How to Create a Two Strand Twist Out in Under 15 Minutes

Nail the two strand twist out.

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Two strand twist out styles are one of our fave protective styles for natural hair. They’re easy to create and can last up to 4-6 weeks. This step by step breakdown of the twist out, a natural hair basic and overall fierce look, is a breeze with help from beauty Vlogger, Breanna aka Mini Marley. If your hair needs a break from heat styling then you need to give this style a try! Check out the products she uses in her video (above) and follow along below for a detailed guide to achieving this look. Plus, we’ve included some of our fave styles to create with two strand twist outs.

1. Start Fresh

Breanna suggests to wash with a system like Dove Nourishing Rituals Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner for smoothing out those curls and making the hair more manageable.

2. Choose Your Part

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 Using a fine-toothed comb, she sectioned off her hair into her part of choice. Breanna prefers a side part for her twist out look.

3. Divide and section

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She then divides the rest of her hair into two separate sections and ties the top half of each up and out of the way. This will let her focus on smaller sections at a time.

4. Moisturize

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As Breanna mentions, she always adds oil to each section before she begins working and makes sure it’s fully saturated. We like Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Hair Oil.

5. Prevent Frizz

Breanna then uses Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream on each individual strand to prep them for the twist out.

6. Twist Away

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Separating that section into two, she tightly winds each section around the other all the way until the end. Breanna repeats these steps all throughout that section and then on the other side of her head adding the anti-frizz cream as she goes.

7. Sleep On It

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Breanna sleeps on the twists overnight to let them work their magic for ideal levels of curl.

8. Loosen

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You’re ready to unveil your two strand twist out! Breanna uses her finger in the opposite direction of the twists to unravel them and fluffs them out as she goes for optimum volume. After undoing the twists on both sides of her head, she goes in with a pick to fluff, fluff, fluff.

Alternatively: For a slightly different look, she shows the option of creating thicker and chunkier twists for a wider curl and an overall more voluminous result.

1. Flirty Half Updo

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A cute half updo always makes for a flirty and fun style.

Create a few twists on top to make a tight half updo. Making the half updo style a little tighter and closer to the scalp will give the illusion of more volume in your curls.

2. Twist Out Bangs

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Try this method of twist out with your bangs! It adds loads of volume. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

If you have bangs then you need to try a two strand twist out style. You will have the most fabulous curly bangs and volume for days.

3. Top Knot

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Create a cute updo with your curls.

Get a little creative with a cornrow updo. Your curls will look major in a large top knot.

4. Voluminous Side Part

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Create volume with a side part.

Get major volume by creating a deep side part and twisting down the less voluminous side. If your curls are on the shorter side it will also create the illusion of bangs.

5. Side Bangs

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Create your own side bangs.

Once you’ve taken your twists out, experiment with creating a slight side part to create the illusion of side bangs.

6. Space Buns

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Keep two twists and put the rest in space buns!

Leave two front twists in your style to frame your face for this fun space buns look.

7. Brushed Out

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Brush out your curls for a little more volume and fluffier texture.

Go for a fluffier look by gently brushing out your two strand twist curls.

8. Pineapple Updo

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When in doubt, put it up in a pineapple updo.

The pineapple updo is a classic and a great easy style to create with a twist out.

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