Flat Twist Hairstyles: 10 Ways Culture Inspired the Runway

Alyssa François | 30 November 2017

Take this look from runway to real way.

Here at All Things Hair we love to celebrate hairstyles from various cultures. We also love how fashion designers take inspiration from different cultures and bring it all to life when showcasing their collections on the runway. Our current favorite is flat twist hairstyles. This hairstyle is a popular look amongst African-American women. Some use it as a protective style as they do with braids, i.e. box braids, cornrows and more).

The technique behind creating flat twist hairstyles is similar to how cornrows are created. The only difference is that the hair is twisted and not braided. We have come across many iterations of the look, and we love how designers have recreated this style on women of different ethnicities with different hair colors. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our top favorite flat twist hairstyles on different hair textures and hair colors from the runway:

10 Flat Twist Hairstyles: How the Runway Turned Inspiration Into Reality

Flat Twists on Black Hair Color

Have black-colored hair and want an idea of how flat twist hairstyles will look on you? Take a look at these styles below.

Flat twist hairstyles: back view
Party at the back. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Backview of Flat Twist

Pull out a few pieces to create an undone finish and add a bit of flair to your look.

flat twist hairstyles: neat bun
Keep it simple with a neat bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Simple Flat Twist Bun

Want to stay away from disheveled looks? Keep it simple with a neat updo style.

flat twist hairstyles: tendrils
Add a stylish touch. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Face-Framing with Tendrils

Create a stylish effect by pulling out tendrils on each side of your face. This technique is ideal if you’re aiming to create a look that also frames and complements your face shape.

flat twist hairstyles: top knot
Position your bun higher. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Top Knot Style

Want to recreate the look of a top knot with flat twist? Position your bun at a higher level on your head.

Flat Twists on Blonde Hair

We love how the details of the flat twist stitch stands out on blonde hair colors. Here’s a simple way to style the look.

flat twist hairstyles blonde hair
Add sheen to your style to make it stand out. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Flat Twist Hairstyles with A Shiny Finish

Want to really make your style stand out? Finish off your look with a shine spray or serum like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. Simply rub a few drops of the serum over your hair to create this shiny effect.

flat twist hairstyles: cone bun
Coil your bun into a cone shape. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Cone Bun

Have fun with creating different shapes to your bun. We admire the cone-like effect of this bun style.


Flat Twist on Brown Hair

Rich, and deep brown hair colors look great with flat twist hairstyles. Here’s proof:

flat twist hairstyles: brown hair
Dark brown roots, and warm brown ends. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. The Ombré Effect

Make your style statement with a ombré style. We love the contrast of dark brown twists and a light brown bun.

flat twist hairstyles: dark brown hair
Rich chocolatey hues with a twist. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Flat Twists on Dark Brown Hair

Create neat flat twist hairstyles on rich chocolate hair colors. Use a hair product like TRESemmé Smooth and Silky Shine No Frizz Spray to keep flyways under control and to add shine to your style.



Flat Twist on Red Hair

Whether you have hair on the scarlet side or deep red, the flat twist style works well on any shade of red.

flat twist hairstyles: red hair color
The undone bun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. The Undone Bun Style

Go wild with the disheveled look to create a modern spin on the grungy look.

flat twist hairstyles: red hair bun
Center of the crown. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Mid Bun

The mid bun style is a simple every day look to pair up with flat twist hairstyles. This style is great if you’re not into super high top knots. To create the look, you can use a gel like Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel to set your flat twist in place.


This doesn’t complete our obsession with flat twist styles from the runway. Here are some more twisted looks we love