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Day 5 Twist Out
Day 1 Twist Out

Flat curls, matted curls… I remember the trials and tribulations of trying to maintain a twist out.  I had absolutely no clue on how to keep it looking fresh the next day, so I thought my only option was to twist it EVERY NIGHT!  That was tiresome and also unnecessary.  Through trial and error, I devised a way to keep my hair looking nice and neat, even after a tug-o-war session with my sheets at night.  The picture to the left was taken five days ago when I recorded my “Signature Twist Out” video.  The picture on the right is from today.  Now I know you are wondering “how in the WORLD did you keep your twist out looking so fresh?”  Well, I’ve come to share my secret…

Pineapple Method for Keeping a Fresh Twist Out
It’s simple – Pineapple #nokevinhart

At night, I loosely secure my hair in a high pony puff (above bottom left) with a loose ponytail holder.  I then wrap it with a satin scarf (above top left).  Sometimes, I negate to use the scarf (or it comes off at night), but all of that is solved with my satin pillow.  In the morning, I remove the scarf and pony puff, shake my hair down, and go (above right)!  As days elapse, I may have to use my hands more in my head to direct the placement of my curls, but it’s nothing drastic.  I haven’t had to use any additional products, but I know if I wanted to keep it for another couple of days I would need to. I was going to try to keep it for seven days, but my scalp is screaming otherwise.  Had I started this twist out on freshly washed hair, I’m more than confident that I could easily go seven days, if not more.  I guess this twist out is a protective style in itself… <3

Day 2 Twist Out
Day 3 Twist Out
Day 3 Twist Out
Day 4 Twist Out

Day 4 Twist Out

Day 5 Twist Out

Curly Twist Out on Natural Hair | My Signature Style


If you’ve been rocking with me since inception, you’ll remember one of my first posts ever – my signature twist out.  Though times, products, hair color and hair lengths have changed, this curly twist out on natural hair still remains the same (plus the video needed an updated version – trust me, it’s rough)!  Here’s how I complete it these days:

Products/Items Used:
Giovanni Direct Leave-In
BeeMine Deja’s Hair Milk
Perm Rods
Tangle Teezer

Once hair was washed, deep conditioned, and t-shirt dried I applied a Giovanni Direct Leave-In and my hair was ready for styling (you can learn more about my regimen here).

I started at the nape of my neck, created a horizontal part that would allow for me to install medium sized twists.  On each section, I applied a little BeeMine Deja’s Hair Milk, detangled with the Tangle Teezer, and twisted it.  When I finished the twist, I installed a perm rod.

In this instance, perm rod size matters.  I used smaller rods in the back for a tighter curl to give the illusion of shorter hair in the back.  I used larger perm rods near the front and crown of my hair for a fuller curl and a more voluminous look.  You can read this post to learn more about perm rods.

Once my hair was completely dry (or simply the next day), I took down rods, took apart of the twists, separated each section and used a pick and my fingers to fluff my roots.  In this instance, I opted to not use heat to stretch out my roots but this is a route that I often take when my hair is freshly washed just for extra length in the crown.

Here is a picture of the style using only two rod sizes:

To Preserve the Style
I started with freshly washed hair for this style, but you can also complete this style on dry hair – it’s really your preference.

For preservation, I do one of two things: nothing at all or twist.  This is with no twisting:


There is a lack of true definition, but the style is still awesome!  You can learn more about my methods on how to preserve a twist out here.  Need more inspiration?  This is how I preserved my signature twist out for five days with no twisting!

When I do twist this style for refreshing, I detangle each section, apply a little product or spritz with water ONLY if necessary, twist and rod.  The results are more voluminous the next day than the day before as seen in these images here:

A photo posted by pRoy (@askproy) on


I wore this style the whole time I was in Tokyo, Japan as it is a VERY EASY travel style!  It can even be done on shorter hair (check out how to execute on short natural hair here).

What is your signature style?


