Two-strand twists are the easiest form of protective hairstyle you can do on your natural hair because they are easy to put in and takedown.
In fact, you can find me in two-strand twists about 90% of the time that my natural hair is out.
This is why I am excited to write this post about beautiful two-strand twist hairstyles you can style your natural hair in.
What are the benefits of two-strand twists that make them so popular?
Two-strand twists are popular in the natural hair community because they are easy to put in and take down.
All you need are two strands of your hair that you simply wrap around each other. These hairstyles are so easy that a child can do them.
Also, two-strand twists do not need added hair extensions, excess hair tools, or lots of products.
All you need are your fingers and a twisting cream if you choose to twist on wet hair.
They are also tension-free because you don’t need to pull on your scalp like other hairstyles such as cornrows.
These hairstyles also help promote growth, reduce breakage, prevent shrinkage, and retain moisture.
Two-strand twists are also perfect for any woman or child on-the-go because they can last for a week or a month.
Why do my two-strand twists look different from a tutorial I saw online?
The way your two-strand twists turn out depends on the texture of your hair, your hair length, the health of your hair, and whether you twist on dry or wet hair.
This is why in this post, I will be sharing 60 different two-strand twist hairstyles that show how versatile this hairstyle is on different hair lengths and textures.
So while this blog focuses on 4c hair, I have decided to also show how two-strand twists look on looser hair textures like type 3 hair.
This way, you can have a more realistic expectation of how your twists should turn out, the next time you twist your hair.
Are two-strand twists a protective hairstyle?
Yes, two-strand twists are a form of protective hairstyle, they are also known as a low manipulation hairstyle because you don’t need to do much with them, like twist-outs.
Any hairstyle that protects your hair from daily manipulation and protects your ends from rubbing against your clothes and shoulders is a protective style.
You don’t have to put your hair in hair extensions to protect your hair.
Can you wash your hair with two-strand twists?
Yes, you can wash your hair while it’s in two-strand twists.
The only thing is that your hair may frizz up, tangle, and start to turn into locs after you wash it.
So to reduce the frizz, some women may wear a stocking over their head and just massage the scalp gently so that they don’t disturb the twists.
How can I keep my two-strand twists from getting frizzy?
Depending on how you twist your hair, it can take up to a week before you start noticing some frizz.
I prefer to wear a scarf so that my hair stays in one place and won’t move around so much while I sleep.
To moisturize, use a water-based hair spray that doesn’t require rubbing the products on your hair as a cream-based moisturizer does.
You should also minimize how often you moisturize your hair, because water temporarily expands your hair and then shrinks it as water evaporates from your hair.
This expansion and shrinkage will eventually lead to frizz.
And lastly, try to reduce over-manipulation because it can lead to frizzy two-strand twists.
Is it better to do two-strand twist on wet or dry hair?
There isn’t a better way to twist your hair. I often twist my hair while wet because this is my go-to hairstyle after washing it.
So when it comes to whether or not you should twist on wet or dry hair, think about the look you’re going for.
When you twist on dry hair, you will get a more polished and stretched look, whereas, twisting on wet hair will look shrunken, just like what Esther of @gameoffros showed in this side-by-side image.
How do you keep two-strand twists moisturized?
Keeping two-strand twists moisturized is very easy, this is the reason why it’s my favorite hairstyle.
Unlike other protective hairstyles that require hair extensions, moisture actually stays longer in two-strand twists, which means that you can retain moisture much longer.
How do I maintain my hair while in two-strand twists?
To maintain your hair and make your hairstyle last long, you should always go to bed with a satin bonnet or a silk scarf. Keep your hair moisturized a few times a week and try not to rub your hair too much.
To switch up your look, you can get creative with your two-strand twists by putting your hair up into a bun, updo, flat-twists, or whatever style you fancy.
And when it’s time to take down the hairstyle, you can turn your two-strand twists into twist-outs for a few days.
You can even get creative with the twist-out for a few more days before washing your hair for the next hairstyle!
As you can see, two-strand twists are versatile and fun to wear, which is why it’s my go-to hairstyle.
