(Last Updated On: March 16, 2021)

My second favorite hairstyle by all means is flat twists. They are easy to put in and take out. They also keep my hair stretched, moisturized, and tangle-free. I’ve even done demos in the past where I showed the ladies who came out to my natural hair workshops how to do flat twists. It became known to me that a lot of hairstylists and naturalistas are confused by this particular hairstyle that only requires wrapping two strands of hair over one another.  

There are many YouTube videos you can watch that demonstrate how to do flat twists. You will need to practice a few times to get this hairstyle right. It also helps to have pre-stretched and fully detangled hair, otherwise, your flat twists won’t turn out as clean as you’d like it to look.

As mentioned in another blog post about two-strand twists hairstyles, the way your flat twists will turn out will depend on a variety of factors such as the length of your hair, hair texture, and whether you twist on wet or dry hair. 

To get a smooth look like the ones from Esther of Game of Fros, it’s best to work with dry stretched hair. Twisting your hair with creams or gel causes shrinkage, which could then result in frizzy flat twists that can look old.

What is a flat twist hairstyle?

Flat twist is a combination of two-strand twists and cornrows in one hairstyle. It involves intertwining two strands of hair on top of each other to form a rope-like braid. Depending on your braiding technique, flat twists can be easier and faster to install than traditional cornrows.

One shocking revelation is that a lot of hairstylists struggle to do this easy hairstyle because they’ve become accustomed to traditional cornrows, that it has now become difficult to switch to flat twisting all of a sudden. I’ve also had some of my readers admit that they struggle to do flat twists. They tell me that they have gotten so used to cornrows that they often find themselves starting out twisting their hair and somehow find themselves split their hair into three strands and finish off with cornrows. 

I guess old habits die hard!

And here I am struggling to do cornrows because flat twists are much easier for me to do than cornrows. In fact, I get a lot of compliments every time I wear flat twists, and sometimes I will do a quick tutorial to show how I flat twisted my hair within minutes.

Apparently, a lot of women that I meet are on the struggle bus when it comes to flat twists. 

How do you flat twist 4c natural hair?

You can flat twist both long and short hair of all textures. But I find that 4c hair tends to last longer in flat twists than other hair textures. To get a smooth look, you will need to fully detangle your hair and moisturize it before twisting so that you can easily twist your hair without running through knots and tangles.

It’s also best to work with stretched hair so that you can get a smooth look. You don’t have to do a blowout or use heat at all. You can just comb your hair out or work on hair that has been stretched out with other hairstyles such as a twist out, braid out, or even a bun, 

To learn how to flat twists your hair, short or long, please watch this hair tutorial by Fantastic Favour. 

How do you keep your flat twists tight?

To keep your flat twists tight, you will need to braid more securely, but not too tight, so that you don’t pull on, or put too much tension on your scalp. Remember that healthy hair should always be a priority over a cute-looking hairstyle that can end up causing damage.

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Are flat twists good for natural hair?

Yes, flat twists are good for natural hair. In fact, you can find me in flat twists about 20% of the time. This is my favorite way to stretch out my hair and keep my two-strand twists stretched at night. 

Are flat twists a protective hairstyle?

Yes, Yes, Yes! Flat twist is a protective hairstyle. Since protective hairstyles are any hairstyles that protect your hair and the ends of your hair from damage and breakage, it’s a no-brainer that flat twist is the perfect protective hairstyle.

Can flat twists grow my 4c natural hair?

Yes, flat twists can grow your hair if you do it correctly by not pulling too tightly on your scalp when twisting. To ensure that your hair grows healthy and long, you should remember to moisturize your hair with a good leave-in conditioner or curl refreshing spray. 

How long do flat twists last on 4c hair?

Depending on the hairstyle you get done, how your hair was twisted, and how you maintain your hair during the day and at night, you can expect your flat twists to last anywhere from three days to three weeks.

Is it better to flat twist on wet or dry hair?

If you want a silky smooth hairstyle, it’s best to twist on dry hair. you don’t want to twist on wet hair because your flat twist will not have the polished look you see on some women. It can even look frizzy and shrunken. You can however twist on damp hair that was freshly washed and moisturized, but not hair that is dripping wet.

How do you maintain your flat twist hairstyle at night?

To keep your curls together at night, be sure to use a satin bonnet, and double up that protection by sleeping on a satin pillowcase in case your bonnet slips out at night. When you wake up the following morning, all you need to do is to take out the bonnet and spray your hair with a curl refreshing spray such as the ones mentioned in this article. 

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40 Beautiful Flat Twists Hairstyles on 4c and other Natural Hair Types

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1. Halo Flat Twists on Blow Dried Long 4c Hair

These halo twists were twisted on blown-out hair, which is the reason why it looks smooth and polished. Amma mama also loosely twisted her hair, so that she will get this “full look”. 

