Updated Twist Out Routine



ey loves! A lot of you have been asking for an updated twist out routine. I haven’t gotten around to making a video yet, but I wanted to post a pictorial of the steps to my twist out.


I am constantly switching up my products, but these are the products that I’ve been currently using. I’ve found that a setting lotion/foam is what gives my curls great definition. Not to mention my new found holy grail, the Denman brush ::insert praise hands:: Why didn’t y’all tell me about this brush sooner? Y’all don’t love me 😉

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Below is a before picture of my hair after about a week in a half of not washing or twisting it. I used to do my twist out every three nights to keep it fresh, but once I started using a better combination of products, I only needed to twist it once and it gradually poofs throughout the week. If you like your curls consistently defined, then twist it up every 2-3 nights.

McKenzie Renae Twist Out4


Ok let’s get started!


1. After shampooing, I use the Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner while still in the shower and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Conditioner is VERY important if you’re hair is colored. You need a lot of moisture to maintain healthy colored curls. I gently detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb, rinse the conditioner out, and I’m on to the next step.


2. I like to lightly blot my hair with a towel so it’s not soaking wet, otherwise it takes forever to dry. I apply a generous dollop of the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner first, then a scoop of the Bouncy Curls Pudding and comb it through my hair.


3. Next I section my hair one part at a time and gently detangle it again with the Denman brush. This allows your curls to start with a great canvas before applying the next styling products.


4. I pump one pump of the Jane Carters Solution Wrap and Roll and apply it to the section, then two strand twist it. I use this product for the longer portion of my hair at the top. I’ll repeat this step all around the crown of my hair until it’s done.


5. Now around the back and sides of my hair, I use Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls. I like using the gel around this area because my curl pattern is tighter, and it keeps the hold and helps define my curls better.


This is what my twist out looks like after repeating these steps:

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How do I sleep on it you ask?

Because my hair takes much longer than 8 hours to air dry when it’s twisted, I just take a blow dryer on the low setting and dry it for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you have a hooded dryer and an hour to spare, it’s much faster to just sit under the dryer. Do your nails or something while your waiting for it to dry. I pop a bonnet on and go to sleep!


When I wake up I apply a little Biosilk serum (not pictured) on my fingertips and unravel each section until they are all out. Then I take my fingers and fluff up the roots until it’s big enough to my satisfaction. That’s it! Simple! It looks like this when I’m done!

McKenzie Renae Twist Out2


How do I sleep on it for the rest of the week you ask? 


I SWEAR by my Hair-Routine Pillow Bonnet. It was given as a gift a little while ago and I sleep on it EVERY NIGHT! It’s 100% satin, pops on right over your pillow and is waterproof so it doesn’t get soaked throughout the night and it prevents frizz when I wake up. Again, I fluff it every morning and I’m good to go!

Pillow Bonnet

You can check out the Hair-Routine pillow here. It’s a great investment!


I hope this pictorial helps you ladies out when it comes to doing your two strand twist out at home! Be patient when creating your own personal product combination, because what works for my hair may not be the best for yours. It’s trial and error, so keep testing until you find what works for you!


If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask away below!




17 Responses
  • heart
    July 16, 2014

    Hi. I was interested in purchasing the Shea Butter Bouncy Curls Pudding. How do you like it? Does it give definiton and moisture? Thanks

    • admin
      July 17, 2014

      Hi I love it! It does give my hair moisture without making it too heavy or leaving too much residue. It smells nice and I would use it again. Like I always mention, I’m constantly switching up products (the nature of being a beauty blogger), but this is a product I’ve used until the jar was empty. Which is definitely a sign! I say give it a shot in addition to a setting lotion/foam for added definition.

  • Renée
    July 16, 2014

    Thanks for sharing that! I absolutely love you hair curly or straight! I do have a question so you sleep on the satin pillow, but do you just leave you hair out as in your last picture (the way you wear it out?) or do you catch it up with a headband or loosely plait/twist before going to bed? because I find i always have to if i leave my hair out and sleep on a satin pillow case i still lose my curl as im a bad sleeper.

    thanks x

    • admin
      July 17, 2014

      No problem! Yes I actually do just sleep on the pillow. I have to fluff my curls back up in the morning and sometimes around the sides and back Ill add a little product and finger twist it to bring some of the curls back to life. But the bigger my hair gets, I cant wear a bonnet when the curls are loose b/c it smooshes my hair and doesn’t fit. I’ve become more more lazy with my night routine, I only wear a bonnet if I twisted it up again at some point during the week. Hope this helps!

      • Renée
        July 21, 2014

        Its does.. thank you!

  • Kenya Ebonee-Rae
    September 8, 2014

    As I am looking for things to do with my hair in this late night hour THANK YOU for this regimen. I needed that wrap lotion piece. Ya look FAB !

    • admin
      September 14, 2014

      Thanks girl! Have fun with it 🙂

  • NSLeak
    October 8, 2014

    First of all Let me say I love reading your blog, and following you at other social media sites! My question is about the pillow. I currently use a satin pillow slip that I purchased from Walmart for about $4. Have you ever used just a plain satin pillow case, and how does it compare to your pillow set up?

    • admin
      October 12, 2014

      Hey, thank you 🙂 I have slept on a satin pillow case before and it was just fine. I just don’t use it anymore since I sleep on this all the time. But if you don’t have this pillow case, I would definitely recommend a silk pillowcase next!

  • Nika
    February 8, 2015

    I absolutely LOVE your cut! It looks amazing both curly and straight. Do you get it cut while it’s straight or curly? I need a change and a great shape for versatility. So anything you can tell me about your cut and maintenance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!!!

    • admin
      February 8, 2015

      Thanks so much! Yes, i do get it cut when its curly, then when it’s straight sometimes Ill just get a little trim. But I just keep shaping it as it grows out 🙂

  • Brittany
    June 23, 2015

    I love your blog!! I recently cut my hair. Do you twist the sides and back of your hair?

    • admin
      June 30, 2015

      Hi Brittany! Thanks so much! Yes I twist my hair all over now that it’s long enough. When it was a shorter cut I only twisted the top and finger coiled the back and sides

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