EVERYTHING You Need To Know About Natural Hair


This page is dedicated to everything you need to know about natural hair!  To help you find what you may be looking for, I have highlighted the majority of my hair posts and categorized them by topic for easy navigation!

My 2015 Hair Goals/2014 Recap
Why I Love My Type 4 Hair!

What is a Hair Regimen and How Do I Make One?
What is My Current Regimen?
Professional Styles for Natural Hair
Help! My Hair Color is Fading Away
Why Is My Scalp So Itchy?
I Need Shine and Luster
Dry Hair and Hair Dye
Military Hairstyles for Natural Hair
How Did You Embrace Your Natural Hair?
How Do I Wear My Hair OUT in the Cold?
Are You Growing Out Your Shaved Sides?
My NaturallyCurly Guru Tag
Thinking of Getting a Tapered Cut? READ THIS FIRST!
How Did You Grow Out Your Shaved Sides?
How Do You Get Your Natural Hair to Stand Up?

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural
My Transitioning Story
Four Reasons Why You Should Transition
Starting the Transition Process from Relaxed/Damaged to Natural
Having a Plan for your Natural Hair Journey
Three Tips & Tricks for Today’s Transitioner
Embracing Your Natural Hair

Natural Hair Inspiration
Big Chop/TWA
Why TWA’s Rock!
Short Hair, Don’t Care!
Short Natural Hair (Straight to Curls): Kristen Medley
TWA: Brittany Bolden
TWA: Mia Hill
TWA: Joan Anderson
Bald & Beautiful: Danielle Montgomery
Top 5 Reasons to Wear a TWA
Awkward Phase and Tapered Cut Hairstyles

BOLD Girls, Beautiful Curls!
Natural Hair: Jasmine Clark
Natural Hair: Elle of Natural Hair Daily
Natural Hair – Vecoya Gee
Natural Hair & Fitness: Deborah Cordner Carson
Natural Hair: Carlyne
Natural Hair: Letitia DeLaine
Alexia Clincy
Rachel D. Wilson
My Favorite Curly Hair Musical Artists

Mother/Daughter Curls
TWA: Timisha Grandstaff
Mother/Daughter Curls: Aliyyah & Madison

Hair Growth/Retention
Best Product for Natural Hair
Why Isn’t My Hair Growing?
Natural Hair: Hair Length Obsession
Best Practices for Your Body and Your Hair to Promote Hair Growth
Length Retention – Is Protective Styling Necessary?
Black Hair Grows
To Trim or Not To Trim for Length Retention
From Disaster Hair Style to Success!
Hair Growth: 2009 to 2012
Why Are You Length Checking Your Hair?
Tapered Cut Grow Out

How To |
Detangle Natural Hair
Care for Color Treated Hair
Clean a Flat Iron
Combat Frizz
Dealing with Single Strand Knots
Safely Remove Protective Styles
8 Tips for a Gorgeous Twist Out
Care for Hair – Summer Edition
Take The Best Selfies on Instagram
Tips for the Perfect Summer Hair
Repurpose and Reuse Marley Hair for Crochet Hairstyle
Turn Old Hairstyles into New Hairstyles
Keeping a Clean Scalp
How to Wash Marley Hair
How I Shave My Own Sides
Combating Curly Roots While Wearing Straight Hair
Wear Flowers in Your Natural Hair
Wearing a Hat Over Your Natural Hair
How To Grow Out Your Shaved Sides
How To Get Your Natural Hair to Stand Up
Refresh a Wash and Go
Refresh a Twist Out on Short Natural Hair
Upkeep a Twist Out on Short, Natural Hair (No Refreshing Necessary)

Color-Treated Natural Hair
Hair Dye and Natural Hair
New Hair Color – Blondes and Reds
Manic Panic Ultra Violet Hair Dye Process
Hair Color – Honey Blonde (CON)
Hair Cut and Color Maintenance (2014)
Hair Color pRoy 2.0 (Blonde & Red)
Tapered Cut Grow Out & Hair Color Journey

