The word "Malliá" means "hair" in Greek.
The word "Malliá" means "hair" in Greek.

Two Strand Twists

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Twisting with a single strand is cool, but have you tried giving that single strand a friend?

Adding another twisted strand can change the entire game. Not only is it stylish, but it’s a protective styling that opens the door for many varieties of styling.

Black woman with great facial features and a black dress with dark black havanna twist that are past shoulder length.

WHAT ARE TWO STRAND TWISTS?

The game is in the name. Two strand twists consist of combining pre-twisted and pre-sectioned groupings of hair and twisting them together to create an even larger twist with very intricate designed and very protective characteristics.

WHY ARE TWO STRANDS SO GREAT AND BENEFICIAL?

If you have ever tried to twirl your hair or spin it around your hair, you will notice the hair does this, but very loose and uneven. The strands also don’t hold their shape and unravel quickly. 

African woman with black and red havanna twist hairstyle trending 2021 amazon

Now, if you take that single twist and intertwist it with another twist, it becomes rigid and more structural support. You will also notice it doesn’t unravel as quickly and looks more unified. Not only does this look better, but it also works better at locking in moisture and protecting the single strands from the outside element.

WHY ARE TWO STRAND TWIST CONSIDERED A GREAT PROTECTIVE STYLE?

Twisted hair is excellent at keeping hair damp and protecting the strands from the elements while allowing for average hair growth. Twist styles don’t prevent hair from doing its usual thing, which means it allows for the regular and average transfer of nourishment and moisture. This means less conditioner and less breakage. Twist styles never have to be detangled when removed as the hair is always kept swept into nicely rolled twists that will never tangle up. 

WHAT TWISTED HAIRSTYLES REQUIRE A TWO STRAND TWIST?

Many faux locs and twist-out hairstyles use a two-strand twist on your natural hair or with a faux crochet loc. Here a list of the most common hairstyles that can use a two-strand twist pattern:

  • SENEGALESE TWIST
  • MARLEY TWIST
  • PASSION TWIST
  • HAVANA TWIST
  • KINKY TWIST
Black model with pajamas on wearing long black medium width havanna twist in black crochet hair extensions amazon.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TWIST A TWO STRAND TWIST

A simple two-strand twist has to be one of the easiest hairstyles or braids to complete. You section the first grouping of strands and twist them to the tip. You do the same to the second grouping of hair strands, and when complete, you turn the two groups together and seal the end. 

THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO INSTALLING CROCHET TWO STRAND TWIST HAIRSTYLES

All crochet hair extensions are attached the same way with minor variations for styling purposes and personal preferences. Always start with a clean head of hair and scalp and follow our instructions for a better result:

  1. Begin the styling with a full head of cornrows or box braids depending on your hair length and versatility. 
  1. Once the base is complete, grab your crochet needle or latch hook tool. To attach the twists, stick the device of choice through the base and secure the hair over the tool’s hook. Once the hair is complete in the clip, pull it through the entry pint.
  2. Fold the hair over and tie a double knot to hold and attach the twist plaits properly. Repeat this process thoroughly over the entire head and base.
Smiling black model with trendy black havanna twist at a shoulder length or bob length cut.

For more help, check out these easy-to-follow DIY twist tutorial videos:

MAINTAINING ALL THOSE TWO STRAND TWIST DESIGNS

Two strand twists are about to become your best friend as they don’t require as much treatment or hair care as other styles. It doesn’t matter if they are natural twists or hair extensions. They don’t need much attention as long as you follow some of our simple and easy tips and tricks for low maintenance:

  • Always always always wrap those twists up before bed in a satin bonnet or at least swap the sandpaper pillowcase for some silk. Friction is not your friend no matter what hair type; watch out for abrasions. 
  • You don’t need to clean your hair every wash day. When you shower, put that hair into a bun and cover it with a shower cap. This will save you a lot of dry time as twisted locs trap moisture and keep damp hair. 
  • Catch unraveling twists early and lock them back in with a simple dab of hair glue( no gorilla glue, please)
  • On an extra windy day or during a storm, we recommend grabbing a stylish scarf or bandana and protecting those twists from the elements. Every bit helps when you try and extend those styles out as long as possible. 

REMOVING TWO STRAND TWIST FOR EASY DETANGLING

If you thought installing this hairstyle was easy, wait till you get to take them down. This twisted updo is one of the most satisfying to take out, as your hair always seems healthier after a twisted hairstyle. 

Unlike braiding styles, twists don’t fold or crease your strands and helps you get curly hair. Unlike flat twists that will leave you with dry hair, a twist leaves you with healthy hair. 

Light skin model with purple havanna twist crochet faux locs hair installed in her head

Undo the seal and unravel those lovely locs. If you used the crochet method, untie those tresses from the base and detangle those cornrows. 

TWO STRAND TWIST VS FLAT TWIST

Two strand twists are done loosely with the simple motion of twirling and coiling the hair. Flat twists are a design more closely resembling braids that use a technique of folding the hair over each other. Instead of wrapping the hair, the hairs are alternated and folded back and forth, creating a long intertwined rope that lays wide and flat. 

FAQ

HOW TO STOP FRIZZ ON A TWO STRAND TWIST?

Twisted styles should be dry or frizzy, but if you start to notice any patchy areas, go ahead and grab your favorite leave-in hair products for moisturizing and spritz a little in. 

DOES THE TECHNIQUE FOR TWO STRAND TWISTING DREADLOCKS DIFFER FROM NATURAL HAIR?

Usually, you don’t pre-twist the single dreadlocks before wrapping two of them together. That is the only difference since the dreadlocks are already divided into even sections of hair. To help the dreadlocks hold together, it is more common to use a rubber band rather than heat or hair glue. 

HOW DO I MAKE A JUMBO TWO STRAND TWIST?

To create a more oversized twist style like the popular Havana twist hairstyle, begin with a larger grouping of hair in each of your sections. This will help increase the diameter substantially. 

HOW MUCH SHRINKAGE WILL OCCUR WHEN I RETWIST?

If you take out your hairstyle entirely and use a tooth comb to brush out all the strands for a fresh new start, you shouldn’t notice any loss of size or length. Two strand twist styles can be made repeatedly as long as too much tension is not created by the hairstylist. 

CONCLUSION

Two-strand twists are among the most common styles and forms of twists used in the black hair community. If you know any other maintenance tips or tricks, make sure to leave them below in the comments, and as always, please drop your email below so you never miss out on any of our fantastic faux loc news and education. 

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