Flat Twist Out Tutorial

After I wore a flat twist out in this post about the Kinks & Kurls Expo 2017, I got a number of people asking me if I did my hair myself, and how I achieved it, and I sort of committed to getting a blog post done to explain to you guys – and more importantly show you that this is not rocket science.

I convinced Sandra to let me play around with her hair and photograph/ record it, so that I could show you guys exactly what I mean.

  • Start off with freshly washed hair. It helps when you are not adding product on top of more product if you want to get the best definition you possibly could. Detangle your hair as much as you possibly can to ease your process of separating it when you need to.
  • Section your hair into four equal parts, or two equal parts if your hair is slightly longer. Add a holding product. Shea Butter, or gel could work for you here if you are looking for extra hold.
  • Start off by doing a basic twist. Twist your hair around itself once, and then repeat one more time to make sure you are starting off your flat twist with a solid base. I’m going to admit that learning how to train your hands on which direction to go when you make twists is certainly not easy, but it can be done.
  • After this, keep adding hair to the bottom of every twist. If you know how to do a cornrow, this is the same exact process, except with a twist instead of three sections.
  • Keep going until you have finished off all of your hair.
  • Ideally I do this at night, or two days to the day I intend to wear my hair in a flat twist out so that I do not have to apply heat to dry it. For this video and when I do not have the time to wait, I set my blow – drier on low heat and sit through the agony of having to hand dry it. If you must apply heat to your hair, do not dare make sure you cover your hair in heat protectant (I bought mine at Game in Lugogo). Also, the process of heating your hair is a short cut of sorts, so your hair does not curl on itself the way it should. (Sandra’s results would have been a lot more defined if we had let it sit for more than an hour or so).
  • Once you get to the take down process, unwind your hair carefully, and then fluff it out as much as you would like to – depending on the final look you want to go for. To erase any lines at the base of your scalp, first go in with your fingers without being too destructive and killing all of your hard work, and then use an Afro comb to lift up your roots.

Remember that the smaller your twists, the smaller your curls, and the bigger your twists, the bigger your curls.

And there you have it. If my explanations do not make sense, I’m putting in a short video here to explain to you what I mean, especially when I talk about the twisting process.