101 Twisted Styles

If you’d like to submit a twisted hair style, here are the “rules”:

  • Hairstyle must involve twists, but can be combined with other styles such as cornrows
  • No kinky twists or styles that involve fake hair
  • Please include a picture taken in good lighting, preferably at least 2 different angles, though one angle is fine. Please also ensure that the picture is not too small or taken from too far away.
  • Twists preferably done on hair in its natural state…in other words, no flat ironed hair. Lightly blown out or stretched hair is fine.
  • Transitioning hairstyles that involve twists are welcome. Please indicate that the style is a transitioning style.

This page will be updated as styles are gathered :)

Style #1–Plain old twists done on wet hair

Twists done on wet hair

  • Done on wet hair, which allows the twists to shrink up
  • No comb parts, just grab and twist
  • Tutorial is here

Style #2- Plain old twists done on dry hair

Twists on Dry Hair after Banding (Photo courtesy of Valerie at http://sunrisefoods.blogspot.com )

  • Twists done on dry hair allow more length to be visible
  • May need to stretch hair out before twisting with banding or some other method
  • No comb parts, just grab and twist with a small amount of moisturizing butter

Style #3- Twists in high donut bun (Bun #1)

Twists in high bun

  • Twists done on dry hair in high bun
  • Used ouchless band to gather hair in high ponytail and then bobby pins to make bun

Style #4 Twists Half Up/Half Down

Twists half up with flexi 8

  • Twists gathered at the top with flexi 8 accessory.

Style #5-Loosely pulled back low pony

  • Pre-stretched goody band loosely applied to twists at base of neck

Style #6- French Twists with 2 Flat Twists in the front (Updo #1)

Flat twist in front

"I've been wearing twists forever but this is the first time I've tried anything this elaborate (which is why it's a little messy). My hair is in two flat twists in the front, with a French twist/bump in the back"

-Style courtesy of Alecia @ Bang-Bang’s Quest for Yay, Yum, and Yes

Style #7–Updo with Goody Ouchless Clip (Updo#2)

Back of updo

"My twists are always done on wet, freshly co-washed and deep conditioned hair. I air dry them until they are 95% dry, I then gather twists and do an upstyle. In these pics I secured them with a Goody Ouchless clip. "

-Style courtesy of JoyCurl (fotki)

Style #8–Mini twists

"Twisted using bee mine Luscious Moisturizer on Blow dried hair"

–Style courtesy of Mookshair (fotki)

Styles #9– Big twists in bun with twistout bang (Bun #2)

"Twist Bun with Twistout Bang Done on Natural 4B Dry Stretched Hair"

-Style courtesy of Mookshair (fotki)

Style #10- Cornrows in front, twists in back

Straight cornrows in front with twists in back

-Courtesy of Mookshair (fotki)

Style # 11 Half up Half Down Updo (Updo #3)

Courtesy of Serenity23

Here are some photos of my hair in mini twists. I basically washed and twisted it with a homemade concoction of shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. I spritz each morning with water and glycerin. After wearing my twists down for several days I had to start finding cute ways to style them. I basically just used a bunch of bobby pins and started pinning."

Style #12 Twists in Low Side Ponytail

Secured with goody ouchless band. Twists done on dry hair to give more length

Style #13 Twists in Low Side Bun (Bun #3)

Make a ponytail first and then secure bun with bobby pins. Decorate as needed!

Style #14 Flat Twisted-Pin Curled Mohawk (Updo #4)

Style and tutorial courtesy of Confessions of a Blog Vixen. Click on picture to go to her awesome blog!

Tutorial (click here for channel):

Style #15 Cornrow Updo (Updo #5)

Courtesy of Confessions of a Blog Vixen. Click on picture to visit her blog!

Tutorial (click here for channel):

Style #16 Easy Twisted French Braid Tuck Under 

Simply french braid twists and then tuck the tail under and back into the bun. Use bobby pins to secure.


Style #17 Braidout on Twists


To get this style, moisten hair lightly with spritz and braid several large sections. Leave in overnight or a few hours and then undo.







Style #18 French Roll with Pin Curls (Updo#6)

*photos courtesy of Chantal

  • I deep conditioned (on dry (and dirty)) hair with AOWC and Hairveda SitriNillah, I washed my hair with Giovanni 50/50 shampoo and detangled with Aussie Moist
  • I then did medium twists on wet hair all over my head with a part on the left side.  I let the twists dry overnight.
  • Then I did a french braid up the back using mainly the inner most twists and leaving out a section a little larger than my palm for the pin curls at the top.
  • Once at the top I completed the braid and laid it against my scalp.  I then gathered the bang/fringe part in the front and did pin curls to cover the braid and to form my fringe/bang.  I basically just pinned them in ways to cover the roots and I made a swoop because I need something on my forehead–it’s king of big, haha.  Then with the loose twists on the sides of the braid, I swooped them across the braid on an angle (four/five from one side and four/five from the other underneath the first set of swoops).

Style #19- Flat twists with off center part, twists in back

*Pics courtesy of RJ!

Style #20 Lady Bug Twists

*Pics courtesy of RJ

For those looking for children’s styles – I apologize, but it’s hard to keep a one year still enough to photograph sometimes, but I flat twisted my daughter’s hair into two high pony-tails for halloween and used scrunchies to make them stand up.  This was mainly because we managed to buy this costume and somehow the “antennae” headband wasn’t in the bag so rather than wig out about it, I improvised.  I have 2 after Halloween photos of what can be done with this as well.

