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How to Achieve a Defined Twist-Out on Natural Hair

January 9, 2019
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Are you tired of your journey being full of failed twist outs? Do you regret taking an hour or more 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 perfect a natural hairstyle.

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 to achieve a defined twist-out on natural hair, like the one below!

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


Achieve a Defined Twist-Out

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, I recommend wearing your twists for a full day or more before attempting to unravel them. You don’t want your twists to be damp 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

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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 on 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 defined twist-out. Layering my products ensures I have enough moisture locked in for my style to last.

Related Post: A Quick Breakdown of the LOC Method for Natural Hair

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 product recommendations out there, you can’t expect everything to provide the same results. Listen to your hair and find all-natural, 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!

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

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 and stay patient.

Do Smaller Twists

To achieve a defined twist-out, twist your hair in smaller sections. This will provide more definition than volume once you unravel them.

If you want to achieve a defined twist-out, it’s best to work in small sections. Smaller twists will provide a better definition. Chunky twists are great to do as well, however, I usually get more volume than definition with them. Try to aim for medium-sized or smaller twists when attempting this style.

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 or less definition. Make sure you start as close to the root as you can and twist the same way all the way down.

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 for the best results. If you decide to work on dry hair, make sure you’re using enough product to keep your hair moisturized and combat frizz.

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

Add Perm Rods (Optional)

Adding perm rods to end of your twists is another way you can achieve a defined twist-out. This step is optional, however, I love the curl it provides for the ends of my hair.

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 perm rods provide and I still use them for styles at times. 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 a defined twist-out on natural hair, try following these tips! You may not get the results you’re expecting on the first try, however, practicing this style will help you improve with time.

During your journey, you’ll have to find out what your hair likes and dislikes. In a way, you’re re-learning your hair. Make the most out of this journey by not giving up and embracing your natural hair regardless.

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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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