a twist that started off with one big strand and one small strand.  However, undoing such a twist can lead to a disastrous, frizzy twistout.

6.  Do not over separate the twistout

Separate each twist into two sections, if possible, or up to four sections at the maximum.  Any further separation can contribute to frizz and shorter wear of the style.

7. Avoid humectants and re-moisturization (if possible)

Try to avoid moisturizers that contain humectants (e.g., glycerin, propylene glycol, etc.), which are meant to draw in moisture from the air and thus, may shorten the duration of your twistout.  Additionally, keep moisturizing to a minimum after unleashing your twistout.  In order to do this, moisturize before taking down your twists.  If you happen to be a natural whose hair cannot survive without humectants or re-moisturization while wearing a twistout, then choose health over duration of the style.  Frizz can still be minimized by opting for a light moisturizing spritz instead of a moisturizer you must apply by hand.

8. Secure the twistout before you sleep

For those with medium to long hair, put your twistout into 10-12 loose, big twists and cover with a satin bonnet.  In the morning, just undo the big twists and fluff your original twistout into place.  For those with shorter hair, there is no need to retwist prior to bedtime.  Simply cover your twistout with a satin bonnet.  In the morning, remove the bonnet and fluff your hair.  These methods will help to minimize frizz and reversion.

Ladies, how do you maximize the wear of your twistout?



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76 thoughts on “8 Ways to Make a Twist Out Last a Long Time

  1. Good afternoon, I am an African and i am thinking of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair as I have naturally long hair but the front hair had fallen offdue to the fact that i braid a lot. Now how do i transition without the big chop and how will i know my hair type. Please help out . Thanks

    • You can research hair types on the internet, it can give you specific details. I am mixed hair type, 3c in front and top and 4A on sides and back. My front do not hold twist well. Good luck with your research.

  2. I would love to know how to have full twists like the photo. Every time I twist my hair, it comes out flat. I’ve tried twisting with different products, sizes, dampness, and tightness, but my reportedly “unbelievably thick” hair never has body. Is the issue my hair or technique? The attched photo is of my small twist experiment.

  3. I also can’t seem to get a good twist out. I tried lots of different products. Shea mositure product makes my hair soft but don’t give me a defined twist out. Other products such as echo gel, aloe vera gel, curls, As I Am makes my hair hard. My hair never looks define like the pictures shown. I cannot get my ends to twist and hold. I been natural for two years. I think I am a 3c on top and 4A on sides and back. I need suggestions, product names.

  4. My best twist out to date! Ladies, the stain cap works! However, when I coil my ends I somehow always make my hair shed (I’m thinking unnecessarily). My ends can be very puffy causing me to twist harder than I should to achieve a stay that will stay by itself. I have learned that with my 4b moisture is a must! I moisturize day and night but it does not disrupt my curl pattern…it helps it! It makes wash day hassle free, I barely show signs of any breakage now that I pre-poo with coconut oil treatments. Nina 78 is there anyway to make your twist outs chunkier? I realized that if I make mean a bit larger than I have in the past that the results are pretty stellar. Our hair types are completely different though…

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  6. I love doing flat twist outs on my hair. When you get to the end of the the twist use a perm rod. My stylist used the white rods on my hair. It’s been 6 days and I still receive compliments on my hair.

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  8. Twist outs are usually the style I go for and I also re twist my hair in chunky twists at night and its a routine I think works wonders for me. It lasts me 3-4 days.

  9. Hello,
    I have keratin treated hair currently, next time I wash my hair I will be attempting the twist out. I’ve read a lot and wawatched a lot of videos on these twist outs. I know everyone’s hair is different and different pproducts work for different people. Without keratin my hair is crazy course. And it’s on the shorter side. Trying to narrow down the type of products I need. So far I’ve figured I need a deep conditioner (don’t know which to try), a regular conditioner (I only Co wash these days), a detangler (don’t know if I use this in the shower or after), a leave in, an oil, and a type of butter.
    Am I missing anything? I need all of the pointers I can get, I’m a newbie! Thank you!

  10. I wish I would have read this blog early in my twist out journey. I’ve done about ten twist outs over the last six months and this last time was the best yet. My twist out lasted five days and probably could go longer. The issue I kept having was the night time maintenance – I kept trying to do the pineapple method and my hair type just didn’t like it at all (my hair straightens when it’s pulled up or down for a long period of time). Then I did the other extreme – I would do a full on twist out with perm rods every night, and that was too much on my fragile ends. Finally, I surrendered. I piled my medium length 4A hair in the satin bonnet worked. Sometimes I am just too tired to mess around with my hair at night, so out of frustration, I piled it in the bonnet and resolved to deal with whatever mess I would have in the morning. Imagine my surprise when the next day, after a little shaking out of my hair, it was super cute! As the days progressed, I wore a soft headband, but the curls were still defined.

  11. I’m deff going to try and starting making my twist smaller! I didn’t think about that, they were never really big to begin with but I thin narrowing it down will help a lot!

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