Easy Way To Get The Perfect Twist Out On 4C Natural Hair

Enjoy your bouncy curls with the easy step-by-step guide for the perfect twists.

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Written by Arshiya Syeda, BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Dip
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If you have 4C curls and are looking for a simple way to add some definition to those kinky locks, you are not alone. A perfect twist out on 4C natural hair is the best option to try. Irrespective of the length of your hair, a twist can help you detangle it without any pain and hair loss. It also defines your curls, protects your hair from dirt build-up, and imparts a new bouncy look to your mane.

This article explores how to get a perfect twist out on 4C natural hair in a simple and easy way. We also discuss the products to use and the common mistakes to avoid. Scroll down for more information.

What Is 4C Natural Hair?

4C natural hair is a unique and beautiful texture known for its coil-like structure and tight density. It’s the most coily and dense hair type within Type 4 that is characterized by small, tightly wound coils. Unlike other coily hair types, 4C hair lacks a defined curl pattern. It instead appears in a zig-zag fashion with a spring factor that ranges from 8 to 16 inches.

This hair type tends to shrink significantly and results in a voluminous appearance. But despite its volume, 4C hair is delicate and easily prone to breakage, dryness, and frizz. The tightly coiled strands do not retain moisture easily. This contributes to the dryness and frizz.

In the following section, we will look at how you can twist this hair type easily. Continue reading.

How To Twist Out 4C Hair Easily On All Hair Lengths

If you are looking for a perfect hairstyle that provides your hair with definition and adds hair volume, then a twist out style might be what you need. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial with pictures to help you twist out your 4C natural hair easily:

Step 1: Section your hair after washing.

Section your hair after washing for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 2: Clamp the rest of the hair.

Clamp the rest of the hair for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 3: Apply a hair moisturizer to the sectioned hair. Focus on the ends.

Apply a hair moisturizer to the sectioned hair for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 4: Comb your hair, starting at the end, and work your way up.

Comb your hair starting at the end and work your way up for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 5: Apply shea butter or coconut oil. Make sure each strand is moisturized.

Apply shea butter or coconut oil for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 6: Comb your hair.

Comb your hair for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 7: Section the hair into two.

Section the hair into two for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 8: Clamp one half. Apply whipped butter or a styling cream or a leave-in conditioner to the hair.

Clamp one half and apply whipped butter or a styling cream or a leave-in conditioner to the hair for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 9: Divide this portion of the hair into two and start twisting them together.

Divide this portion of the hair into two and start twisting them together for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 10: When you get to the end, twist the hair around your fingers and leave it.

When you get to the end twist the hair around your fingers and leave it for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 11: Repeat the process.

Repeat the above steps for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 12: Well, keep going! Listen to good music – it’ll help.

Keep repeating the same process for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 13: Leave the two-strand twist on overnight or for 30 hours.

Leave the two-strand twist on overnight or for 30 hours for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 14: Pour a few drops of almond oil on your palms and rub them together.

Pour a few drops of almond oil on your palms and rub them together for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 15: Start untwisting the hair by twisting it in the opposite direction.

Start untwisting the hair by twisting it in the opposite direction for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 16: Separate the twists. Just be patient, and you’ll love the end result.

Separate the twists for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Step 17: Pick the roots just a little if you want the twists to last.

Pick the roots just a little if you want the twists to last for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Final Result: Look at those beautiful curls!

Pick the roots just a little if you want the twists to last for perfect twist out on 4C natural hair
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Defining the twists needs a lot of patience, especially if you have 4C, kinky, or high porosity hair. The following section has a list of products you should keep handy whenever you decide to twist your 4C curls. These products can help moisturize, hydrate, nourish, and add a slip to the hair so that twisting it becomes easy.

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Senegalese, Havana, and Marley are different types of twist hairstyles.

