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Two Strand Twists Styles on Black Men – with FAQ Answered

(Last Updated On: August 2, 2022)

Two strand twists is a traditional natural hairstyle that can be worn by men and women alike. The same way women can wear two strand twists in versatile ways, men can also feel confident wearing their natural hair in two strand twists.

As a man, you can even take it up a notch by adding some cornrows, fade, creative haircuts or dyed hair to your twisted hairstyle.

How do men twist their hair?

Men twist their hair ideally just the same way everyone else does. After washing, conditioning, and letting your hair dry for a few minutes, you can section your hair into quarters to make it easier to handle.

Then, part a small section of your hair depending on how big or small you want your twists to be.

Apply a small amount of twisting cream or twisting gel, split the section into two, then rope-twist the sections by moving one over the other as you stretch and pull the hair downwards.

The stretching and pulling helps the hair not to shrink. Twist to the very end so that they don’t unravel. Repeat for all quarters, then finish off with a shine spray or setting mousse.

For a visual demonstration, please take a look at this video by QTheBraider

What products do you need to twist a guy’s hair?

To twist your hair as a man, or twist your male client’s hair, you will need the same products and tools like any other hair type. To be specific, all you need will be a fishtail comb for sectioning, a detangling comb to comb through the tangles, a leave-in conditioner, a twisting gel or curling cream for definition.

What products do men use for two-strand twists?

You only need a twisting cream or gel and, of course, your fingers. That is the best thing about two-strand twists. You don’t need a lot of products, tools, or even extensions unless you choose to.

Can guys wash their hair while in twists?

If you’ve had your hair in twists for a while and are not ready to take them down, you can still wash your hair while it’s twisted up. You will need to be gentle when washing so that you don’t unravel your twists or end up with frizzy hair.

For an effective cleanse, you will need a shampoo conditioner and a residue-free for a basic wash and just a conditioner for co-washing.

When washing, focus on cleansing the scalp and not the hair. Gently scrub your scalp so that you don’t unravel the twists. Braiding your twists in flat braids or braiding them up in bundles of four, six, or even eight helps keep your twists intact. 

How long do male twists last?

Male twists can last anywhere between 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how well they are maintained. Also, the size determines how long they will last. The smaller the twists, the longer they will last, and similarly, the bigger the twists, the shorter they will last.

How do men keep twists fresh?

Two strand twists are fairly easy to maintain and keep fresh for longer. With regular moisturizing and a proper nighttime routine, your twists should look as fresh as possible for longer. The ends of the twists are the most fragile, so focus more attention on the ends when moisturizing. A good leave-in conditioner and a carrier oil like coconut oil should be top of your grooming shopping list.

How can men stop their twists from shrinking?

Washing and daily moisturizing may cause your twists to shrink. To avoid the shrinkage, or at the very least, minimize it, you can try stretching your twists by braiding them at night.

How do you keep two strands from unraveling?

Two strand twists unravel because of so many reasons. Could be because of a poor twisting technique or poor twisting products, or even twisting hair that is severely heat-damaged, particularly towards the end.

The solution is to use a good quality twisting gel or butter to hold the twists in place, using the rope twisting method and ensuring that you twist tightly. Also securing the ends of the twists after twisting until the twist is completely dry helps a great deal as well as making sure that your hair is twisted to the very end. Here’s an excellent rope twisting tutorial.

Do twists damage men’s hair?

When done correctly and maintained as they should, twists do not damage your hair. A few things to avoid that could damage your hair include not pulling hair too tightly when twisting, pulling on the edges, and not properly washing or moisturizing your twists.

How do men maintain their twists?

To maintain your twists, so they look healthy and last longer, you must keep them moisturized and clean. Ideally, you want to shampoo them at least once a week. You can use a wet shampoo or a dry shampoo if you are worried about frizzy hair. 

For wet shampooing, clarifying shampoos are the best. Simply wet your hair, apply some shampoo to your hair, massage it to your scalp, and then rinse it. Repeat the same steps with a conditioner.

Before going to bed, moisturize your twists with a leave-in and seal in the moisture with hair oil or butter. Sleep on a silk pillowcase or cover your hair with a durag.

Are twists dreads? Will twists turn into dreadlocks?

Twists are not the same as dreads. These two are entirely two different hairstyles. However, your dread journey can start out with a twist. I get the confusion, though. Most men start out their dreadlocks with two-strand twists.

And yes, twists can lock and become dreadlocks if left undone for a significantly long time. The twists eventually loosen up and start locking.

How long do men hair have to be before they can twist them?

Ideally, 2 inches and above of hair to achieve short twists. 

Can men’s hair grow with twists?

You will definitely achieve some significant length with two-strand twists because there is very little hair manipulation. You will, however, need to put in the effort of caring for your twists. That includes a proper nighttime routine.  

Is it better for men to twist on dry or wet hair?

Neither is a perfect way. It all depends on what works well with your hair. While some men prefer twisting their hair when wet, others prefer dry hair. The only difference is that twisting wet hair is much easier, lasts longer, has less breakage, and when twisted out, they come out with a better definition. However, the end look is not as polished as dry-twisted hair, and there is some shrinkage.

I’d say it depends on the look you want- polished vs. rugged, long soft, and slender twists vs. shrunk fuller twists.

Are two-strand twists a professional hairstyle for men?

While two-strand twists have come a long way, they are still not at that spot where they can be considered a professional hairstyle. Turning up for an interview in your twists will certainly get you unqualified in some professions.

That said, some careers don’t mind what hairstyle one wears as long as they look neat and presentable.

Do women find men in twists attractive?

You will look hot in two-strand twists and turn heads, that is for sure. However, not all women will find you attractive. Nothing about you, just that sex appeal is a matter of preference.

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Twists can be a great way to bring a new dimension to your lifestyle and social life. And why not? They are exceptionally versatile, easy to maintain, can last for quite some time with proper care, and they take such a short time to install. Two-strand twists are also a great protective style and help to tame those unruly kinks.

And the best part? You don’t have to bother about styling them. You just let your twists free-fall or hold them in a loose pony, and you are good to go.

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