10 Sep

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Two Strand Twists

A reader inquired about a recommended serum to use for her two strand twists. As our conversation progressed, I realized I had a lot to say on the topic due to a lot of trial and error experiences of own so this post was born.

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two strand twists on fine hair

Having fine hair is one thing. Having a naturally loose curl pattern is another. The looser your curl pattern, the more apt your two strand twists are to unravel.

After trying numerous products and methods, I believe I’ve discovered a few ways to extend the life of two strand twists. If you’re a loose headed curly (that sounded weird) like me, these tips may help:

  • Twist on dry hair so it looks fuller and lasts longer
  • Start the twist out by braiding at the root.
  • Add a little alcohol free gel to the roots and hold the root of each twist with a bobby pin until you are done twisting your entire head. Optionally, you can braid the root before twisting. This helps to set the twist so that it doesn’t begin to unravel.
  • Spritz a small amount of water mixed with a leave in conditioner on dry hair before twisting.
  • Use a curl enhancing cream like Curl Enhancing smoothie or Sweet buttah Curl Prep
  • Seal the ends with Jamaican Black Castor Oil – daily
  • Throughout the duration of wearing your two strand twists (braids too), spritz with a little water every other day, concentrating on the ends. Then, use Jamaican black castor Oil OR Jojoba Oil to seal the length of the strands

I don’t use serums in my hair but from time to time I will add a little gel for added hold. A little aloe vera gel or flax seed gel helps to hold the twists together too but you have to be careful not too use too much or they will get a little hard. IMHO, two strand twists should be soft and fluffy!

If you find that your two strand twists begin to unravel at the end, no need to redo the entire twists. Simply re-twist the end that’s unraveling. I don’t recommend using gel alone because it can be drying (even all natural gel)

Check out this video on how I two strand twist my hair:

brown beauty gal

14 thoughts on “Tips for Extending the Life of Your Two Strand Twists

  1. Ooh, these are some great tips. I haven’t had a lot of luck with 2 strand twists on my daughter (she has fairly fine hair and looser curls). I’m going to give them another shot and implement your advice. Thanks Michelle!

    • I don’t see why not. The braiding at the root helps a lot. The flax seed gel gives it some hold. If your hair is very straight, I wouldn’t put too much shea butter on it. It will weigh it down.

  2. THis is how I do Chloe’s twist! Braiding at the root is on the way they will stay in place without using a rubberband. Great vid!

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