How to do an under-not-over two-strand twist.

Tracey Wallace's under-not-over two-strand twist
"Over, not under" twist that increases curl and volume and gets 37 Facebook likes!

As the content editor at NaturallyCurly, I was pretty positive that I knew all there was to know about natural hair, be you wavy, curly or coily. Seriously, the vast amount of tips that I contain within my brain and share with all those who dare to step into a space in which I exist with textured hair is impressive, even by my standards.

I am consistently mocked by friends on weekend nights when I say, "Oh my gosh, her hair is amazing! Be right back!" Upon returning, without them having to ever look in my direction, they respond often in a monotone cacophony, "Was her hair curly? Did she let you touch it? Was it natural? What type was she?"

Most of my friends don't even have textured hair, but they would be able to tell you that their hair is a type 1 and be able to give detailed instructions on how to use a curling iron combined with a heat protectant to get waves for a night out.

This is my life. That, and trying to convince men with curly hair to get a curly cut and let me document it for the community — you know who you are!

Anyway, yesterday when I left the office to meet up with the Huetiful team, I was expecting to come back with a flurry of stories about how to straighten your hair without chemicals, how their products are sulfate and paraben-free and how their steamer seriously, SERIOUSLY, rocks! Of course, if you pay any attention to's Facebook page, you know that instead, I got myself a wavy hair lesson from a natural hair model.

Tracey Wallace's two-strand twist
An "under, not over" twist that stretches curls.

Here is an outtake of the conversation that has, only a day later, changed my wavy hair life:

"I WISH I had hair like yours!"

"Are you kidding? Those loose waves are in right now. Everyone wants that!"

"Well, I want more curl. I have the waves, I want a different look. More like yours."

"Okay, then just two-strand twist," Pash said, so non-chalantaly, as if this piece of information should have been something I was born knowing.

"What? That's for stretching your curls out. That wouldn't work on my hair."

"You don't know how to use them to get more curl? Seriously? Sit down. Let me show you."

And so the schooling began. First, she did an "over, not under" two-strand twist. That's the photo you see above. Then, to prove to me that I was wrong about two-strand twisting, she did an "under, not over" two-strand twist. This slight differentiation in hand movement is apparently what changes a two-strand twist from a hairstyle that stretches your curl to a hairstyle that increases it. Who knew?

So today, follow me on my "I don't have Pash here to help me do this two-strand twist TIGHTER" journey. Even without her expertise, I managed a two-strand twist on my second-day hair and it was easy! Coming from a girl who can't braid, that's saying a lot!

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Tracey Wallace

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I tried this on wet hair (four sections) and I'm not sure if if really gave me any more volume or curl but it did give me root curl which I never have! I was so excited. My boyfriend even commented that he liked how my hair looked and asked what I did different. Also this is helping me to learn how to French braid lol. I always was terrible when I tried but each time I do this my twist is looking better and better.

@wavywendalin If I am just using it as a style on dry hair, I just do one side. The second twist in the photo is to show you the difference between an over-not-under twist and an under-not-over twist. One increases curl and volume, the other stretches curl. Type 2s generally want the first, type 4s the second. On wet hair, I do about four sections of the over-not-under twist and leave it until dry. Though, I do recommend using a light hold product (like deva anGEL) and not using too much of it. I tried it out with Moroccan oil mousse, and it was toooooo much and left my hair super greasy, with hardly any curl. =\

So do you do this on both sides? Just two twists?