You can achieve 2 strand twist hairstyles in two ways– using your natural kinky hair or the strands of your dreadlocks. Two-strand twists are protective and easy hairstyles you can do yourself or for someone else. This hairstyle helps your hair maintain moisture and be healthy.
For 2 strand twist on your natural hair, you won’t need rubber bands to hold the ends. However, when styling your dreadlocks in a two-strand twist, you’ll have to lock the ends either with a knot or runner bands to secure them from unplaiting.
Below, I’ll take you through a step-by-step process on how to do 2 strand twists.
How to do 2 Strand Twist on Natural Hair
You’ll have to prep your hair for the two-strand twist if you’re using your natural hair. The same goes for dreadlocks. Wash your hair with sulphate-free shampoo and use a conditioner for natural hair. Washing your hair gives you a clean scalp that prevents irritation.
It’s best to use your finger to detangle or use a toothcomb after washing off the conditioner. To make things manageable, divide and detangle your hair into sections from the roots to the ends.
You may want to oil the scalp to lock in moisture before twisting. Remember, this hairstyle is unisex.
To get ready for your 2 strand twist, you’ll need;
- Small comb
- Edge control gel
- Spray bottle with water
- Rubber band ( for dreadlocks)
- A wide-tooth comb (for natural hair)
- After washing and detangling the hair, take a small section depending on what size you desire. Rub edge control gel on the sides of the small section. Then divide into two again.
- Rub the gel on the divided section to make it easier to twist the two strands. Holding one strand, flat twist as though you’re doing a cornrow. Flat twist until you reach the end of the scalp.
- Repeat step two on the other strand. Now, know that you can use your fingers to flat twist or use the small comb. Either way works.
- Once you flat twist the second strand, join them together.
- Twist them together until you reach the end. You can choose to rubber band or coil the ends to secure it.
- Repeat the process until you complete all sections.
Watch the YouTube video below by Nas_Thestylist to get all the details.
2 Strand Twist: 30 Styling Ideas
1. Two Strand Twist on Blonde Hair
Natural hair dyed blonde is unique in the black community. Imagine how everyone will admire you for styling them in two-strand twists. This is because this hairstyle is beautiful and low-maintenance.
2. Short Two-Strand Twist
If you have short hair and don’t know how to style it simply, go for 2 strand twist. This hairstyle protects your hair and encourages hair growth.
3. Two Strand Twist in Buns
While 2 strand twists are unique hairstyles, you can hold them in buns to keep them off your face.
4. Jumbo Two Strand Twist
You style your hair in jumbo twists by parting big sections before twisting. If you have big locs, good for you!
5. Freeform Twist
Freeform twists employ diverse techniques to achieve this unique style. Take a screenshot to show to your hairstylist.
6. Locs in Up-do with Scarf
To make it easier to hold your 2 strand twists in a bun, use a long rectangular scarf to hold them in place.
7. Jumbo 2 Strand Twist on Natural Hair
2 strand twists are beautiful on natural hair. They’re even more unique when you twist them in jumbo, looking like dreadlocks.
8. Bob 2 Strand Twist
Twisting your hair to achieve a bob is possible with 2 strand twists. If your hair is long, hold a knot at the end to invisibly shorten them.
9. Brown Twist on locs
Dark brown colours are natural colours of black hair that are more versatile with twist.
10. Long 2 Strand Twist
Don’t worry if you have long hair or locs but are wondering if you can style them in 2 strand twists. Yes, you can. And you can hold a big bun.
11. Flat Twist
You can flat-twist small sections of your hair and twist them to the end. This hairstyle is unique to normal cornrows.
12. Knot Twists
If you have curly or straight hair, styling your hair in a twist can be easy. Hold a knot at both the roots and ends to secure them.
13. Black and Blonde Two Strand Twist
Sometimes, it’s okay to free your scalp or roots from hair dye. This protects your roots and creates a beautiful combination for your dyed hair.
14. Cornrow 2 Strand Twist
An alternative to flat twists before twisting is cornrow. This hairstyle makes the hair low-maintenance and beautiful.
15. 2 Strand Twist with Blonde Ends
A little dye doesn’t hurt, especially at the ends of your twists. This hairstyle is unique for people looking to add dye but don’t know where to start.
16. Long Jumbo Twist with Beads
With long natural layered hair, you can twist them to achieve this jumbo twist. Hold the ends with beads to make the layers visible.
17. Teen 2 Strand Twist
Young ladies are not left out of the trend either. You can style your kids’ hair in two-strand twists for school or for that special occasion.
18. 2 Strand Twist on Locs
2 strand twists on natural locs are beautiful and make you appreciate the pattern on your scalp.
19. Side Swept 2 Strand Twist
While many people love to style their hair by parting the middle, you can style yours like this, sweeping one side on the other.
20. Super Jumbo Two Strand Twist
This hairstyle reminds me of a famous reggae musician and activist. Can you guess? Super Jumbo twists are beautiful and unique on either long or short natural hair.
21. Half Up Half Down Twist
You can hold some of your hair up, and leave the rest on your back and front.
22. Small 2 Strand Twist in Bun
A chic hairstyle featuring a bun created with small two-strand twists for a textured and elegant look.
23. Two-Strand Twist with Knots
2 Strand twists can lose at the ends if you don’t knot them. That’s why you need extra invisible rubber bands to secure them.
24. Multicolored Twist
Dyeing your hair in two colours and mixing them in twists is versatile and beautiful, especially if it’s red vs. blond, black vs. brown or black vs. gold.
25. Medium Twists
If you don’t want big, jumbo, or small twists, you can do a medium size and length like this hairstyle.
26. Twist Curls
Twist curls are unique twists you can do by using curly gels. Rub a small gel for curls before twisting to achieve this hairstyle.
27. Twist with Accessories
Adding accessories to your twists is one way to stand out and be unique.
28. Triangle Two Strand Twist
Part your scalp into unique shapes, like this triangular shape, before twisting your hair.
29. Jumbo Locs Twist
You can style your big locs into 2 strand twist and hold a big jumbo bun as you desire.
30. Twist Bantu Knot
Twisting your hair in a strand twist before styling in Bantu knots protects and encourages hair growth.
Now It’s Your Turn
2 strand twist hairstyles are protective hairstyles you can achieve on natural hair and with locs. The hairstyle is versatile, unique, captivating, and beautiful from the scalp to the roots.
Make sure your hair is clean and moisturised before styling it. You can always wash it once a week and remember to oil your scalp after.
Which of the hairstyles are you going for first?
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