The Art of a Defined Twistout
Many of us are in constant pursuit of a twistout with preserved curl definition. I am here to tell you that the perfect defined twistout is not only achievable but also really easy…. with a little practice, of course !!!
I have done this numerous times but I recently tried a twistout which was #flawless save for the bits of flaky gel.
Twistouts are great on hair of all lengths but you have better results on longer hair because there’s more hair shaft to display the curls 🙂
So, there is no need to feel like a failure if things don’t work out as planned. Keep your head up high and keep trying.
Products for a defined twistout
The purpose of these stylers is to create definition and ensure your hair can hold the curl for a couple of days, at the very least. The general rule of thumb is to use lighter products for loose curly hair and heavier products for kinky coily hair.
Keep experimenting, sometimes you may have to use more than one styler and others may only need the leave-in conditioner. Also good to know is that some of these products are notorious for flaking, some may need to be combined with others and you definitely do not need to buy them all.
Ps. This is not an ultimate list… just ones that I can think of right now.
Creamy Moisturiser Stylers
- Keracare Twist n Define Cream
- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- As I Am Twist Defining Creme
- Ecostyler gel
- IC Fantasia gel
- Aloe Vera gel
- Flax Seed gel
- Keracare Defining Custard
- Shea Moisture Curling Souffle
- As I Am Smoothing gel / Curling jelly
- ORS Lock & Twist gel
- Shea Butter
- Mango Butter
Technique for a defined twist out
1. Freshly washed hair, pre-detangled and about 50% dry i.e damp natural hair
2. Work one section at a time (I wash and air dry mine in twisted or braided sections)
3. Further split each section into smaller (medium sized) sections
4. Add leave-in conditioner and work it in using the “praying hands” motion
5. You may add oil and creamy moisturizer / butter at this point depending on the styler you will use in the next step
6. Add your styler of choice (I usually use gel as it’s easier to find in Kampala or Keracare twist and define creme)
Less is more when it comes to stylers. Remember that always…
7. With the styler added, re-detangle the section with your method of choice. I like to use the Denman 7-row brush but feel free to finger detangle, use a wide tooth comb or a tangle teezer.
Detangling is the single most important step in the pursuit of a perfectly defined twist out.
8. Twist up the section and use a little castor oil (it’s thick) to twirl the ends of each twist around your index finger
9. Repeat on all similarly sized sections till all the hair is twisted up. Remember to twist in the direction you want the hair to fall. (in your face or to the side)
10. Cover with a satin scarf until the next morning or sit under a hooded dryer for what will seem like eternity.
11. Unravel the twists carefully and separate along the natural lines of separation that were created by your detangling tools (this maintains the definition). It won’t look like it did when the twists are first unravelled.
Only unravel the twists when they are completely dry and with some oil rubbed onto your palms.
12. Lift your roots with an Afro pick (old fashioned combs) to hide the parts / lines along the scalp.
13. Add a ribbon, flower or hairband of your choice. (optional)
Update (Aug 13, 2014) – for emphasis
I love Jenell for her great tips… I’ve embedded her video on why your twistouts may not come out how you hoped they would.. she is the proof you need to believe what I wrote above 🙂 Enjoy!