How-To: 3+ Simple Flat Twist Styles For Beginners 

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Ready to upgrade your hairstyle effortlessly? Simple flat twist styles are the answer. At Jen Hair Salon, we’re all about embracing their beauty and ease. Unlike intricate braids, flat twists are beginner-friendly and yield stunning results with minimal effort. This guide will walk you through easy tutorials and expert tips for beginners. From casual to classy, get ready to rock your new look confidently!

Simple flat twist styles (Source: Flickr)
Simple flat twist styles (Source: Flickr)

What Does Flat Twist Look Like?

Flat twists, also known as fanned twists, are a popular protective hairstyle known for their sleek and elegant appearance. They are created by intertwining two strands of hair while pressing them flat against the scalp, resulting in a smooth and defined twist. This style offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Protection: Flat twists help minimize breakage and frizz, keeping your hair healthy and strong.
  • Versatility: They can be worn in various styles, from intricate updos to cascading loose strands.
  • Low manipulation: Once styled, flat twists require minimal manipulation, allowing your hair to rest and thrive.

 

Flat twists, also known as fanned twists (Source: Natural Hair Products)
Flat twists, also known as fanned twists (Source: Natural Hair Products)

How To Flat Twist For Beginners (Natural Long Hair)

Mastering this technique might seem daunting initially, but with our comprehensive guide and helpful tips, you’ll quickly create beautiful flat twists!

Skinny Flat Twist:

The skinny flat twist style involves creating thin, sleek twists close to the scalp. It’s a variation of flat twists where smaller sections of hair are twisted tightly, resulting in a more refined and intricate look. This style offers a polished and elegant appearance while still providing the benefits of protection and low manipulation for your hair.

The skinny flat twist style involves creating thin, sleek twists (Source: Youtube @AbbieCurls)
The skinny flat twist style involves creating thin, sleek twists (Source: Youtube @AbbieCurls)
  1. Separate a small section of hair, ideally starting at the front or crown of your head.
  2. Divide the chosen section into two small strands and hold them between your thumb and index finger of one hand.
  3. Use your free hand to scoop a tiny amount of hair from underneath the two strands closest to your scalp.
  4. Incorporate the scooped hair into the existing two strands held in your other hand.
  5. Twist all three strands together once or twice, ensuring the twist lays flat against your scalp.
  6. Continuously scoop small sections of hair from underneath the main strands and incorporate them into the twist using your free hand. Maintain a tight grip and consistent twisting direction throughout.
  7. Continue twisting until you reach the ends of your hair strands.
  8. Twist the remaining strands into a regular two-strand twist and secure them with a hair tie or bobby pin.

Face Twist (Flat Twist Towards the Face):

The face twist, also known as flat twist towards the face, is a flat twisting technique where the twists are directed towards the front of your face. In this style, as you twist the strands of hair together, you ensure that the twisting direction is towards your face. This creates a flattering framing effect, accentuating your facial features and providing a sophisticated look.

You ensure that the twisting direction is towards your face (Source: Youtube @AbbieCurls)
You ensure that the twisting direction is towards your face (Source: Youtube @AbbieCurls)
  1. Follow steps 1-3 from the “Skinny Flat Twist” instructions.
  2. When twisting the three strands together, ensure the twisting direction goes towards your face. This means the top strand will cross over the bottom strand as you twist.
  3. Continue twisting and scooping small sections of hair as described in the “Skinny Flat Twist” instructions, maintaining the twisting direction towards your face.
  4. Secure the ends as mentioned in the “Skinny Flat Twist” instructions.

Half-Up, Half-Down Flat Twist:

The half-up, half-down flat twist style combines the elegance of flat twists with the versatility of a half-up, half-down hairstyle. In this style, you create flat twists on the front sections of your hair, while leaving the back sections loose and untwisted. This creates a beautiful contrast between the twisted and untwisted sections, resulting in a chic and effortless look that’s perfect for any occasion.

You create flat twists on the front sections of your hair (Source: Youtube @AbbieCurls)
You create flat twists on the front sections of your hair (Source: Youtube @AbbieCurls)
  1. Create a center part, side part, or any desired parting style for the “half-up” section.
  2. Divide the front half of your hair into multiple sections to create flat twists. You can choose the size of the sections based on your preference.
  3. Using the “Skinny Flat Twist” or “Face Twist” technique (whichever you prefer), create flat twists from the front sections and work your way back towards your crown.
  4. The hair at the back of your head will remain loose and untwisted.
  5. Once all the front sections are twisted, gather them and secure them with a hair tie or bobby pin to create the “half-up” style.

Pro Tips:

  • Use a leave-in conditioner or water spray to keep your hair moisturized and manageable.
  • Start with smaller sections if you’re a beginner, and gradually increase the size as you gain practice.
  • Use a mirror to ensure your twists are even and flat against your scalp, especially when working in the back sections.
  • Practice regularly to improve your technique and achieve flawless flat twists.

P/S: For a more visual demonstration of this technique, check out the full video!

How to Flat Twists on Short Natural Hair 

Flat twists on short natural hair (Source: Youtube @Felipé Charming)
Flat twists on short natural hair (Source: Youtube @Felipé Charming)

You’ll need a leave-in conditioner, water spray bottle (optional), comb, edge control (optional), hair clips (optional), and hair ties.

