It’s not always that simple, though. Here are some additional tips for great twists:

Part hair into smaller sections for a more natural, versatile look, especially if your hair is short

  1. Part hair into smaller sections for a more natural, versatile look, especially if your hair is short. Smaller twists can be swept into ponytails, updos, and other styles more easily than larger ones.
  2. Create a random pattern of partings for a more natural look. Real hair does not necessarily grow or fall in evenly-spaced rows of square boxes. Vary the size and shape of each twist to fit the length, texture, and thickness of the hair; the resulting twists will fall in a more natural hair pattern. 
  3. Start with damp or semi-dry locks to get the most out of the style. For curlier or relaxed lengths, this trick will add body, movement, and that bit of extra texture needed to make the look work. In either case, start twisting sections at the nape of the neck when your hair is about 50% dry; by the time you work to the front of the head, you should have enough moisture left to set the hair on rollers and still get some effect. If not, mist hair with water from a spray bottle to keep hair from drying out completely.
  4. Use a leave-in conditioner to help boost shine and keep hair in tip-top shape. Thickening conditioners containing ingredients like balsam can help beef up thin locks.
  5. Twist hair the same way from root to tip. A lot of women are tempted to simply start “rolling” the ends of their twists instead of properly twisting them. This incorrect motion, similar to the method used for Bantu knots, may seal the twist closed, but it also makes it hard to untwist the hair, leading to tangles and breakage. Keep crisscrossing hair all the way to the end, and you will be able to easily reverse the motion when it comes time to take the twists down.