Should I twist dry or wet hair?

Two Strand Twists on dry or wet Hair? The best way.

Should you install two strand twists/ mini twists on dry or wet hair? On this post we cover how to install twists on both dry and wet hair, and the pros and cons of each.

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Natural hair twists on dry or wet hair
Twisting dry hair
Twisting wet hair

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There isn’t right or wrong way to install twists. The right way is which works best for you or rather meets your needs or expectations. Twists have been my go to protective style for the longest time because I can install them myself, easy to care for and they look cute.

To start off this post, let’s talk things to consider before choosing whether to install twists on wet or dry hair. What is your end goal? Tighter twists/ tight twist out curls, longer twists and looser curls? You should keep in mind how you want your twists or twist outs to turn out.

Also, if you’re intending on wearing twists as a protective style, make sure you prep your hair for that. By prep I mean wash, deep condition, detangle and moisturize before installing them.

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Should you install twists on dry or wet hair?

Personally, I install twists on wet hair when installing chunky twists because they hold better than on dry hair. Also note that when installing on wet hair, some parts of your hair may dry before twisting, you’ll need a spray bottle with water for the drying parts.

Twists installed on wet hair hold better, have tighter curls and shrink more than when installed on dry hair. If you’re looking for tight and popping curls and don’t mind the length of your twists or twist outs, this is your go to method.

The twists may take longer to dry, practice a little patience. How do you install twists on wet hair? After rinsing off the deep conditioner, preferably use a balanced deep conditioner like Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner, apply your go to leave-in conditioner, my favorite leave-in for well moisturized hair is African Pride Moisture Miracle Coconut Oil & Baobab Oil Leave-In Hair Cream, oil/butter and a curling cream(optional), Creme Of Nature, Curl Cream will do then twist your hair. Twisting rule; make sure the two sections you are twisting are equal. Don’t borrow from the other section unless you want a tangled twist out.

With dry hair, you get looser curls, longer twists and twist outs. By dry hair I mean moisturized dry hair where you moisturize your hair, install braids, use bands to stretch your hair as it dries, you can also use heat to dry and stretch.

The dry hair will be soft and moisturized making it easy to install twists. Make sure the sections you wanna twist are equal, don’t borrow. You can use curling cream for twists to hold and activate curls. When installing chunky twists consider braiding the base to avoid puffy roots.

Dry hair or Wet hair? What’s your pick?

  • Dry hair will give you looser curls, the twists may unravel too.
  • Wet hair will give the best curl definition and twists hold better. With wet hair, you will notice more shrinkage as the twists dry.
  • Dry hair will give you more length
  • Twists installed on wet hair lasts longer than those installed on dry hair.
  • Also, the smaller the twists, the fuller your styles look. Mini twists may give you a fuller look than chunky twists.
  • Try both and find out which works best for you.

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Valerie Kinoti

Valerie Kinoti has loved all things hair since she was 8 and always dreamt of having long hair. Decades later she is living the long hair dream and sharing all tips, tricks she has learned over the years.

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