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How to Achieve a Perfect Twist Out on Natural Hair

January 9, 2019
Defined twist out style on natural hair

Are you tired of your journey being full of failed twist outs? Do you regret taking an hour or more of twisting your hair only for it to be a waste of time? 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 the 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 that every time!

These tips we’re about to discuss have worked great for me and I’m confident it’ll do the same for you!


Tips to Follow:

Make Sure Your Twists Are 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 to your twists and make them into a cute protective style while you wait for them to dry!

It’ll take trial & error to figure out how long your hair takes to dry. As you experiment with different styles, you will learn more about your hair and know how long you should keep a style in.

Use Enough Product

Do you know how some products tell you to use a dime-sized amount? Yeah, I’ve never been able to get away with that, especially since I have thick, high porosity hair. Make sure you’re applying a generous amount of product to each section before you start twisting. 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. If your products aren’t providing moisture, 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. Listen to your hair and find nourishing products that it responds well to.

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

If you know for sure that you have good technique when applying your products but you aren’t pleased with your results, then switching out your products may be the solution. Even if you fail multiple times, you can’t give up! No one goes into their journey knowing everything about their hair. Keep practicing!

Related Post: The Best All-Natural Products for High Porosity Hair

Do Smaller Twists

If you want to achieve defined results, it’s best to work in small sections. 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. You don’t want to end up with puffy roots. Make sure you start as close to the root as you can and twist the same way all the way down.

If you deal with puffy roots even when you twist tightly, try starting your two-strand twists off by braiding instead.

Style on Wet/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/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’d 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. They can be a little uncomfortable to sleep on, but it’s not too bad. 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! 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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