My Tips for a Fabulous Twist Out on Fine Layered Hair

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The twist out is a very common hairstyle for naturals. The beauty of natural hair is no two twist outs are the same.

I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. It’s pretty fine hair and the layers don’t help with my styling choices. Sometimes, my twist outs come out to my liking but most of the time they don’t. Sometimes I get a lot of definition but it looks limp. At other times, I get the fullness with little definition. I prefer fullness over definition but who says you can’t have a healthy serving of both?

In order to get my twist outs looking pretty full with some decent definition, I have to do a few things:

* Less twists for fuller hair
* Set my twists on soaking wet hair to encourage more definition
* Roll ends of my twists all the way to mid shift (vs. just rolling the ends)
* Embrace the massive shrinkage (and it IS massivee)
* Flat twist the two twists that frame the front of my face
* Allow hair to air dry 95%. Contrary to some, having my hair a little damp while styling causes very
little frizz concern. That little bit of moisture actually helps to give my fine hair some oomph.
I just have to make sure I unravel my twists with an oily/buttery products on my hands.

The products I used for this twist out (and forever changing):


The process:

* On clean soaking wet hair, applied sample pack of Curls Unleashed (formerly ORS) Leave in
Conditioner ( I really like this! I will definitely have to buy it!)

* Worked Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie through each section just prior to twisting

* Layered a marble size amount of Aloe Vera Gel and finger detangled

* Twisted hair

* Sealed ends of hair with Jamaican Black Castor Oil (using this up and switching solely to apricot
castor oil because JBCO gives me the itchies) and set twists on perm rods

As I mentioned earlier, I remove the perm rods from my hair before it’s completely dry. Then, I coat my fingers with Jane Carter Nourish and Shine to untwist and fluff.

Voila, a pretty decent twist out:

twist out on fine hair

Side note: If I don’t get enough volume, I hold my head upside down and shake until I almost pass out. Not really.

Got any special tricks to give your twist outs a little more gusto?

Fine Hair and Faith

Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area. She shares tips for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. Her writings are mainly centered around herbal hair care and sharing easy hairstyles. It's her joy to inspire others using faith for living while caring for your "crown."

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