What products can I use to twist my hair?
To twist your hair into two-strand twists, you can use one of these curl-defining creams recommended in this post.
If you’re on a protein-free hair regimen, you can try one of these protein-free curl defining creams. Also if you will be twisting your hair when it’s dry, then you can use shea butter to twist your hair.
What’s the difference between two-strand twists and flat twists?
Two-strand twists are almost like single braids or plaits, except you only wrap two strands of hair around each other.
Whereas, flat twists are like cornrows, except you twist two strands of hair over each other.
What’s cool is that you can style your hair both in two-strand twists and flat twists for a unique look, just like what Esther did in this image below.
How do I make my two-strand twists look fuller?
If you have fine hair or low-density hair, your twists can look flat and lifeless. To add some fullness and bounce to your hair, you can add some kinky hair extensions to your hair when twisting.
How do I keep my two-strand twists from unraveling?
Most kinky hair will not unravel when you twist your hair. But if you have a curly hair texture like 3a or 3b hair, then you can add some gel to the ends of your hair to hold your hair together.
You can also twist with a styling gel like Curlsmith Curl Defining Styling Souffle which is formulated for curly or wavy hair.
How do I prep my hair for the best two-strand twists?
To get your twists to look the way you envision, you will need to start with clean and detangled hair that has been moisturized.
Having moisturized hair will give your hair shine, and detangling your hair will give you smooth and polished twists.
If you want your two-strand twists to turn out looking juicy, you will need to twist on damp (not soaking wet) hair using a curl-defining cream such as the ones here.
What is the easiest way to do two-strand twists?
This tutorial by Gloria Ann is a classic two-strand twist tutorial that shows how to do this easy hairstyle on short hair.
From the tutorial, you will notice that she started with dry hair which she moisturized with Uncle Funky’s Daughter Extra Butter Cream and then twisted with Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic after detangling with a Denman brush.
Adding both products make the hair damp, but not too wet. Twisting wet hair will turn out looking frizzy and rough.
To keep her ends from unraveling, she twirled the ends of the twists so that they stay curly and smooth.
The end result of this tutorial is juicy two-strand twists that look healthy, moisturized, and beautiful! No matter the length of your hair.
60 Two Strand Twists Hairstyles on All Natural Hair Textures and Length
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1. Boxed Two-Strand Twist
This hairstyle was done on dry hair, which gives it a stretched look. For an extra stretch, you can start by braiding the bottom and then change to twisting your hair, so that your roots stay stretched.
For smoothness and to lock-in moisture, you can use thick butter like shea butter to twist your hair.
2a. Loose Two-Strand Twists
If you have medium-length or long hair, you can achieve these bob loose two-strand twists.
Esther’s hair was done on stretched 4c hair which was stretched out with African threading or banding.
2b. Loosely Twisted Two-Strand Twists
You can get this hairstyle done whether you have short hair or long hair. The only difference will be the length of the finished hairstyle.
3. Loosely Twisted Two-Strand Twists on Short Hair and Medium Length Hair
I love how Esther of @gameoffros took this side-by-side picture with her husband to show how your hairstyle will turn out if you have a shorter hair length.
This gives you a realistic expectation of what your two-strand twists will look like if you have a different hair length.
Be sure to moisturize your hair prior to styling with a leave-in conditioner such as TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer.
4. Two-Strand Twists on Dry Hair
These twists were done on dry hair that is free of any hair product. Esther might have added some shea butter when twisting to help lock moisture in.
She also twisted on partly stretched hair, which she combed out before twisting.
This hairstyle came out looking frizzy because the client’s hair wasn’t moisturized prior.
If you want a smoother look, it’s advised to moisturize your hair a few hours before, so that the product can absorb into your hair prior to styling.
5. Versatile Two-Strand Twist on 4b Natural Hair
Two-strand twists are so versatile. All you need is some creativity and you can wear a different hairstyle daily.
You will need at least medium-length hair, in order to be able to play around with your hair.