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. Apply a leave-in conditioner or water spray to damp hair for better manageability and prevent breakage.
  2. Create a desired parting style, such as a middle part, side part, or multiple sections.
  3. Use a small amount of edge control to smooth your edges if desired.
  4. Separate a small section of hair where you want to begin the twist.
  5. Divide the chosen section into two small strands and hold them between your thumb and index finger of one hand.
  6. Use your free hand to scoop a tiny amount of hair from underneath the two strands closest to your scalp.
  7. Incorporate the scooped hair into the existing two strands held in your other hand.
  8. Twist all three strands together once or twice, ensuring the twist lays flat against your scalp.
  9. Continuously scoop small sections of hair from underneath the main strands and incorporate them into the twist using your free hand.
  10. Maintain a tight grip and consistent twisting direction throughout.
  11. Keep twisting and adding small sections of hair until you reach the ends of your hair strands.
  12. Twist the remaining strands into a regular two-strand twist and secure them with a hair tie or bobby pin.

Pro Tips:

  • If your hair is very short, start with smaller sections and gradually increase the size as you gain practice and confidence.
  • Work slowly and carefully to avoid twisting too tightly and causing breakage.
  • Use a mirror to ensure the twists are even and flat against your scalp, especially in the back.
  • Practice regularly to improve your technique and achieve defined flat twists on your short, natural hair.

P/S: For a more visual demonstration of this technique, check out the full video!

Essential Products For Simple Flat Twist Styles

Leave-in Conditioner & Water Spray Bottle

This multitasker is a must-have (Source: Freepik)
This multitasker is a must-have (Source: Freepik)

Regarding your hair’s hydration, think of these two as its ultimate allies! They’re essential for moisturizing your locks, like giving your plants a refreshing drink before they droop.

  • Leave-in conditioner: This multitasker is a must-have for hydrating, detangling, and adding a touch of conditioning to your hair. Look for a lightweight formula that won’t leave your hair feeling heavy or greasy. It’s like a nourishing lotion for your locks!
  • Water spray bottle: This simple yet effective tool is perfect, especially if your hair gets oily. Remember not to go overboard – too much water can slip your hair for effective twisting.

Edge Control (Optional):

It helps to smooth down your edges and tame any unruly flyaways (Source: Amazon)
It helps to smooth down your edges and tame any unruly flyaways (Source: Amazon)

While not essential, this product can work wonders! It helps to smooth down your edges and tame any unruly flyaways, which is particularly beneficial for:

  • Short hair: Perfect for controlling frizz and defining your hairline.
  • Fine hair: Adds extra hold and definition to your edges for a polished look.

Opt for a water-based formula to avoid product build-up or flaking. It’s like a light mist that effortlessly smooths things out without feeling heavy. 

Styling Cream or Gel:

Styling cream offers a flexible hold, perfect for a more natural-looking finish (Source: Peppery Spot)
Styling cream offers a flexible hold, perfect for a more natural-looking finish (Source: Peppery Spot)

Consider these products your twists’ personal trainers, providing extra hold and definition for long-lasting and flawless results.

  • Styling cream offers a flexible hold, perfect for a more natural-looking finish. It is especially ideal for looser twists. It gently nudges your hair in the right direction, allowing it to move naturally.
  • Styling gel delivers a stronger hold, ideal for a sleek and defined look. It is particularly great for tighter twists. It ensures your twists stay sharp and in formation, just like a diligent drill sergeant.

Remember, a little product goes a long way! Use a small amount to avoid weighing down your hair or making it stiff. Apply the product to each section of hair before twisting, providing that extra support for your twist workout.

FAQs

Should I Flat Twist Wet Or Dry Hair?

Twisting on damp hair is generally a good idea. It keeps your hair flexible and less likely to break, and it helps the twists come out smoother. But if your hair gets frizzy easily, twisting on dry hair might work better for you. Just use a leave-in conditioner to keep things nice and moisturized.

Are Flat Twists Protective For My Hair?

Flat twists can be a great way to protect your hair. They minimize how much you have to touch and style it, which can lead to breakage. They also help trap moisture in your hair, keeping it healthy and hydrated. Remember to be gentle when twisting and untwisting to avoid unnecessary stress on your hair.

Do Twists Eventually Become Dreadlocks?

Don’t worry. Your twists won’t turn into dreadlocks! Dreadlocks are formed in a specific way that involves matting and twisting over time. Flat twists are just a styling technique; you can easily undo them without lasting effects on your hair.

What Type Of Hair Is Best Suited For Twists?

As for hair type, flat twists are pretty versatile! They work well on all hair types, from coily and curly to relaxed. Be mindful of your hair’s specific needs and use gentle techniques to avoid damage.

The best way to know if flat twists are right for you is to give them a shot! Experiment with different techniques and products to find what works best for your hair and the style you’re going for.

Final Thoughts

Simple flat twist styles offer not just a way to elevate your look but also a connection to natural beauty and heritage. These beginner-friendly techniques, rooted in tradition and simplicity, provide not only stunning results but also a sense of empowerment and self-expression. As you embark on your flat twist journey, remember to embrace your unique hair texture and take pride in the versatility and resilience of your natural hair.
Let us help you unlock the full potential of your natural beauty. Schedule your appointment today at Jen Hair Salon and embark on a transformative styling experience.

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