I love a good Twist Out and it’s my go to style these days. As the temperature drops I’m not trying to be going outside with my hair wet, ain’t nobody got time to be sitting in the hospital with pneumonia. A Twist Out allows me to keep it cute without being cold. It also elongates the hair and eliminates some shrinkage. With trial and error, I’ve perfected my method and get a super defined Twist Out on my 4c hair every single time by simply following these 5 steps.
I’m using the L.O.C. Method- applying a leave-in conditioner, followed by an oil and then a cream. This locks in the moisture for a juicy Twist Out. On wet, freshly washed and deep-conditioned hair, apply your leave-in conditioner. I use the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In. Next, apply your oil of choice. I use Coconut Oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Applying the oil on top of the leave-in conditioner locks moisture into the strands.
Do two strand twists with a styling cream and styling gel. My current favorite combination is the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Curling Gel Soufflé. This combo is very moisturizing and my hair retains it’s moisture for the entire week. This product combo is also the secret to the definition, and the smaller the twists, the more definition you’ll get! I part each section, apply a small amount of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie followed by an equal amount of the Curling Gel Soufflé, and twist.
Let your hair air dry over night. For max definition, leave the twists in for a day or two.
Apply oil to your hands and gently separate the two strands of the twists. If you like big hair you can gently separate each strand further until your hair is as big as you want it. Keep in mind though that the more you separate, the more likely it is that you’ll get frizz. I only separate once, and separate further after a few days when the strands start to come apart on their own.
Gently lift roots with a pick being careful not to pull all the way through, and style your Twist Out as you please. Don’t forget to gel down them edges, I use Gorilla Snot Gel.
The result is a super defined Twist Out that will retain moisture and definition for up to a week, without re-twisting or adding product. To maintain the style, I sleep with a satin bonnet and fluff with my hands in the morning. I gently lift my roots again with a pick on areas that I slept on and re-gel my edges daily, and apply a little oil for shine every few days when necessary. Check out my Twist Out Tutorial for a visual of the entire process.