Two-strand twists are a great protective style. They require little maintenance, last for several weeks and give your hair a break from the heat of styling tools and manipulation. They also look amazing on everyone, whether you have kinky or finer hair.
With so many naturalistas rocking this style right now, there are tons of products you can use to achieve your own two-strand twists at home.
The versatility of this hairstyle is endless. It’s perfect for long as well as short hair because you can either make it short like a bob or grow it out till it transforms into a mid-length hairstyle. With so many styling options available, finding the best products for two-strand twists isn’t always easy.
Luckily, there are a few simple twisting tips and tricks that can be done in less than five minutes for an easy way to amp up the volume and texture of your hair. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of our top product picks and tips for perfect two-strand twists.
For Definition: Smaller Twists
If you want to add definition to your natural curls, smaller twists are the way to go. But if you’ve already been rocking large twists for a while, switching to smaller twists might be tricky.
Luckily, there are a few ways to make the transition easier. First, start by sectioning off an inch of your hair and twisting it, instead of two inches as you normally would. Then, take smaller sections of the remaining hair. In the end, you’ll get the same look – just less at once.
If you’re new to twisting your hair, you might want to try out a few different twist sizes before deciding on one. This way, you can get a feel for what each size looks like and decide which one you like best.
For Volume: Larger Twists
Let’s say that your natural hair creates minimal volume when styled. What if you want to add more? You can do so with larger two-strand twists!
Two-strand twists can be done on wet or dry hair, so they’re great for adding volume to any type of curl pattern. Before you start twisting your hair, make sure you add a styling product to further activate the added volume. You can try adding volumizing sprays to your hair while you’re twisting it.
Sit Under a Hooded Dryer for Best Results
Did you know that the way you dry your hair can actually impact the longevity of your twist set? It’s true!
Sitting under a hooded dryer after twisting is one of the best ways to extend the life of your twist set, as it helps to lock in moisture and prevent frizz.
Even if you use a repairing leave-in, oils, or another protective or hydrating product on your twists, they still need additional help staying in tact. That’s why many natural hair gurus recommend sitting under a hooded dryer for at least 20 minutes after applying your favorite protective styling products.
Sleep in a Satin Bonnet or Pillowcase to Preserve
For best results while sleeping, you should always use a satin pillowcase or bonnet. The smooth surface of the material helps your twists slide easily without getting tangled or snagged.
The friction between your hair and a cotton pillowcase can cause breakage, but satin prevents this by reducing this friction. You may also want to invest in a satin pillowcase to prevent sweating and frizzing.
If you’re wearing your twists in a bun with a satin bonnet, you can also prevent breakage and preserve your hair by removing the bonnet before going to sleep. The bonnet protects your hair from getting caught in the pillowcase and keeps the twists from getting tangled.
Stylers We Highly Recommend for Two-Strand Twists
Our BOUNCE Curl Defining Cream is ideal for two-strand twists for a number of reasons. It contains all of the natural ingredients you need to create perfectly defined curls, from marshmallow root and slippery elm to flaxseed.
This styler is especially great for beginners. BOUNCE is a cream-based formula that provides a great balance of moisture, definition, and shine. Your natural curls will love this sulfate-free styler, as you can skip the leave-in conditioner with it.
This Quenched Hydrating and Twisting Butter is an ultra hydrating buttercream designed to restore moisture and definition in dry curls. It works well as a light hold styler for protective styles, especially two-strand twists. This twisting butter comes in various sizes and can be used on all hair types.
If you’re looking for a styler to boost the sotftness and longevity of your curls, you’ll love QUENCHED. It’s enriched with a variety of natural oils to keep your curls healthy and looking great. It’s also paraben and sulfate-free.