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How to Achieve a Perfect Twist Out on Natural Hair

January 9, 2019
Defined twist out style on natural hair

Do you regret taking an hour or more to twist your hair only for it to be a fail? I’ve been in your shoes before, and I understand how frustrating it is when you can’t get the perfect twist out on natural hair.

The beauty of natural hair is its versatility, it doesn’t have to be defined all the time! However, you may have those days where you crave perfectly, defined hair.

In this post, I’m sharing tips on how you can achieve a super-defined twist out every time! I’m confident that these tips will help you get the results you desire.

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Achieve a Defined Twist Out

Make Sure It’s Dry

If you take your twists down too early, you run the risk of having a failed style.

To achieve a defined twist out on natural hair, I recommend wearing them for a full day or more. You don’t want your twists to be damp when you unravel them because it’ll cause frizz.

You can add accessories and turn them into a cute protective style until your twists are completely dry!

Use Enough Product

Make sure you’re applying a generous amount of product to each section before you start twisting your hair.

Don’t be afraid to add more water if it’s needed! Using the LOC method has worked the best for me when I want to achieve a long-lasting style.

One product that I recommend using for a twist-out is the Twist Elongating Style Cream from Melanin Haircare. This cream always helps me achieve defined results and it provides long-lasting moisture.

If your products aren’t providing enough moisture to make your style last, then that brings us to the next tip.

Try Different Products

There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with new products because you have to find what works best! Although there are many recommendations out there, you can’t expect everything to provide the same results.

I’ve tried a lot of products since starting my journey and it was worth it because now I know which combinations help me achieve bomb twist-outs.

If you know for sure that you have good techniques when applying your products but you aren’t pleased with your results, then switching out your products may be the solution!

Install Smaller Twists

If you want to achieve defined results, it’s best to work in small sections. Installing smaller twists will provide more definition and less volume.

Take your time when styling your hair and make sure you’re twisting each section tight and in the same direction.

If you deal with puffy roots, try starting your two-strand twists off by braiding instead. This will keep your roots tight and your results will look better.

Style on Wet or Damp Hair

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This tip will work differently on every head of hair. Some naturals may be able to achieve a defined twist-out on dry hair while others have to begin on damp or soaking wet hair.

If you decide to work on dry hair, make sure you’re applying a generous amount of products to keep your hair moisturized and combat frizz.

If you haven’t tried a twist out on damp or soaking wet hair, then I highly recommend it! I usually do my twist-outs on damp hair and it provides me with the definition I’m looking for.

Add Perm Rods

When I was transitioning to natural hair, I had to apply perm rods to the ends of my twists since they didn’t coil on their own.

If your ends aren’t curling the way you want them to, then adding perm rods can fix this issue. My favorites are the blue and gray ones!

I love the curl definition perm rods provide. Your results will be worth it!


If you haven’t been able to achieve the perfect twist out on natural hair, try following these tips in your regimen!

You may not get the results you’re expecting on the first try, however, practicing will help you improve with time.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Dayna October 5, 2019 at 10:11 am

    These tips were so helpful ! Actually noticed the bigger my twist the more I wasn’t satisfied with the curl once I unraveled. I’ve been doing smaller twist and noticed a huge difference! So glad to hear I’m on the right track lol I’m still testing with products. A lot of them I’ve used left me looking like a snowball it wasn’t cute.

    • Reply Madisen October 5, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you for reading sis and I’m glad they were helpful! Girl I feel you 😩 some of these products are a hit or miss, but eventually you’ll find the perfect combo for your hair!

  • Reply Elizabeth Erekosima August 8, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    These tips are really worth it, thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply Madisen August 9, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you for reading! I’m glad this was helpful.

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