Recommended product to twist: Melanin Hair Care Twist Elongating Style Cream
6. Mini Two-Strand Twists With Flat Twists
If you want to wear your hairstyle for at least two weeks, you should consider twisting in smaller sections so that your hairstyle can last longer.
To speed things up a bit, you can wear some flat twists at the front of your hair.
To get this juicy look, you will twist on damp hair, using a thick twisting cream like Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter.
7. Rubber band Loose Two-Strand Twists on 4c Hair
This hairstyle was done on dry and stretched 4c hair. To get this fluffy look, you will loosely twist your hair, and only use an oil-based product like shea butter.
You want to minimize using water-based products on this hairstyle because it will shrink quickly. Also, this hairstyle may not last more than a week, as it will start to look frizzy after a few days.
So if you will be going for a similar hairstyle, you shouldn’t expect to wear it for more than a week.
8. Mini Two-Strand Twists on 4a Hair
These mini twists were done on long and dense hair to provide fullness and thickness.
They were also done on damp hair to create elasticity and bounce, which means that if you pull on one twist, the hair can stretch for three times the length.
The good thing about this hairstyle is that you can style it into different hairstyles.
You can also curl your hair using mini-perm rods or do Bantu knots to keep the roots stretched and ends curled.
9a. Accessorized Loose Two-Strand Twists
These loose twists by @westafricanbaby are so fluffy, full, and healthy.
To achieve this hairstyle, you will need dry and detangled hair that is ready to be twisted.
If you have shorter hair you can still replicate this hairstyle to get a similar look.
9b. Loose Two-Strand Twists for Young Adults
This hairstyle can be switched up to give you a different look during the time you have this hairstyle on.
10. Jumbo Loose Two-Strand Twists on Long 4c Hair
This is such a beautiful and effortless hairstyle. You can wear it all down, or put it up into stylish updos to get jaw-dropping hairstyles that will get a lot of compliments.
It looks like this hair was blown out with a blow dryer.
11. Chunky Box Rope Twists
These are classical two-strand twists that also look like ropes, which is the reason why two-strand twists are also known as rope twists.
You may need to practice a few times to get this polished look or go to a natural hair stylist to get this hairstyle. You can add some Marley hair to get this full look.
12. Side Sweep Flat Twists with Two-Strand Twist
This is another beautiful hairstyle by @gameoffros that was done on 4c hair that has been left to dry, while in a stretched state.
You can twist with a super thick or oil-based twisting cream like Oyin Handmade Pomade.
13. Two-Strand Twists with Flat Twists
If you have short hair or medium length hair, you can make your two-strand twists more elegant by adding flat twists or cornrows at the front.
This way, you can turn a casual hairstyle into a professional and elegant hairstyle that can be worn to the office or an event.
14. Kids Two-Strand Twists with Cornrows
If you’d rather not use hair extensions on your kids’ hair, you can do easy hairstyles like two-strand twists with some flat twists on the side.
I personally enjoy getting this type of hairstyle done, whenever I want a simple hairstyle, without the added weight and tension of hair extensions.
To get this fluffy look, you will twist on dry hair, using a thick twisting cream like Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter.
15. Micro Two-Strand Twists Style on Medium Length Hair
If you have a shorter hair length and you want to show off the volume of your hair, you can do mini twists.
I used to enjoy getting mini twists done when my hair was short because I could wear my natural hair as-is, without adding hair extensions.
For this style, you will need to twist on dry hair and prior to twisting, please be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner such as TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer.
16. Loose Two-Strand Twists on 4c Hair
Loose two-strand twists are beautiful and fluffy. They can last up to a week, depending on how you care for your hair at night.
To get this fluffy look, you will need to twist on dry hair that has been combed out, thus temporarily stretched.
17. Mini Two-Strand Twists in an Updo
One of the benefits of mini two-strand twists is that you can change up your hairstyle whenever you want.
Pull your hair up into a bun, an updo, or whatever way you want and you’re ready for the day!
To get this shiny look, twist on damp hair with a lightweight twisting cream such as the Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Twisting Soufflé.
18. Two-Strand Twists on Heat Stretched Hair
For a smoother look, you can stretch out your hair by doing a blowout before twisting.
