How to Save A Failed Twist Out

Last updated on June 26th, 2020 at 02:46 pm

saving a failed twist out

I love twist outs. They give my hair more volume and give my curls a different look. Sometimes my twist outs are simply awesome. Then, there’s those other times when every strand on my head seems to betray me. Failed twist outs happen.

When my twist out doesn’t look consistently defined throughout, it’s considered a total fail in my book. There’s different reasons for why a twist out may not come out as planned but we won’t get into that right now.

The Failed Twist Out

When, you have a failed twist out, you have to find a way to save it. After all that hard work you did, no sister. Something’s gotta give! The other option is to just stay home (probably not an option when you have to work to make a living).

The day I had my worst twist out ever seemed to be when I took my meticulous little time to twist each section to perfection (or so I thought).

I always twist the night before, sealing the ends and sleeping with a satin scarf and bonnet. When I wake up and my twists are still wet, that’s when things get really bad.

The sad part is it can happen even when i’m working with dirty (well not freshly washed hair). Here’s a failed twist out that I managed to save:

salvation for a failed twist out
failed twist out save

Not too bad. As you can see, I had to employ a designer satin scarf to save this twist out. I purchased a bunch of pretty scarves in bulk once and this one came in handy right on time.

A failed twist out doesn’t have to ruin your day. As long as you have pretty accessories, you can save that twist out by doing one of the following:

  • Converting the twist out into a 1/2 up 1/2 down hairdo
  • Putting your hair in a loose textured bun.
  • Pinning some sections up for a unique curly hairstyle

Do you have problems with failed twist outs?
If so, do you save the curls or just throw your hair in a pony or bun? 

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Rece

    I looooovvveeee the swoop in the front!

    1. Michelle

      Thanks Rece. It’s crazy how you can come up with a style that winds up being better than the original!

  2. JTwisdom


    You don’t need a lot of product. If your hair feels damp get under the dryer for 10-15 minutes. Have to be dry to come out defined.

    1. Michelle

      I don’t really use a lot of product but even when my hair is dry, it doesn’t define. I have a wavier pattern that tends not to curl up in some places. as the hair gets longer, it also stretches more.

      I bought some sweet butta cream this past weekend and used it. it gave me the best definition but I still need to try some different techniques.

  3. JTwisdom

    This is too cute. This look like a successful twist out. Pretty scarf. Rock it girl! I use satin rollers on the ends of my hair so my hair looks extra curly. Do you use satin rollers?

    1. Michelle

      Thanks 🙂 I use the flexi rods not the satin rollers. I saw the satin rollers but they are too much like the regular foam rollers so I skipped them. They curl the hair too tight.

    2. Michelle

      Oh so I meant to say that the twist out wasn’t successful because some places defined and others didn’t. I usually have issues with the back.

  4. MJ

    Very cute idea! Loved how you put it in an updo.

    Yeah, it’s a hit or miss with me and braid outs/twist outs. the front of my hair is always the first to loose it’s definition so scarves are my saving grace! (I have three hangers full to prove it!( LOL)

    1. Michelle

      lol that’s funny because the front of my hair defines while the back is all weird. I get stringy ends and I don’t like it so I wind up putting the back up. I think it’s this awkward stage my hair is end with two greatly differentiating lengths.

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