IG: @_ammamama_

What you’ll need: A blow dryer to do the blowout, a hair oil or shea butter for shine, and maybe an edge control gel if you’re into laid edges. 

How long it can last for: one week.

halo flat twists on blow dried hair

 

2. Flat Twists with an Updo Bangs

If you’d like to play around with your hair, you can leave some of your hair loose, so that you can change up your hairstyle every few days. The loose part can be twisted into two-strand twists like some of the hairstyles below, or you can curl it using perm rods such as these gorgeous perm rod hairstyles.

What you’ll need: A blow dryer to do a blowout so that you can get a fluffy updo up at the top. 

How long it can last for: about one week.

IG: @tasalahq

flat twists tasalahq

 

3. Flat Twist Updo For Weddings 

You will need to have long hair, to be able to pull off this hairstyle. The simplicity of this hairstyle makes it a quick hairstyle for special events such as weddings and other special occasions. If you’re a bride, you can clip your veil at the back of this hairstyle or attach a tiara at the front. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

flat twists hairstyle for weddings

4. Mohawk Flat Twists

Although you can get this hairstyle done yourself, you might need the help of a hairstylist, so that you can get a neater look, especially if you want the partings to be perfect!

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: up to two weeks.

flat twists on 4c hair

 

5. Flat Twists with Two Strand Twists Bangs 

This is another hairstyle that you will need a hairstylist for. To get this shiny look, a curl-defining cream was used and each flat twist was probably sealed with a light oil like olive oil.

How long it can last for: up to two weeks.

flat twists on short 4c hair

 

6. Flat Twist Updo Hairstyles with Twist Out Bangs

When you have healthy hair that you worked so hard to maintain, you really don’t need to hide it under hair extensions. This is why I love flat twists because it effortlessly shows off the thickness and health of your hair. You will need to twist with a curl-defining cream such as these ones in order to get this juicy look.

How long it can last for: up to two weeks.

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7. Flat Twist Mohawk With Two Strand Twists Bangs on Short Hair

I believe in enjoying your natural hair while it’s short because once your hair grows longer, you will miss your short hair that was much easier to style and maintain. A hairstyle that I loved to do while my hair was short was flat twists. A talented hairstylist like Esther of Game of Fros will be able to bring out the beauty of your hair, regardless of its length.

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: up to two weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twists on short natural hair

 

8. All Back Flat Twist Updo Hairstyles

If you have long thick hair, you can achieve this easy hairstyle. To keep it moisturized, just spray it a few times a week with a curl refreshing spray.

How long it can last for: up to 1.5 weeks.

flat twists with extensions

 

9. Accessorized Flat Twist Mohawk

This is one of my favorite hairstyles to do when I want to take a break from hair extensions. A twisting cream will be needed to get this supple and shiny look.

How long it can last for: About ten days.flat twists on long natural hair

flat twists on long natural hair

 

10. Pin Wheel Flat Twists With Blonde Highlights 

If you have long hair and are wondering what to do with the ends of your hair, you can easily fold your hair into a pinwheel or another creative look of your choice.

What you’ll need: A soft hair gel such as eco styler gel.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

flat twists on long natural hair

flat twists on long natural hair

 

11. Flat Twist Hairstyles For Women 40+

Whatever age you’re at in life, you can look good in any hairstyle of your choice, as long as your hairstylist is talented and knows how to work with clients of all ages. If you’re looking for a hairstyle that will last a few weeks due to your busy schedule, I suggest trying this hairstyle.

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: about three weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

game of fros flat twists hairstyle

game of fros flat twists hairstyle

12. Banana Shaped All-Back Flat Twists on 4c Hair

If you have medium-length 4c hair, you can totally pull this hairstyle off and look beautiful! You can work with shrunken hair that has been fully detangled, all you need is a soft hair gel or a curling custard

How long it can last for:  about ten days.

flat twist styles for 4c hair

 

13. Flat Twists on 4a Hair  

Regardless of where you fall on the hair chart, you can be rest assured knowing that flat twists will look stunning on you, as long as you have curly hair. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

flat twist on short hair

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14. Flat Twists on Transitioning Hair

If you’re transitioning from hair color, relaxer, or chemically altered hair, you can keep your hair protected in a hairstyle such as flat twists. It will keep your hair stretched, ends protected and hair moisturized so that your new hair growth stays healthy and growing. 

How long it can last for: up to two weeks.

IG: @kinkycurlybeauty

flat twists on colored natural hair

 

15. Waterfall Flat Twists on 4c Hair

This is a flat twist hairstyle that can last up to a month if taken care of properly. The twisted bangs also add more volume and character to this already beautiful hairstyle. 

