Once again I’m having a blast with my locs, so I decided to try the locs twist-out with plaits. If you have locs and you’re running out of ideas how to style your hair, you can try this style. It’s easy, safe for your dreads, and classy. Here’s how I did mine.
Trying New Hairstyles for Locs
Okay, so this is my first time experimenting with the locs twist out. I guess I was so eager to see the results, I pulled it out the plaits quicker than I should, but nonetheless, I still rocked that hairstyle. I wanted something fresh and different for my locs to wear on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so the day before, I decided to try the plait twist-out.
Preparing for the Twist-out Style
My locs was due for a wash, so perfect timing. I hot-oil treated my hair, then I washed it and made sure it was properly dried. I then applied my leave-in conditioner, retwisted, then I proceeded to section my locs into sections that I wanted to plait. For a longer hold, you can use a natural mousse hairstyle foam.
I sectioned off three strand of locs for each plait. Depending on how many locs you have, you may find that the last ones may end up being just two strands, but that’s okay. You can still do a two-strand twist and still get a nice result.
As you continue to plait your hair, add more leave-in conditioner or hair mousse to moisten it, but make sure that you massage it thoroughly into your hair.
After you finish plaiting your locs, you will need to put small rubber bands on the ends to keep your twist or plaits in place. This is how my locs looked (on the left) after I finished plaiting them. Keep in mind that I have medium thick strands. If yours are smaller, such as sister locks, they will look more fabulous.
After I plaited my dreads, I use a blowdryer or you can use a more convenient option, a bonnet hairdryer. You don’t have to dry it completely, since this might take up your time. You can just partially dry it, and then let it air dry the rest of the way.
You can keep the plaits in for a few days if you want to get the best results. Some people even wear them like that (plaited) for a few days, and then do the twist-out. If your dreads are smaller, you may feel more comfortable wearing them that way.
Maintaining Your Locs Twist-out
To keep your twist out looking sleek and neat, spritz your hair lightly and tie it with a satin or silk scarf, or a satin bonnet at night to prevent the crimped/wavy look from wearing out. If you put the right products and cover your hair at night, this hairstyle can last for about a week. This also depends on your hair type.