This will give you a stretched look, and when you’re ready to take down your hair for a twist out, you will get a soft, fluffy, and fuller twist out.
19. Messy Two-Strand Twists on Thick 4c Natural Hair
If you plan to wear twist outs sometime during the week, or you are in-between hairstyles, you can keep your hair stretched and tangle-free by keeping it in two-strand twists, like what Pamela did here.
20. Two-Strand Twist Style on Medium Length Hair
If you have a busy schedule and can’t be bothered with changing up your hairstyle every day, two-strand twists will be your go-to hairstyle.
Simply twist your hair on the weekend when you wash your hair, and you’re set for the entire week. You can also wear your twists for two-weeks or more, depending on how you twist your hair.
21. Juicy Two-Strand Twists with Flat Twists
Who says two-strand twists can’t be worn in a sexy way?
22. Accessorized Two-Strand Twists on 4c Hair
This super juicy twist out was achieved on damp hair after it was moisturized with a leave-in conditioner like EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Natural Leave-In Conditioner and then twisted with a curl defining cream like CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist-N-Shout Cream.
23. Fluffy Medium-Sized Two-Strand Twists
Often times when I re-twist my hair after it has dried out, I have to admit that this is how my hair usually turns out. Soft, fluffy, and bouncy!
What I usually do is that I will twist my hair in chunks after washing and deep conditioning it.
24. Two-Strand Twists for Busy Moms
If you’re a mother with a busy schedule or with many heads of hair to style, two-strand twists are excellent styling options.
They are so easy to do and very quick to take down. They also help your hair to retain moisture so that it stays healthy and grows longer.
After applying a leave-in conditioner and sealing, proceed to style with a twisting cream like Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter.
25. Micro Two-Strand Twists on 4a Hair
If you have medium-length to long hair and are looking for a protective hairstyle that will last 4-8 weeks without using hair extensions, then I recommend getting mini twists.
Mini or micro twist looks are lightweight, tension-free, and elegant. They are perfect for someone who wants to take a break from kanekalon hair or for anyone who would like to grow out their edges.
26. Classic Two-Strand Twists
Take a break from hiding your hair in hair extensions and show off the health of your hair with these fluffy two-strand twists. They are appropriate for all ages and all occasions.
To get this fluffy hairstyle, you will need to loosely twist on damp hair that’s almost dry with a lightweight cream like the Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream.
27. Two-Strand Twists for Hair Growth
You don’t need to put your hair into hair extensions to fully protect your hair.
28. Two-Strand Twists for Black Women over 30
If you have short or fine hair, but you still want to have a full hairstyle, you can add some kinky hair extensions like these Marley hair extensions.
29. Micro Two-Strand Twists for Women over 40
As you can see, two-strand twists can be done on any hair length, hair texture, and at any age.
You can be in your 40s or 50s and still look beautiful in this hairstyle.
To get this look, you will need to comb out your hair after you’ve applied a leave-in conditioner, then proceed to twist.
29b. Micro Two-Strand Twists for Women over 50
This hairstyle can be switched up and accessorized to your liking.
30. Two-Strand Twists on Damp 4c Hair
If you struggle with shrinkage, two-strand twists are a great way to keep your hair stretched and tangle-free!
31. Two-Strand Twists on Medium Length 4c Hair
It’s important to enjoy your natural hair when it’s still short because the truth is that there are several hairstyles you won’t be able to achieve once your hair grows out.
Also, lots of naturals with long hair become lazy and sometimes too busy to deal with all of that hair on their head, so they put it in a bun most of the time.
32. Soft and Fluffy Two Strand Twists with Accessories
One of the benefits of wearing your natural hair out as much as possible is that it allows you to see the state of your hair and adjust your hair regimen when needed.
This is why two-strand twists are my go-to protective hairstyle. You can tell how healthy and soft this hair is, just by looking at the picture.
What this hair needs to maintain its health is moisture and more moisture!
33. Bouncy Two-Strand Twists on Colored 4c Hair
This is another loosely twisted two-strand twist that show how healthy the hair is, despite the fact that it’s been colored.
