A gorgeous, voluminous twist-out starts well before you unravel the first twist; it actually begins with the setting hairstyle, two-strand twists. This is a popular method for defining curls because it's relatively simple to master. The products you use during this step make all the difference.
For the right techniques, here are some tips. When giving yourself two-strand twist-outs, products that boast nourishing, moisturizing ingredients do a lot of the work for you. A healthy dose of rich creams, oils, and gels before you twist is the trick. Make sure you coat each section well, and always work with coconut, jojoba, or olive oil on your fingers to help minimize friction and frizz.
To get even more voluminous curls, once you undo your twists, separate pieces of hair however they naturally want to separate. Again, make sure you're working with oil on your fingers.
You could opt for high-end hair products designed to provide excellent hold, but there are also budget-friendly ones that work just as well. Some cheaper products actually perform better than their more expensive counterparts. Here are six picks that'll give you amazing twists and twist-outs. Psst: They're all $10 or less.
These eco-friendly gels come in several formulas; this one is made with 100-percent pure olive oil, so it's super moisturizing and very effective for fighting frizz. The gel is thick without weighing hair down. It adds definition to your curls and provides strong hold for a twist-out.
This custard-like styling cream doesn't have as much hold as traditional gels, but it's great if you want a softer feel. It can even be paired with gels for stronger hold. The key ingredients here are shea butter and coconut oil—two essentials for keeping black hair nourished and moisturized. It leaves twists, twist-outs, and braids feeling touchably soft.
Made with 100-percent pure shea butter, this custard cream gel moisturizes, elongates curls, and leaves a shiny finish. This is a soft-hold product as well.
Here's a super-thick, pudding-like gel that works wonders. It doesn't flake, and it provides a soft, yet strong hold for twists and twist-outs, as well as braids and dreadlocks.
Gotta love Shea Moisture. With deeply hydrating coconut oil and frizz-fighting neem oil, this tropical smoothie of a styling cream helps restore lustrousness to your curls.