The Formula for a Good Twist Out or Braid Out

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The first braid out or twist out you may have tried may not have been so great, but here you can learn how to perfect it. Especially if you have kinkier hair like me you may have been disappointed with a flat matted lifeless curl, but with the use of a few easy techniques you can get full beautiful ringlets.

Detangling- Not only is proper detangling a way to prevent against breakage, it will determine how good your hairstyles turn out. Now for women for a loser curl it may not affect them as much, but especially if you have coily hair, your hairstyles are not going to turn out too swell without making sure you do this. This means you should be dividing your hair up into at least four sections and getting all the tangles out combing from your ends to your roots after a wash.

Get a hold to them roots and check those ends- When you do a twist out or a braid out, you want everything to look consistent. In order to do that you must grip your roots tightly when you twist or braid and then work your way on down and make sure those ends are in check too. If you have straight ends because you are transitioning from relaxed hair then you are going to want to use rollers so your look has more consistency to it. Otherwise you will have curly roots, with ends sticking straight down, and your gonna have a scarecrow look going on and you don’t want that!

*Tip: Have your heart set on a twist out? For your roots twist them as if you were about to start a flat two-strand twist and work you way down until you complete your twist. This helps to straighten out those kinks.

The Right Product to Hold Your Curl- To give yourself nice sheen, moisture, and hold you will want a heavy cream, butter, or gel to help you get the job done. Now there are no magical products out there, its all about finding what works for you. Once you have found the right product for you it will give your hair a nice stretch, more definition, and shine.

*Note: For me I know that I have tried Miss Jessie’s Buttercreme, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Creme, and Wonder Curl Butter than Love Pudding for my twists outs. All are great products, and in all honesty there is no specific one that I must have I use whatever is available to me at the time.

A short evaluation of each one:

Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme- Amazing smell, fabulous results, pricey.

Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque- Fantastic smell, great for everyday moisturizing and twist outs, great  price and value.

Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Creme- Fragrant, outstanding curls before even doing my twists, moderately priced.

Wonder Curl Butter than Love Pudding- Awesome smell, beautiful curly results with great definition, reasonably priced.


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  1. Lakeisha says

    Hello, I have used hold pudding, Argan oil curl define cream, and cantu Shea butter curl activator on my hair while it’s wet or dry. While doing this I have used flexi rods and twist outs and left them in overnight. However, when I take them out, my hair on the sides come out ok but the back looks like a fro and my roots are bushy or fro like as well. I really don’t know what else to do because I really want to go natural for long healthy hair. Right now my hair is shoulder length with two different textures. Any suggestions?

  2. Ashley says

    Is it too much on the hair to be consistent with my twist outs? I am 4months transitioning & I am very fond of twist outs! They’re all I’ve worn for the last few weeks.

  3. Toni-Ann says

    Hi, I have texturized hair but it’s not curly, I do braid outs but after a couple hours the curls aren’t defined. Do you know how I couple prevent my hair from coming out or going flat?

    • says

      Use a little gel. Water it down a bit so it doesn’t make your hair stiff. Or have an oil on your hair prior to putting on the gel. Let me know if that helps you.

  4. vonna says

    My hair is very very coarse and no matter what I do twist out or braid out my hair never forms a curl pattern so hopefully this info works because I need it, and if there is anything else I need to know about forming a defined curl pattern please let me know… thanks in advance.

    • says

      Make sure your hair is stretched first (blow out if you’re ok with heat, or comb/brush it out if you aren’t ) and that should really help. I find twist outs on dry stretched hair works best for those defined curls. Hope this helps!!!

    • Julet says

      You can also try Wen products to help with conditioning. If you’re hair is super coarse like mine, Wen will definitely soften it up.

    • Mysmilewow says

      Hi you can wear a sleep cap and retwist weekly, Depending on your hair type it may get bigger and loose definition.

  5. Naeemah Morrell says

    Ive recently gone natural and my hair isn’t naturally curly like my moms and friends my hair is course and straight I was wondering are there any products out there for my texture of hair…..??

    Thank you….
    Naeemah M.

  6. says

    I’ve been natural all of my life, I know exactly how my hair is going to act and what type of product will do what. I have 3c/4a hair that’s highly porous (never dyed and I don’t use heat, so it’s not from damage) so I like a kind of heavy product to keep it moisturized for days. I do my twist out routine maybe twice a week and it always comes out looking bomb.

    On detangled, damp (never soaking wet) hair I slather in a leave in (Oyin Hair Dew), then a THICK butter or cream (Qhemet Biologics Heavy Cream), do about ten huge twists quickly, and sit around for a few hours. I don’t bother making them nice or even or neat because I go back and split each huge twist into two smaller ones. This second twisting is what gets my hair longer and fuller, as opposed to a wet twist out that shrinks up really bad. This way I get a bigger, fuller fro which I like because my hair is heavy/glossy at times and I prefer the BIG look. I hope this helps someone with hair like mine.

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