Many twist styles for black hair are very popular in the African American culture. There are so many variations of twist hairstyles, that a person would have no problem finding one to fit their personality or style. If you would like to try a basic twist style, you are in the right place. This article features a step-by-step guide that you can follow to complete a basic two-strand twist.
Step One: Gather Your Tools
You will need a few basic items to complete this hairstyle. These are all common household items; and there are no special tools required. You will need shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, wide-tooth comb, and medium size claw clips.
Step Two: Wash Your Hair
If possible, wash your hair with a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Towel dry hair, and apply a leave in conditioner. Leave hair slightly damp so that it will be easier to style. If hair does happen to dry before you have the chance to begin styling, you can re-apply a small amount of leave in conditioner or gel.
Step Three: Comb Hair
You should never use a brush on wet hair because it can damage hair, and cause split ends. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb or pick to detangle damp hair. Hair should be completely tangle free, and the comb should be able to brush through hair without snagging.
Step Four: Separate Hair
Separate hair into several small sections. This step has two options that have different outcomes. You can part hair either with a comb or with your fingers. If you decide to part hair with a comb, the part line will be more visible when the hairstyle is complete. However, if you part the hair with your fingers the part will not be as noticeable. This is a personal choice and depends entirely on your individual preference. Start sections at the nape of the neck, and once you have a section ready to work with, clip the rest of the hair out of the way.
Step Five: Begin Twisting
Separate the section of hair into two parts and twist the two strands around one another. Bring the left strand over the right, which will have now become the left strand and just repeat the process until you have reached the end of the hair. Rubber bands are usually not needed to hold hair in place, but can be used if preferred. Do the same thing on the rest of the sections of hair until all hair is twisted.
Step Six: Once all hair is twisted, blow dry until hair is completely dry.
It is imperative that all hair is very dry. Once hair is dry and all hair is twisted, your hairstyle is complete. You can also untwist the sections for a nice wavy look.