April 9, 2016 Jameela 0Comment

I had to go out on Saturday, so I needed a hairstyle that was reasonable to execute for a beginner like me. After tossing, turning, and agonizing (I like to exaggerate) over what style to try, I decided on a twist out.

What is a twist out?

A twist out is basically what your hair looks like after you take it out of ‘twists’. Twists are two strands of hair are intertwined. They are like a braid, but with only two parts.

I figured it was easy enough. I knew how to do twists. I do them in my daughter’s hair all the time!

My road to a decent hairstyle

The style I decided on is not a one-day hairstyle (at least for me). I had to be somewhere at 10 AM on Saturday. I usually wake up at 10:30 or 11, so I knew I wouldn’t have time to complete this endeavor and make it on time.

The day before I washed my hair and put it into chiney bumps (aka Bantu knots). Just a little FYI, Jamaicans call them chiney bumps and everyone else calls them Bantu knots. Bantu Knots are twists, twisted onto themselves. Lots of people will part their hair into perfect squares, but I couldn’t be bothered with that. I just parted my hair into whatever I thought was okay.


I woke up on Saturday and took them down using leave-in conditioner (I consulted with my friend Audrey on Snapchat while shopping for it) and Apple hair food which I think I got in Ghana, but you can probably find it at any African hair store near you.


I fluffed up the back to get rid of the defined partitions in my hair. I proceeded to put in some bobby pins and a head-band. That worked just fine!


I made a video because pictures just seem to be so limited.

The Results

As the day wore on, I became more and more pleased with with hairstyle. I thought is was pretty cute with my lace dress and black flats. My daughter liked mommy’s hair too!

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Those curls tho!

If you have any tips for an awesome twist out, please let me know below in the comments.

Natural Hair Dictionary:

  • Parting Hair: using a fine comb to create geometric shapes for braids or lines for cornrows
  • Twists: Two strands of hair intertwined onto themselves
  • Braids: Interlacing of three or more strands of hair
  • Cornrows: a style of braiding and plaiting the hair in narrow strips to form geometric patterns on the scalp
  • Bantu Knots/Chiney Bumps: When the hair is parted, twisted, and rolled into bumps. A method for stretching or styling natural hair.