Just because you dye your hair doesn’t mean your hair will automatically become unhealthy and fall out. All you need to do is to maintain a healthy protein-moisture balance so that your hair stays healthy and growing.
34. Jumbo Two-Strand Twists on 4c Hair With Added Hair
If you want to wear natural-looking two-strand twists without wearing your hair out, or you want a hairstyle that will last a few weeks, you can add some kinky hair like Marley hair.
Then add some accessories like these wooden beads.
35. Moisturized Two-Strand Twists For Kids, Tweens, and Kids
This hairstyle is so quick and easy that it can be done on kids and teenagers alike.
If you’re not very good at cornrows or have too many heads of hair to do, then you can do this easy hairstyle on your kids.
36. Loose Mini Twists on 4a Hair
If you have lots of time on your hands, then you can do this hairstyle because it takes days to finish.
37a. Micro Twists on Long 4a Hair
Aside from her loose twists, Alicia James was also famous for her micro twists, which she did all by herself!
Due to the length of her hair, she was able to wear her twists for several weeks at a time, sometimes up to 12 weeks!
After your micro twists start to become frizzy due to new growth, you can change up the style by curling it with perm rods or braiding your twists in chunks for days at a time, so that you can get a wavy or curly look.
38. Mini Twists on High Density 4b Hair
If you have dense hair or a lot of hair on your head, your mini twists will look different from what you see online. In this case, Victoria from classycurlies were able to achieve a fuller mini twist look with her voluminous hair.
When you compare Victoria’s hair to Alicia’s hair, you can easily assume she has normal-sized twists, even though they are actually mini-twists.
This is why for this post, I decided to show sixty different two-strand twist hairstyles on both type 3 and type 4 hair with different hair lengths and hair densities.
This way, you can have a realistic expectation of how your hair should look like when it’s done.
39. Mini Twists on 4c Hair for Teenagers
This is another mini twist done on medium density 4c hair.
You can then proceed to twist after combing out your hair so that your two-strand twists will be stretched out like what you see here.
40. Beaded Two-Strand Twists with Braided Roots
When you have healthy hair, you can do almost any natural hairstyle and look beautiful in it.
This is a perfect example that shows that you don’t have to wear twist-outs to look beautiful.
Accessorized two-strand twists such as these ones can be worn on date nights, to the office, school, or church.
41. Beaded Two-Strand Twists with Braided Roots on 4b/c Hair
If you want your two-strand twists to last a bit longer, you should consider plaiting the roots, so your roots and hairstyle stay stretched.
This is a hairstyle you can do by yourself at home, or with the help of a hairstylist in your area. Simple add some wooden beads to elevate this hairstylist.
42. Fluffy Two-Strand Twists in Double Knots
If you have shorter hair length and want to look cute with your natural hair, then two-strand twists can be your go-to hairstyle.
To get this fluffy look, you will need to twist on damp hair using a twisting cream like TGIN Twist & Define Cream.
Two-Strand Twists on Type 3 Hair Types
43. Chunky Twists on 3b Hair
These juicy twist-outs were done on type 3 hair and twisted with a curling pudding or styling gel such as Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Styling Gel.
44. Flat Twists with Bouncy Two Strand Twists at the Back
This is another example of healthy color-treated natural hair.
To maintain your colored hair, it’s advised to refrain from hair extensions for a while so that you can take care of your naked hair on a regular basis.
Two-strand twists allow you to wear stylish hairstyles while still maintaining a healthy protein-moisture balance.
The flat twists at the front can be twisted with a soft gel such as Kinky Curly Curling Custard.
45. Romantic Two-Strand Twists
46. Two-Strand Twists on 3c Hair with Twirled Ends
To get this shiny look, you will need a curl-defining cream like Mizanni True Texture Curl Defining Cream to replicate it.
47. Chunky Two-Strand Twists on Stretched Hair
No matter your hair length or hair type, you can feel confident and beautiful in a simple hairstyle like these stretched two-strand twists.