Style #21 (Updo #7) Twisted Back Updo, Loose Front

*Courtesy of Faith

Click on picture for video tutorial.

Style #22 (Bun #4) Twisted Swirly Bun

Style #23 Flat Twist Side Bun (Bun #5)

Click on picture to view tutorial by NotoriousLYNappy1.

Style #24 Criss-crossed flat twists/twists

Thanks to Dominique-Alexis of Natural Hair Care Info:

I used moisturizer, peanut oil, a rat tail, a wide tooth, and rubber bands to accomplish this style. Using my sisters real natural hair, I cornrowed half her head, then did simple two strand twists on the side. She got SOOOOOO many compliments on this style. A cute style that’s a bit out of the ordinary. Enjoy :)

Style #25 Twisted Updo (Updo #8)

Tutorial (courtesy of OLUB20):

#26 Cornrowed Updo with Side Twists (Updo #9)

Courtesy of Bettina:

Cornrowed up the back and along one side. Two strand twists on one side. Spray bottle with water and coconut oil + essential oils gel to smooth and hold the twists and cornrows.

Wore the twists pinned up or hanging down.

Style #27

Courtesy of Bettina:

Blowdried hair. Spray bottle with water and a mixture of coconut oil and other essential oils used as ‘gel’ to hold the twists in the front. The back is twisted and secured with rubber bands and then bobby pins.

More to come!



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  • Cotton Blossom


    What products are you using to twist your hair now?

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  • Val

    It looks nice Chantal!!

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  • TheCoilWhisperer

    Thank you so much for pulling this together. I NEED some ideas for protective styling.

  • Curls and Coils

    Loving all the twists styles. I want to try them all.

  • Nkeon

    Thanks for putting these up! I’ve been looking for ideas on twist updos for ages. Your hair is very thick and must be a bonus for doing some of these styles!

  • Sheray93

    Thanks for the inspiration and ideas! <3

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  • Lisa

    I’ve been twisting my natural hair for about 5 years and it used to look really cute like style #1 above. I used a rat tail comb to part and have to admit when I re-did it alot of times I washed with the twists still in and just re-did the twists in the same spots they were already in. Now I have a lot of breakage, mostly along the lines where I’ve parted over the years. So within a day or so I’ve got hair sticking out of the twists making it look really messy. Help! I’ve almost given up on twists but have no idea what else to do with my natural hair.

  • Lydia

    That little girl is just too cute!

  • Anonymous

    that little girl is the very epitome of angelic cuteness!!!!

  • http://www.greathairtransplants.com Gracy K.

    I didn’t know that natural hair could be so versatile. These are beautiful alternatives to plain old afro.

  • Ebonie

    I did my big chop last November and I’m loving my hair but I have very kinky hair and I’m still in search for a good moisturizing product thanks if anyone can help

  • http://motherissues.wordpress.com Thorn

    I used the exact same concept as #20 to make ladybug hair for my four-year-old this Halloween, and she loved it! I’m glad to see the look getting more attention. My little one sleeps on her sides, and having flat twists up the sides of her heads and any puffs on the top makes her more comfortable.

  • Gemma

    Thanks Lisa, you identified my problems exactly. HELP!!!

  • http://newlynatural.com kcurly

    Lisa and Gemma…try a thicker product if possible. Also, while you are twisting, try twirling or coiling the two sections with your finger as you are twisting if that makes any sense. The only other suggestion I have is, if the hairs are coming out of the twists close to the roots, try braiding the hair a bit before you start twisting.

  • http://naturalhairinthemedia.com Tiffany

    Thank you so much for these styles! I keep coming back to this post for style inspiration. And a lot of the online style tutorials you see are for loose, natural hair. Not twists. Which is why I love this post!

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    Hey there. I am wondering if you would be interested in doing a link swap? I see your blog: http://newlynatural.com/blog/101-twisted-styles/ and my blog are structured around the same subject matter. I’d really like to switch links or perhaps guest author a article for you. Here is my personal e-mail: Buzzi@gmail.com. Be sure to contact me if you’re even remotely interested. Thanks for your time.

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  • Jessica Ellerbe

    I am looking to start natural journey.. I have a short hair cut & I had a perm at the beginning of the month. look for tips and pointers. HELP PLEASEEEEEE!!

  • http://chanshealthyhappyhair.blogspot.com Chandra

    This two strand twist style gallery is so helpful! and I love seeing how your twists have evolved and grown KC!

  • mmi

    enjoyed our designs gave me ideals on what to get , does the kinky twist work well with thin hair too

  • Anonymous

    hair twist

  • KoKo

    I really love using raw shea butter to keep my hair soft and hydrated. I also love the look of 3-strand twists. It makes for denser twists and a much curlier twist-out!

  • Jacky

    So many lovely styles,i love them all especially styles 12,13 and 17.

  • Vee

    I like all of the twisted styles. I am an older woman and went natural about a year and a half ago. I wear an afro most of the time and just had twists done at the beauty salon. I like it but the front of my hair is not long enough yet to fill in. My hair at the back is very thick. Is there any style I can do to give the impression that I have more hair in the front until it grows more? Thanks for your blog.

  • Stacy

    I am a teacher and I wear twists, puffs, twist out or an afro most of the time. I’ve been natural for 4 years and have really thick, coily hair. Cantu Shea Butter Curling Cream is a great daily moisturizer, but I use a little Carol’s Daughter Hair Honey to hold the ends of my twists so they will last 5 days. Twist out for the weekend and I only have to do my hair once a week. I loved the styles in the photos!!

  • Rose Mogotu

    lov it