Protective styling: flat twist out and braid out (updated with video)

Hi everyone, i have included a short video at the bottom of this article, to show how i braid and flat twist my hair.

With hair products, less is more. When our hair gets to a certain length we begin to explore different styles, but at the same time we need to remember not to over manipulate our hair. If our hands are constantly in our hair, we will damage our hair. So it is best if you can pick a protective style that will last for a week or two or even a month.

Welcome back everyone 😺 to another hair topic. Today is the beginning of the protective style episode, Yayy 🙌🏼!!! We will be looking at two of my favourite and go-to styles, the flat twist out and the braid out. 

These are beautiful and easy styles that can be done in minutes and with amazing results. You can do both styles on damp or dry hair. I have noticed that I get better results when I do these styles on damp hair. In my opinion, it is easier to work with natural hair when it is damp, that way you can detangle any knot you come across easier. The tools you will need are;

  • A spray bottle
  • Some hair clips
  • A wide toothed comb or your fingers
  • Any styling product of your choice: the ones i will be using today are;
    Smooth ‘N shine polishing curled up mousse.

    Cantu Shea butter coconut oil shine & hold mist

To achieve a successful flat twist out, follow these steps;

  1. Spritz your hair with water if it is dry, just to make it damp.
  2. Divide it into four sections (it’s easier for me to work with it this way). Clip away each section or use a hair band that won’t snag your hair.img_0852
  3. Choose a section of hair to begin with (I like to start from the top and work my way around).
  4. For each section, add a little amount of your olive or jojoba oil and a holding product (like Eco styler gel, curling mousse, curling cream).
  5. Apply these products generously through your hair, and do not forget the ends of the hair (this is the oldest part of the hair and it needs more attention).
  6. The amount of hair you decide to twist will depend on how tight you want your curls to come out. I like to twist in smaller sections.
  7. When you have your desired section, begging twisting by dividing that section in two and twisting them around each other.
  8. As you twist, make sure to detangle gently along the way if you come across any knots.
  9. When you’re done twisting, curl the ends and continue. The same process throughout the hair.

Steps for a braid out;

  1. You would follow the same steps in the twist out (1 – 6).
  2. To braid, divide your braid section into three and begin to place one over the other and at the same time picking more pieces of hair as you go on. this is the same as a basic plait. 
  3. When you’re done, curl the ends as well.

This is the end result after twisting the top half of my hair and braiding the bottom part of my hair.

When you’re done twisting/braiding, you can wrap it up in a silk scarf until the following morning when it is completely dry or just leave it to air dry. But if you can’t wait and need to be somewhere soon, I would recommend a bonnet dryer. This helps dry your hair quicker and it doesn’t use direct heat, so it’s a win win. The one i use is the Red by kiss universal soft bonnet dryer. it is very effective and convenient. You just simply attach it to your blow-dryer and place the bonnet on your head and tighten the string to secure it in place.

Red by kiss universal soft bonnet dryer

Always to let your hair and scalp rest after each protective style, so as not to put too much stress on your hair. because if you do, then that can cause more damage than good.

Take down.

Before you loosen the twists/braids, you should rub some oil (castor, olive, etc.) on your fingers, that way you will reduce frizz. Below is the oil i like to spray on my fingers when unraveling my braids/twists.

Palmers olive oil formula with vitamin E

After carefully unraveling each twist/braid, use a pick comb to fluff your hair from the roots and just the roots. You get more volume this way. below is a picture of how i styled my end result.

The two puffs are the twisted out section and the bottom half is the braid-out.


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Have a lovely day.

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