You will need a curl-defining cream like Curlsmith Curl Defining Styling Souffle to replicate this hairstyle.
48. Juicy Two-Strand Twists on 3b/c Hair
If you have hair this long and are worried about your hair rubbing against your clothing, you can put your hair up into a bun or tuck it away into an updo of your choice.
You can also do a halo twist to keep your ends protected and twists stretched.
To achieve this juicy look, you will need to use a twisting cream such as the Camille Rose Twisting Butter.
49. Super Fluffy Two-Strand Twists on 3b Hair
These fluffy twists are best for keeping your hair stretched and tangle-free which means that two-strand twists are the ultimate protective hairstyle for all-natural hair types.
50. Silky Two-Strand Twists on Stretched 3a/b Hair
These two-strand twists were done on dry and combed out 3a/b hair.
When you compare this beauty to #18, you will see that both hairstyles look similar, except that this particular style was done on a looser hair texture.
51. Elegant Ombre Two-Strand Twists on 3b Hair
To get this soft look, you can use a curl-enhancing pudding such as Creme of Nature Argan Oil Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme and use perm rods to curl the ends.
52. Accessorized Soft Two-Strand Twists on 3b Hair
If you’re nursing your hair back to health, a two-strand twist is a good protective style that you can wear while you treat your hair.
The good thing is that twisting your hair allows you to run your hands through your hair to assess its health and the effectiveness of your hair regimen.
To replicate this hairstyle, you will need to twist on freshly washed, conditioned, and detangled hair. Then proceed to twist with a styling cream such as Uncle Funky’s Daughter Good Hair Conditioning Styling Creme.
53. Super Juicy Jumbo Two-Strand Twists on 3b/c Hair
To get this super juicy look, you can use a hair styling product like Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Defining Butter.
54. Incredibly Soft Two-Strand Twists on Voluminous 3b Hair
These super soft two-strand twists can be worn for any occasion.
To maintain the softness of this hairstyle during the week, simply spritz your hair with one of these curl refreshing sprays.
55. Cotton Soft Two-Strand Twists on Super Dense Type 3 Hair
This is another example that shows how your twists may turn out if you have lots of hair. For a soft hold, you can use a styling gel like the Mielle Organics Honey and Ginger Styling Gel.
56. Two-Strand Twists Protective Style on 3a Hair
This hair looks frizzy because it might have been done on wet hair and it probably wasn’t detangled properly prior to twisting.
To get a more defined look, you will need to twist on damp hair with a twisting cream like the Adwoa Beauty Boamint Moisturizing Curl Defining Cream.
Twisting on soaking wet hair causes the hair to expand excessively, which can make the finished hairstyle look frizzy and old.
57. Twisted Mega Bun
This hairstyle can only be achieved with long hair, which means that if you have short or medium-length hair, you will not be able to achieve this exact same hairstyle.
You can achieve a similar hairstyle with a kinky hair extension like Marley hair. You can also create a similar hairstyle with a shorter hair length, just know that your bun won’t look this big.
58. Jumbo Two-Strand Twists on 3b hair
If you have a different hair texture and length, you may not be able to get your hair to look exactly like this. So it’s important to have a realistic expectation when replicating a hairstyle you saw online.
To keep this hairstyle moisturized, it’s best to use a curl refreshing spray such as Alikay Naturals wake me up curl refreshing spray.
59. Curly Two Strand Twist Protective Style
The good thing with this hairstyle is that you can take it down after a few days and go from wearing two-strand twists to twist-outs.
To keep your roots stretched, you can wear Bantu knots overnight and then take down the knots in the morning.
Any twisting cream such as the ones mentioned in this post can be used to twist your hair, so they look soft and fluffy like these twists.
60. Ombre Purple and Pink Jumbo Two-Strand Twists
What better way to show off your color treated hair than with two-strand twists?
To maintain your hair color and hair health, be sure to keep a protein-moisture balance so that your hair stays soft. You will also be able to minimize dry hair and breakage if you keep your hair moisturized.
Which one of these hairstyles is your favorite? Which one(s) will you be trying next? Please let me know on the Instagram page.