Want to rock your curls with a twist on traditional style? Well, go ahead and embrace those curls and get a little twisted! Carefree and effortless, curly twist hairstyles can easily offer a change in your everyday hair routine and put your curls on the center stage. Happy styling!
Let Your Curls Down
This style focuses on one of the hottest hair trends, the twisted headband. Who knew something so easy could be so chic! Of course, you could always opt for a traditional headband, but creating one with your own curls is way cooler!
- Starting with the front twist take a section of hair above your ears and two-strand twist to the ends. Bring that twisted section across to the opposite side and pin behind your ear. Repeat this on the other side.
- Let your curls hang loose in the back. The emphasis on this style is casual chic, so you don’t have to worry with getting the curls perfect. Sometimes it’s easier to just let them do their own thing!
- Type 2 (Wavy): If you have finer curls, try scrunching your hair with a microfiber towel like the Curls Like Us Curl Cloths. This will help reduce frizz and even cut your drying time down! Using a light-hold gel like DevaCurl AnGEL will give you definition, curl control and shine.
- Type 3 (Curly): You may want a bit of length with this style, so try dry twisting the back section in four to eight chunky twists. Adding an oil-based moisturizer while twisting will help smooth and stretch the hair; try Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine to impart shine and moisture.
- Type 4 (Kinky): This style looks great on a twist out, whether it’s a fresh or a week old! To get both hold and to keep frizz at bay, try twisting with Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter. This multitasking product will give you soft hold and amazing curl definition.
Tip - You don’t have to sacrifice sleep for this style! Use a satin scarf to keep the front twists smooth while you sleep. You can also keep the front twists pinned and pull the back up in a high ponytail for second or third day hair.
All Twisted Up
This style is an adaptation of a chignon, just a little more curl friendly! Sometimes you may not want all of your curls hanging loose, so what better way to still show them off? Add an extra touch of elegance to your hairstyle collection with this simple updo.
- Bobby pins are your friends when creating this curly twist style. The beauty of this look is that you can place your ringlets where you want them. Use as many bobby pins as needed.
- A little messy is okay! This style is very forgiving and won’t require spending hours to sculpt. Your natural curls, with a bit of a holding product, are the stars of this style! Remember, you still want a bit of playfulness with your curls.
- Type 2 (Wavy): Start this style by adding volume throughout your hair. Try AG Foam Weightless Volumizer to give your hair shape and body, while keeping the strands smooth and shiny. Work it through your hair from root to tip, then use a diffuser to set the curls.
- Type 3 (Curly): Try twisting your hair in several medium to large twists to create looser, wavier curls. Using a good detangler/leave-in conditioner is critical to pulling off this tousled style. Kinky Curly Knot Today is an excellent choice since it will moisturize your strands and create a smooth base for your twists.
- Type 4 (Kinky): Twist hairstyles like this work better if you dry twisting your hair into several chunky twists first. Using an oil-based product to twist, like Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love, will give you shine and definition. When you release the twists, just pin the curls where you like.
Tip - Since this is not a very structured style, it may not last more than a day or two. The beauty is in the ease and simplicity of pinning the curls off of the face and neck. Even if you take the style down, sleeping on a satin pillowcase will keep the curls from being crushed and make it a bit easier to restyle the next morning.
This look can be easily adapted in a multitude of ways, and is a simple and classy style that works for all hair types. The twisted front section adds a touch of whimsy, and you can play with different variations of the ponytail to suit your taste.
- It’s all in the front. A sleek flat twist across the front of this style sets it apart from just any regular ponytail. Starting with a side part and a medium section of hair, gently twist the section, grabbing hair from the crown to make the flat twist.
- This is a sleek look, so make sure you keep the twist low profile. Finish the twist behind your ear and use a couple of bobby pins to secure. Sweep the remainder of your hair into a ponytail holder and allow the hair to fall as it may.
- Type 2 (Wavy): Attain your best look when starting with clean hair, diffusing to add maximum volume and using clips at the root of your hair for extra lift. Using a mousse product will help your curls to stay in place, just remember not to disturb the curls too much.
- Type 3 (Curly): You may find this style easier to complete on damp hair. Using a light moisturizer like Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Curl Crème Lite will enhance the curls and help tame the frizzies without weighing the hair down. Add a bit more product to the ends to keep them nice and moisturized.
- Type 4 (Kinky): Achieve this style by transforming older twist hairstyles. Once the front twist and ponytail are in place, you may section the ponytail into 3 or 4 large twists, using a creamy moisturizing product like Karen’s Body Beautiful Creamylicious. This will add shine to the curls, lock in moisture, and once the twists are released you’ll have soft, cascading twists.
Tip - Want an alternative to the ponytail? This style can easily be transformed into a stylish side bun using a few bobby pins. Twirl the ponytail around into a bun and pin in place, or if you want a more playful look, split the ponytail in two or three sections, twist each section loosely, then secure with bobby pins.
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