What you’ll need: An oil-based twisting cream like Oyin handmade burnt sugar pomade can be used. 

How long it can last for: about one month.

IG: @Game_of_fros

16. Chunky Flat Twist Updo Hairstyles

If you prefer to do your own hair yourself and don’t care much about how straight the partings look, then you can do this easy hairstyle by yourself. To change up your hairstyle mid-week, you can twist the up-do area for a new look.

What you’ll need: Leave-in conditioner can be applied prior to styling. 

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

IG: @4adaniels

flat twist hairstyles on 4c hair

 

17. DIY Flat Twists With Some Cornrows 

If you’re the type that gets confused while flat twisting, you can do this easy hairstyle. Simply cornrow the front section of your hair and flat twist the rest, just like you see here. 

What you’ll need: Apply a leave-in conditioner before twisting.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

flat twists hairstyles on 4c hair

18. Elegant Flat Twist Updo Style

This is an advanced flat twist that I have to admit I cannot do by myself because only a skilled hairstylist will be able to pull off this elegant hairstyle. This is a hairstyle that will make you stand out at large events and also gain you lots of compliments. 

What you’ll need: A blow dryer to do a blowout, a hair oil or shea butter for shine.

How long it can last for: about one week.

elegant flat twists on 4b hair

19.  Flat Twist Hairstyle for Professional Women 

If you’ve ever had to ask yourself if natural hair is professional, it means you haven’t discovered the right hairstyle yet. This hairstyle is ideal for the office or any professional environment. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: about two to three weeks.

flat twist styles for thick hair

20. Cascading Flat Twists for College Students

If you’re a busy college student who has to juggle academics, part-time jobs, social life, and family, you will be able to reduce your workload by getting these easy flat twists done. A skilled hairstylist can get this hairstyle done within an hour, freeing you time to enjoy the rest of your day.

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: About two weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twist natural hairstyle

 

21. Side Sweep Flat Twist with Two Strand Twists 

All you need for this hairstyle is moisturized and fully detangled hair. Then proceed to twisting with a twisting cream or shea butter.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

game of fros flat twists with two strand twists

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22.  Simple All-Back Flat Twist Hairstyle

This hairstyle is similar to the one above, except that it’s more chunky, which means that it’s faster to put in and take down.

How long it can last for:  about ten days.

flat twists on natural hair

23. Flat Twist Styles on Natural Hair

If you don’t want to twist your entire hair because you want to show off some of your hair length, you can just flat twist a small section and twist the rest of your hair. 

The shrinkage of this hairstyle shows that it was done on damp hair, which means that if you want more length, you should twist on dry hair. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

flat twist hairstyles on wet 4c hair

 

24. Flat Twist Hairstyle on Transitioning Hair

If you’re transitioning and not sure how to work with two contrasting hair textures, you will be content with a flat twist hairstyle such as this one. It is so elegant and can even be worn to professional events such as networking events. 

To prevent the hair from shrinking up while flat twisting, I recommend using an oil-based product like Melanin haircare twist elongating cream, instead of a water-based curling pudding. 

How long it can last for: about two weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twist on 4c natural hair

25. Confident 4c Flat Twists 

Whenever you start to feel insecure with your 4c hair, I encourage you to do this hairstyle. You will immediately fall in love with your hair and be inspired to keep going forward in your natural hair journey. 

What you’ll need: A leave-in conditioner to seal in moisture and curl defining cream for bounce. 

How long it can last for: two weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twist hairstyles on 4c hair

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Flat Twist Hairstyles With Added Hair

The next few hairstyles I will be recommending include flat twist hairstyles with hair extensions. These hairstyles are ideal for women with thin, fine, or short hair.

26.  Flat Twist Styles for Thin Hair

If you recently started your natural hair journey or enjoy keeping short hair, you can occasionally wear your hair long by adding some hair extensions to it. This simple hairstyle incorporated some Marley hair extensions.

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream for hold. 

How long it can last for: about two weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twists protective hairstyles game of fros

27. Flat Twist Hairstyles on Short 4c Hair with Marley Hair 

If you want a fuller bun when you put your hair up, you can add some loose Marley hair at the ends of your hair. 

How long it can last for: about two weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twist hairstyles on short 4c hair

28. Flat twists on Fine Hair in a Marley Bun 

You can tell that this client has fine hair, by the spacing on her scalp. So for volume, she added some Marley hair to the ends of her hair, though it looks like her flat twists also had some hair extensions in it. 

If you want a thicker look through out, you can add some Marley hair to the flat twists so that your hairstyle will come out looking thicker.

How long it can last for: about two weeks.

flat twists updo with marley hair

29. Flat Twist with Feed-In Marley Hair Extensions

If you want a hairstyle that will last at least two weeks, I recommend adding hair extensions to your hair. Not only will you get a fuller look, you will also be able to wear your hairstyle much longer. 

