How to Prevent Two Strand Twists From Unraveling

twists on short to medium hair

Now that the weather is starting to cool a bit, I’ll be protective styling my hair a bit more. One of the ways I like to short term protective style is with two strand twists.

Having fine natural hair, I don’t leave my protective styles in very long. Otherwise, my hair would lock up on itself. Setting my hair in medium sized two strand twists for a week or 2 allows me to go about my business without manipulating my hair.

twists on fine hair

When I first started twisting my own hair, I’d always have the problem with it unraveling in less than a day. There are a number of reasons your two strand twists may unravel:

– Straight ends due to heat damage
– Looser curl pattern
– Ineffective products used

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I’ve experienced my twists untwisting at times due to all of the above. With a little trial and error, I discovered a few methods for preventing my twists from unraveling:

1- Using a little gel on the twists (ex: Loc and Twist gel)

2- Bobby pinning the roots until the twists have fully dried

3- Twisting with a heavy oil like JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil)

4- Rope twisting the two strand twists. This makes them tighter too.

5- Twisting damp hair vs. dry hair

6- Adding a little control paste to the root and the ends of the twist. Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Paste does a good job of this especially if your hair is of a looser curl pattern.

7- Flat twisting the root and then twisting the length of the twist.

shiny fine natural hair twists

Last but not least, you can use a rubber band on the end of your two strand twists. The reason I didn’t include this as part of the list is because I don’t use rubber bands on my fine hair. However, if you have heftier strands of hair, have at it. My only suggestion would be to cut the rubber bands out when you are ready to remove them vs. pulling at them or trying to unravel them. This will cut down on breakage.

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She’s a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their “crown.”


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