How To Do Two Strand Twists

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How to Do Two Strand Twists

Three Parts:

Two-strand twists are a versatile hairstyle that can work on either short or long hair. The basic two-strand twists can be used as a base hairstyle for many different variations so that each hairdresser can give an individualized look. Children can also benefit from this easy-to-keep hairstyle since it can be dressed up with ribbons or beads. Follow the steps below to learn how to do two-strand twists with a professional look that can be another added hairstyle choice for your hair care routine.


Getting Ready for Your Twists

  1. Decide what kind of twist style you would like.You can divide the hair into large sections for less twists or do small random twists all over the scalp. The styles and options are almost endless, so choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
  2. Shampoo and condition the hair.Give your hair a nice shampoo lather and rinse followed by a thorough conditioning. Once you have finished washing your hair begin drying by only removing excess water; It is very important to leave the hair a little damp.
    • Try removing excess water by blotting or squeezing the hair gently with a cotton t-shirt. Do not rub your hair!
    • Don't use a towel because it will dry your hair out. Also, it will make you hair frizzy and your curls can get tangled in the towel.
    • If your hair has drops of water dripping off the ends it is still too wet and you should continue blotting.
  3. Detangle the hair.Comb through the hair with a wide-tooth comb.
    • Start by combing the ends of the hair. Once those tangles are gone then slide up an inch or so and (still combing downwards) keep combing until all tangles (from the roots - down) are gone.
    • Use detangling spray (i.e.Kinky Curly Knot Today) for a smoother comb through.
  4. Part your hair into two sections.Use a rat-tail comb (a comb that has teeth on one end and a styling separator on the other) to part the hair horizontally from ear to ear.
    • Hold the top and bottom sections separate from each other by using hair clips for each section.
  5. Divide the top and bottom parts into six even sections.These are the sections you will use to make your twists (Please note: This is example is only using six twists, however the procedure is the same for many).
    • To create three sections on the top part, part the hair running from the crown down to the horizontal part you previously made. Clip each section so they remain separated.
    • To create three sections on the bottom part, part the hair running from the base of your scalp up to the horizontal part you previously made. Clip each section so they remain in place.

Twisting the Hair

  1. Remove the clip from the first (and eventually all) of the six sections of hair.This will be the only section that has been unclipped/not twisted and loose.
    • It may be easier to work from the bottom to the top so you do not take the chance of messing up the top twists.
  2. Comb the loose section.Use the wide-tooth comb again to remove any tangles that might have been created in the separating and clipping process.
  3. Apply hair lotion, curling cream, curling gel, or mousse.These styling products make the hair follicles sticky and will help to lock in the style.
    • Rub the product onto your hands and smooth it into the loose section of hair to be twisted.
  4. Secure and separate the loose section.Use an elastic rubber band (optional) to hold the hair in place and separate the hair into two new sections.
    • You do not need to use a rubber band if you prefer not to.
    • Place the rubber band as close to the roots as possible while taking care to not pull the hair too tightly.
    • Make sure the two separated sections are even.
  5. Twist the two new sections of hair together.Cross left over right until the end of the section is reached.
    • Allow the ends to curl on each other and apply hair gel to hold the twist in place.

Decorating and Taking Care of the Twists

  1. Embellish with beads, barrettes, bows, or elastics with balls.The embellishments can be added to the ends or base of the twists.
    • Barrettes, bows and elastics are normally snapped/tied into place.
    • Beads can be added by sliding them over the ends of the twists far enough up so they stick in place. It's best to secure the twist with a rubber band to keep the beads in place. Alternatively, you can find beads that clip onto your hair, which are specifically made for styles like the two strand twist.
  2. Sleep with satin.Wear a satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase to help your twist style stay intact.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I take a twist apart?

    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Ashley Adams is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Illinois. She completed her Cosmetology education from John Amico School of Hair Design in 2019.
    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Expert Answer
    They are very easy to unravel. All you need to do is twist them in the opposite direction than you did when you styled your hair. For example, if you twisted them to the right when you made the twists, then you'll twist them to the left to loosen them.
  • Question
    Should I add beeswax onto my two strand twist? I've heard that you shouldn't because it's hard to get out, and I've heard that you can but don't use too much. What should I do?

    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Ashley Adams is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Illinois. She completed her Cosmetology education from John Amico School of Hair Design in 2019.
    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Expert Answer
    You can use beeswax on your two strand twist, but it's totally optional. If you do decide to use it, you should only apply a very small amount. When you want to remove it, you can easily wash it out by using a clarifying shampoo.
  • Question
    How do I twist with short hair?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends how short it is. If it's to your shoulders, then brush it upwards like you were doing a high ponytail.
  • Question
    Can I swim with my twists without a swim cap?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You could, but it could damage your twists.
  • Question
    What if my hair is really short?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Do smaller sections if it is a bob. If you have a pixie, twisting your hair would be impossible, and you'll just have to wait for it to grow.
  • Question
    Do I have to wait for my two strands to dry before laying down in bed?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, but when you do go to bed, wear a satin bonnet or sleep on a silk pillowcase. Most people that want to take the twists out in the morning will wait for them to dry completely overnight.
Unanswered Questions
  • Can I add wax to my two strands? I heard that it can't be washed out and can cause residue, but I also heard you can just use a little.
  • How do I twist extension hair?
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Quick Summary

To do two-strand twists, start by dividing damp hair into 6 horizontal sections, starting at your forehead and ending at the base of your scalp, and securing each one with a clip. Then, remove the clip from the bottom section and apply hair lotion to lock in the style. Next, separate two small sections of hair and twist them together left over right. When you reach the end of the hair, apply gel to hold the twist in place before creating another twist next to it, all across the bottom section of hair. Finally, repeat this with each large section of hair, moving up towards your forehead.

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  • If the hair begins to dry while doing the two-strand twists in other sections, dampen with a water spray bottle.
  • If a twist style begins to unravel or look frizzy, unravel the twists, separate into more sections, and re-twist.
  • Twists may be done with clean, dry hair if you use a water-filled spray bottle to dampen the hair.
  • Combing each section of hair with a boar-bristle brush will give a smoother, shinier twist.


  • If you use rubber bands to secure the base of the braids, be careful not to pull too tight. Hair loss may occur if the hair is pulled too tightly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towel (optional)
  • Detangler
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hair styling gel
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubber bands
  • Hair embellishments

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