The Formula for a Good Twist Out or Braid Out

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 endsWhen 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 CurlTo 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.



  1. Jessica says

    This site is much appreciated! I am in the process of transitioning from flat iron always pressed hair to natural hair! Thank you for the tips!

  2. tchomassi A. says

    im trying to natural but my mom wont let me cut off my perm hair , half of it fell out already & my hair in now uneven. Now i have a weave in my head & i wanted to know is there ways i can still transition without cutting all my hair off ?

    • Kanisha Parks says

      Absolutely! Many naturals choose to “long term transition” which simply means maintaining the two textures for a year or more before chopping. Some naturals do not cut off the rest of their relaxed ends until they have transitioned for 2-3 years. Everyone’s different! Two of my favorite sources for long term transitioning are: JourneytoWaistLength and Just Grow Already! These ladies offer EXCELLENT tutorials on maintaining transitioning hair. They discuss so many topics, such as their wash regimens, how to deal with shedding, detangling, styling, and so much more! Weave can certainly be a good style for transitioning if it is installed properly and not left in too long (no more than four weeks is the general recommendation) because you do not want to cause any strain unnecessary strain on your hair. Also, when you detangle your hair, be especially careful to take your time because the line of demarcation (where your natural hair meets your relaxed hair) is especially sensitive and many naturals experience breakage here. Remember, this is your journey and you should chop when YOU are ready. I chopped my hair off at six months when I was only nineteen and if I could go back, I definitely would have transitioned for much longer.

      I hope this helps!

  3. TIera says

    I’ve been natural for my entire life I’ve just recently started taking better care of my hair. I would normally get kinky twist or braids but, I have really taken an interest in my natural hair. With that said, the twist outs have been a hit and miss for me. Some times it would turn out decent and others not so much. I have type 4C and my hair is shoulder length when stretched..

    Basically I want to know the must needed products for a perfect twist out and for just taking care of natural hair, also the number of twists I should have in each section. I’m 15 and none of the women in my family seem to know how to help me, given the fact that most of them either have relaxed hair or weave/wigs all of the time. That’s why I’m turning to the internet!

    Please help :]

    • Kanisha Parks says


      I commend you on being bold enough to rock your natural hair at such a young age and without support. Hang in there, it’s worth it!

      I, too, struggled with perfecting my twist-out initially. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect equation I can give you because even when you feel like you’ve done everything right, sometimes your hair will still just do what it wants to do! That’s the beauty of it, though.

      Your hair’s basic needs are: a moisturizing and possibly a clarifying shampoo, a moisturizing conditioner, an intensive deep conditioner, a moisturizing leave-in conditioner, and an oil or butter for sealing. There are hundreds of products out there and you will have to do a little searching to find what works for your hair. I would start with product lines that you’ve heard a lot of good things about or have been wanting to try. I would also start on the low end and purchase them from Wal-Mart or Walgreens to get the best deal. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on products you end up not even liking. I have 4a hair and am really loving the Cantu Shea Butter line for Natural Hair right now, but that’s just one suggestion.The SheaMoisture, Beautiful Textures, and Dark and Lovely AuNaturale lines also come highly recommended.

      Take your time and enjoy the journey. You have your entire life to be natural, so have fun with it! Be patient with your hair and “listen” to it.

      I found this video on YouTube of a twistout done on 4c hair. Hope it helps!

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