Style Inspriation for Your Natural
Styles I’ve Worn / Style Maintenance
Flat-Ironed Natural Hair
Making a Twist Out Last (5 Days)
Mini Twists
Chunky, Funky Braid Out
Braid Out with Flaxseed Gel
Wash ‘N Go
Wash ‘N Go (Day 2)
Wash ‘N Go (Day 3)
Loose Twists on Dry Hair
Loose Twists (Various Styles)
Mini Twists to ‘Fro
Mini Twist UpDo
Shrunken Twist Out
Marley Twists in High Bun
‘Fros for the Fourth
‘Fro for the Fourth 2013
St. Patty’s Day Afro Style
From Wash and Gos to Fros
Loc Extensions
Crochet Marley Hair
From Twist Out to Braid Out
To Bantu Knot Out or Not
Stylin’ & Profilin’ with CSB for Natural Hair CCC
From a HOT Curlformer MESS to Soft Bouncy CURLS
Twisting It Out for the Weekend
GHOE Hair Styles
Curls Unleashed!
Marley Braid Senegalese Twists
Gorgeous Fro Hawk
Three (3) Strand Twists
The Afro
Fro Fashion Week Hairstyles Worn By Me
NEW LOOK! The Tapered ‘Fro
Fluffiest Twist Out on Natural Hair PERIOD
The Curly Fro Gone Wild!
Purple Hair Turned Purple Highlights
Roller Set Twist Out on Natural Hair
The Style That Lasted 7+ WHOLE DAYS!
Three Day Twist Definition using Creme of Nature
The Filthier the Hair, The HARDER They Stare!
The “Thank the Lord It’s Not Ratchet” Twist Out 

Protective Styling
Big Twists UpDo
Twists UpDo
Protective Styling For the Winter
The Convenience of Marley Twists
Low Manipulation Hairstyles for Natural Hair
‘Fro Kinks by Xpress Your Kinks Protective Afro Style
Loc Extensions
Marley Hair Crochet Hairstyle
Marley Twists on Short Natural Hair
Tons of Turbans (Headwraps)

My Tutorials
Twist Out (Text Tutorial)
Tension Method Blow Out
Preserving Braid Out with Big Braids
3 Styles in 3 Minutes
Queen Updo – Loose Twists with Texture
Front Flat Twist with Twist Out
Twist Out – Night Time Prep
Twist Out Results (From Night Time Prep)
Signature Twist Out (Video Tutorial)
High Bun on Natural Hair
Cascading Curls UpDo
The Three FREE Ingredient Braid Out
High Twisted Bun
Big O’ Puff
Revive a Twist Out
Pin Up Doll Inspired Updo
Mini Twists Low Elegant Bun
Mini Twists – Goddess Twist
Mini Twists and Side Curls
“No Fuss” Twisted Updo
Bantu Knot Out
Basket Weave Updo
How to Tie a Turban (Half Head)
How to Tie a Turban (Full Head)
Another Turban Tutorial (Full Head)
Totally Twisted Turban Tutorial
The Unpredictable Turban
Mini Twist Updo for Special Occasion
Mini Twist Updo (Showcase Video)
Video: Installing Mini Twists
Video: Easy Loose Twists Updo on Natural Hair
Video: Loose Twists Install and “Halo” Style
Video: Twist Updo Using Cantu Shea Butter Twist and Lock Gel
Video: Valentine’s Day Twist and Curl Hairstyle
Video: FlexiRod Set on Natural Hair
Video: Wash and Go Fro Hawk
Video: Installing Marley Twists Extensions Tutorial
Video: Roller Set on Natural Hair (Medium/Longer Length)
Video: Twist Extension Style Tutorials
Video: How to Style Marley Twists
Video: Flat Twist Out Tutorial
Video Tutorial: Straight Hair
Video: Romantic Straight Natural Hair Pin Up Style
Video: Pin Up Twist Out Style
Video: Twist and Curl on Dry, Stretched Natural Hair
Video: Reviving an Old Twist Out (#PWokeUpLikeThis)
Video: Wash ‘N Go
Video: The Curly ‘Fro!
Video: The QUICK and Perfect Bantu Knot Out on Natural Hair
Video: How to Straighten Naturally Curly Hair
Video: The Two Minute Textured Top Knot Bun 
Video: French Braid with Marley Hair on Natural Hair
Video: High, Top Knot Marley Bun on Natural Hair
Video: Rapunzel Twist on Natural Hair using Marley Hair
Video: Elegant Wedding Updo for Natural Hair (All Lengths)
Video: Soft Curls to a Fluffy Fro
Video: Defined Coils on Natural Hair using Obia Natural HairCare
Video: Rollerset on Natural Hair in Tapered Cut Tutorial < PURPLE HAIR
Video: The Faux Tapered Cut on Natural Hair (all lengths)
Video: How to Refresh a Roller Set on Natural Hair
Video: Finger Coils (Textured) on Natural Hair (Faux Starter Locs)
Video: Flawless Finger Coil Out on Natural Hair
Video: Braid Out on Natural Hair (Tapered Cut & Awkward Phase)
Video: Finger Coils and Spiral Curls
Video: Cocoon Curls
Video: Refreshing a Wash and Go
Video: Flat Twist Out Tutorial (Bee Mine)
Video: Refresh a Twist Out on Short Natural Hair