Products To Use To Twist Out 4C Hair

  • Coconut Oil – If your hair is tangled, nothing works better than virgin coconut oil. Apply it to the sections of your hair and comb your way up from the ends to the roots to easily detangle your hair.
  • Olive Oil Gel – Olive oil gel is great for reducing frizz. If your hair is not gel-friendly, you can use olive oil to tame flyaways and frizz. Apply it before and after twisting your hair.
  • Shea Butter Souffle Or Cream – The mother of moisturization, shea butter souffle or hair cream is a product that your hair is going to love. Apply it while twisting your hair so that each strand is moisturized and nourished.
  • Twist Locking Gel – It locks the twists by providing a strong hold.
  • Almond OilUse almond oil as a serum every 24 hours to add shine, hydrate the twists, and reduce frizz.

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You may also secure your locks with a scrunchie before bed to get overnight twist-outs. Ensure to cover your head with a satin bonnet before sleeping.

 If you are new to twisting your hair all by yourself, here’s a list of common mistakes to avoid.

Must Read: Twist Out Mistakes To Avoid 

  • Twisting your hair without washing it. A terrible thing to do! Always wash your hair before you twist it.
  • Not letting your hair dry completely before you start twisting it. Let your hair dry out completely. Wet hair may weaken the roots and cause itchy scalp, odor, and frizz. The twists will also lack definition.
  • Not letting your hair cool down. If you use a blow dryer to dry your hair, allow it to cool down completely to reduce frizz.
  • Not detangling before twisting. This is just going to make the process harder for you. Use coconut oil and a comb to detangle your hair.
  • Not using the right products. Your hair texture, thickness, and type (dry, damaged, etc.) are different from everyone else’s. Hence, use products that suit your hair the best and add definition to your curls.
  • Using too much product. Guess what happens! Your twists are not as bouncy and voluminous as you want them to be. Use the right amount of product to keep the twists alive.

Take a look at these gorgeous before and after pictures of women with twists on 4c curls. 

Twist Out Before And After Pictures

Perfect twist out on 4C natural hair before and after picture 1
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Perfect twist out on 4C natural hair before and after picture 2
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Perfect twist out on 4C natural hair before and after picture 3
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Infographic: 4C Natural Hair: Products To Use And Mistakes To Avoid While Twisting Out

Although 4C hair is often thought to be difficult to style, it is quite versatile as it can be twisted, curled, braided, and tied. The problem is that 4C hair is very fragile and prone to breakage while styling, so it is important to be gentle on the hair. One of the most trendsetting hairstyles for kinky hair at all times is the twisted-out mane. This method not only enhances the coil, but it also puts less pressure on the hair than other braiding techniques. If you are looking to style your 4C tresses in a twist-out style, go through the infographic below to know about the right products to be used and what precautions you have to keep in mind.

4c natural hair products to use and mistakes to avoid while twisting out (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

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A perfect twist on 4c natural hair is the best way to protect your hair from buildup, reduce hair loss, and to get a bouncy appearance. You can follow the step-by-step guide mentioned in the article for a proper and perfect twist. Keeping some products such as coconut oil, shea butter, or almond oil can damage your hair painlessly and keep it moisturized. If you are twisting your hair for the first time, make sure you dry and detangle your hair and use suitable products to keep your hair bouncy and nourished.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to retwist a twist out every night?

If you have short hair, it is better to retwist your hair every night in order to maintain your hairstyle. A twist out on longer hair, when protected and maintained properly, can last for up to 1-2 weeks.

How often should 4C hair be washed?

You should wash your 4C hair as little as possible as they are highly prone to breakage, dryness, and brittleness. Ideally, washing 4C hair once a week or every 5 to 10 days is more than enough.

How can the weather and climate affect a twist out on 4C natural hair?

Weather and climatic factors such as wind, humidity, and heat can dry out 4C hair and affect its texture. They can make your 4C twists appear frizzy and unruly. To avoid this, keep your strands hydrated and follow effective hair care practices, such as covering your hair with a silk cap at night and minimizing heat styling.

Key Takeaways

  • If your hair is not gel-friendly, use olive oil to tame flyaways and frizz.
  • Almond oil adds shine, hydrates the twists, and reduces frizz.
  • Use a blow dryer to dry your hair and allow it to cool down completely to reduce frizz.

Learn how to get the perfect twist out on short natural hair every time! Get the best tips and tricks for type 4 hair. Check out the video today to get the look you want with ease!

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