Twist outs can be benificial for helping maintain the shape of your curls. If you find that your curls tend to drop their shape after a day or two, you might want to consider a good twist out. However, you need to be sure you know what you're doing before you start. Here's how to get the perfect twist out for natural curls.
The Perfect Twist Out For Natural Curls
Every good twist out starts with well trimmed curls. If your curls have lots of dead ends, it will be difficult for them to maintain the shape of the twist out. Schedule regular trims with your stylist to get rid of fragile, split ends.
Before beginning the process, make sure you section your curls. Depending on how much hair you have, you'll need 8-12 sections. Take your time and work carefully to detangle your hair without ripping or pulling. Use oil or conditioner to create the slip you need to get snarls out.
Working through each section individually, apply a curl defining product or gel. Each curly selects a different product for her twist out, so make sure you're choosing what works best for you. Each section needs to have completely and evenly covered to make sure it holds.
Pull your hair out straight, holding a tight, even pressure. Twirl your curls around the end of your finger to create an even, consistent twist. Seal the end by gently pinching it. You can add some more product to the ends to hold the twist in place if needed. If you're in the process of transitioning from treated to natural curls, you can utilize perm rods to help your curls retain a shape.
Allow your twists to dry completely. Once they're completely dry, cover your fingers with a natural oil of your choosing. Firmly grasp a twist in your fingers and rotate in the opposite direction that you originally twisted it in. Pull the sections apart as you rotate. Pull the sections apart (gently) to create a fuller look. You can go back and puff up the roots with a pick if needed. Flip your curls upside down, give them a gentle shake and enjoy!