Product Reviews
Natural Hair Starter Kit 
Flaxseed Gel 
Desert Essence Shampoo/Conditioner
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk
Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream
Review: Design Essentials Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion
Review: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Twist & Lock Gel
Hair-Routine Pillow Bonnet
Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo and No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner
Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Curl Activator Cream and Shine & Hold Mist
African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Buttery Creme ReviewHot Hues Temporary Hair Color/Chalk
Jolen Cream Bleach
Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Setting Foam
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner and Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer
Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo
John Frieda 3 Days Straight Serum
Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Collection
Giovanni Direct, Tangle Teezer, and Ouidad Flexible Hold Hairspray
Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System
Kurlee Belle Products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-In, Jelle, and Styler)
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo
GVC Conditioning Shampoo for Blonde Haired Beauties

How I Upkeep a Twist Out on My Short Natural Hair


I’m ready to spill the beans on how I make my twist outs last so long on my short, natural hair, but are you ready to receive this information without prejudice?  Haaaaa!  I legit need to know because what I’m about to tell you is going to truly blow your mind.  By the way, that picture showcases DAY 4 HAIR!  Yea, bomb right?


If you remember from my previous post, you know that I had to take a minute and thank God that this twist out didn’t turn out ratchet because… well… the twists were saying otherwise.  Once I got my hair to look like above, I knew I had a full week ahead of me and needed my hair to look amazing.  I worked out three of those days (head full of sweat might I add) and didn’t think to re-twist my hair to even cover it up for that matter.  I literally did nothing to my hair… except this.

twist-out-on-tapered-fro-day-1-6-askpRoy The only thing I managed to do was not cover it in the shower (still avoided the direct water flow) and on Day 4 used a little bit of the Shea Moisture JBCO Styling Lotion to moisturize my hair.  After I worked that ever-so-lightly into my strands, I used a couple of pins to keep my part defined and what not… and that’s it.  In this side by side comparison, you can see a slight difference in my hair.  My twist out experienced a little shrinkage and lost a little definition, but other than that it held up quite nicely.

I don’t know what else to say about the styling/preservation process because this is my reality.  I try to execute styles that I know don’t require a lot of manipulation as I have found that my hair loves to just “be”.  Come to think about it, back in the day when I had more hair (read longer hair) and pineappled my twist out, I was practicing the same techniques.  You can see how I kept my twist out for 5 days here.

How do you preserve your twist out on your natural hair? Do you re-twist every night or just sleep on it?