Natural hair goals: 7 stunning ways to rock a two strand twist

Looking for two strand twists for black hair? From pigtails to milkmaid braids, our gallery is packed full of inspiration that we think you'll love!  

Here at All Things Hair we’re big on braids. However, despite how many incredible woven looks there are out there, the classic two strand twist is a style we find ourselves returning to again and again. Much easier than more intricate braiding styles, as the name suggests you simply twist two strands of hair around each other to create a beautiful braided effect!

From casual pigtails to more elaborate two strand twist updos, there’s no limit to the number of styles you can create! Whether you’re on the lookout for a new go-to everyday style or something a bit fancier, we’ve got you well and truly covered.

7 ways to rock the double strand twist


black woman wearing a two strand flat twist pigtail hairstyle
Pigtails with a twist! Credit:

Plaited pigtails

In case you didn’t get the memo, grown ups can rock pigtails, too! Similar to the boxer braid trend donned by celebs like Emily Ratajkowski, this edgy double strand twist works well on hair of all lengths!

But to take this look out of the playground and give it a more mature vibe, try tying the two strands together at the base to form one, chunkier twist. Credit: @protectivestyles

twist hairstyles for natural hair: twisted side braid
There are plenty of chic ways to rock a twist. Credit:

Side braid

Looking for some date night #hairspo? Well, nothing says romantic like a side swept hairstyle! But to keep your natural mane under control, you’ll want to rock a two strand flat twist, which is ideal if you struggle with trickier French and Dutch styles.

Editor’s tip: Psst… these kinds of braids actually tend to look better the messier and more lived-in they become, so you’ll be able to drag this style out for days! Credit: @mahoganycurls

black woman with a full head of double strand twist braids
Show your love for twists with a full head of twisted braids! Credit:

Single two strand braids

If you love the practicality of woven styles, yet are totally bored of regular box braids, why not shake things up by using the two strand flat twist method to braid your whole head?!

You’ll maintain your length, with the added bonus of maximising texture and definition. Come on, what’s not to love about such a dramatic ‘do? Credit: @heygorjess

two strand twists for black hair: woman with dark brown hair in a halo braid
You can’t go wrong with a milkmaid braid.

Milkmaid braid

Stars like Vanessa Hudgens are already big fans of the milkmaid braid style, and it just so happens to be one of our favourite twist hairstyles for natural hair, too. Afro-haired ladies can rock this bohemian style by twisting the front sections of hair back into a two strand twist and layering them over each other. Credit: @candyjay34

Editor’s tip: To give your hair a sleek, polished finish, all you need to do is smooth the VO5 Frizz Free Cream through your locks before styling. It will slick down any pesky flyaways, while also adding a glossy shine.

black woman with two strand twist updo
Use a twist to add detail to a low bun. Credit:

Low bun

If you’re anything like us, then you’ll agree that two strand twists for black hair look stunning when worn in an updo! Yet when the inspriation pool runs dry, know that you can always fall back on the classic low bun. This versatile look would work equally well for school/work or a special occasion like prom, so it’s definitely a great one to keep on your radar. Credit: @msrokia

Editor’s tip: To ensure your bun stays looking chic all day, prep the hair with a pea-sized amount of the Toni&Guy Sleek Definition Cream. This multi-tasker moisturises your locks, which in turn prevents static or frizz from ruining your style.

two strand twist hairstyles: elegant twisted updo
Up your mane game with an updo! Credit:

Twisted updo

Got a wedding or other formal occasions coming up, but at a total loss for how to rocking your natural mane? Well, for a style that us sure to impress all other guests, consider a two strand twist updo!

With an intricate finish that will keep all your tresses neatly tucked away, this hairstyle will be the the perfect companion for whatever outfit you rock. Credit: @yeschrisyesss

black woman with double strand twist hair with accessories
Simple accessories can make all the difference. Credit:


Already rocking a double strand twist or other twist hairstyles for natural hair? Then you need to make like the SS17 runway and jazz up your mane with hair accessories and headpieces!

Just like box braids, two strand twists for black hair are the ideal base for all kinds of dazzling accessories. From hair rings to embellished grips, and even pretty gold cuff clips, you’ll never have a dull mane day again. Credit: @briannaa_0


We bet that you loved each and every one of these twist hairstyles for natural hair, right? Which is why we think you ought to see all the incredible marley braid hair looks we found on Instagram, here!

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