What you’ll need: Edge control gel for your edges and a soft gel to blend your hair with the hair extensions while twisting. 

How long it can last for:  about two to three weeks.

IG: @braidsforyoubyme 

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30. Feed-in Flat Twists on Nigerian Hair

If you believe your hair is too “strong” because you’re from a particular African country, you will need to seek out a 4c natural hairstylist like Esther, who is based in Lagos, Nigeria. A 4c natural hairstylist will be able to transform any 4c hair into a beautiful hairstyle that will make you proud to be a part of this exclusive hair group. 

What you’ll need: Marley hair extensions.

How long it can last for: up to one month. 

IG: @Game_of_fros

game of fros flat twists hairstyles with extensions

31. Realistic Looking Feed-in Flat Twist Ponytail on 4c Hair

Feed-in flat twists work in a similar way as feed-in cornrows, except for the fact that you are only working with two strands of hair at a time. 

What you’ll need: Marley hair extensions and a soft gel to blend your hair with the hair extensions while twisting. 

How long it can last for: about two to three weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

feed-in flat twists ponytail

32. Feed-In Two-Strand Flat Twists 

To add more excitement to your hairstyle, you can use colorful hair extensions like these burgundy Marley hair extensions

How long it can last for: up to one month.

IG: @Game_of_fros

game of fros feed in flat twist styles with marley hair

33. Flat Twist Ponytail with Marley Hair 

If you want to have a realistic-looking hairstyle that perfectly blends in with your hair extensions, you will need to start with dry and stretched hair. Not doing so will produce frizzy hair that looks a few days old. 

How long it can last for: up to one month.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twists with marley hair extensions

34. All-Back Feed-In Flat Twists with Marley Hair Extensions 

If you’re the type that likes to have a lot of volume when you get your hair done, then you will need a few packs of hair for this hairstyle. 

What you’ll need: About 2-3 packs of Marley hair extensions and a soft gel to blend your hair with the hair extensions while twisting. 

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

flat twist styles with added hair

35. Smooth Feed-in Flat Twists With Marley Hair 

The hairstyle you are going for will determine how much hair to add. For this hairstyle, you will need to add large amounts of hair, so that you can achieve this jumbo hairstyle. 

What you’ll need: About 2 packs of Marley hair extensions and a soft gel to blend your hair with the hair extensions while twisting. 

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

IG: @Game_of_fros

simple flat twist hairstyles with Marley hair

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Flat Twists on Type 3a, 3b, and 3c Hair Textures

The last few hairstyles in this article feature type 3 hair. I decided to include other hair textures in this article just like I do with my other articles. The reason is that a lot of women with type 4 hair do not have a realistic expectation of what their hairstyle should look like when they get a particular hairstyle done. So in case you’d like to replicate one of these hairstyles, but you have a hair texture that’s similar to the ones above, please do not expect your hair to turn out looking like any of these hairstyles. 

36. Chunky Flat Twist Updo on 3c Hair

If you have thick 3c hair like Sasha, you can style your hair in a simple hairstyle like these flat twists. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: about one week.

 

flat twist hairstyles on 4a hair

37. Mini Flat Twists on 3b Hair

If you’re not good at flat twists but you still want to put some of your hair in flat twists, you can start practicing your flat twisting skills with a similar hairstyle. This way, you don’t have to worry about how your entire hair will look since only a small section of your hair is in flat twists. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

38. Chunky Flat Twists on 3b/c Natural Hair 

I like to include how a hairstyle will look like on different textures of natural hair and length. So that if you see a picture online and you decide to get a similar hairstyle, but you don’t have the same hair texture, you wouldn’t be disappointed if your hair doesn’t turn out looking just like the picture. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: one week.

chunky flat twists on long natural hair

39. Flat Twists on Voluminous 3c Hair 

This is a quick and easy hairstyle to do if you’re short on time and don’t know what hairstyle to wear after washing your hair. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: a few days. 

simple flat twist hairstyles on 3b hair

40. All Back Flat Twists with Two-Strand Twists Bangs 

As you can see, this hairstyle looks very different on looser curl hair types than they do on tighter curled hair types. 

What you’ll need: Curl-defining cream such as these ones.

How long it can last for: 1.5 weeks.

flat twist protective hairstyles on 3b hair

CONCLUSION

Flat twist hairstyles can be made to look beautiful on all-natural hair types and lengths. If you have a shorter hair length, you can add some hair extensions for fullness and added length. You can also style it anyway you wish, as long as your hairstylist is up for it.

Any other flat twist hairstyle tips I should know about? I’d love to hear about them on my Instagram page.

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