Miss Leah’s Twist ‘N Curl


by Miss Leah of A Diamond Through the Fire

Remember I said I would be doing some new things for March … Well here is my first tutorial on how I do my Twist and Curl hairstyle. This is a staple style that’s been in my arsenal since last year and I love the way it turns out (most of the time). The steps are easy. You just need a few things:

  • Favorite Shampoo (I’m partial to Giovanni 50/50)
  • Favorite Conditioner (Again, I’m partial to Giovanni 50/50 and Aussie Moist)
  • Perm Rollers (Featured HERE) I like these because the rod is skinny. A skinny flexi rod or straw and bobby pins would do the trick too.
  • Favorite Moisturizer (I used Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie)
  • Favorite Oil (I use any oil that’s within reach; this is just for sealing the ends)
  1. This style works BEST on clean hair, so give your tresses a good scrubbin’.
  2. Next, make sure that you condition your hair. I always end up following with a good deep conditioning just to make the hair extra soft, but that is totally up to you.
  3. You want to section the hair into 4 sections: part (with your finger) ear to ear and forehead to nape of neck.
  4. Within each section, you should section at least 4 sections.
  5. Smooth a light amount of moisturizer down the length of your hair and seal the end with oil and two strand twist the hair.
  6. Take your perm roller and roll the ends.
  7. Do this for each section of your hair.
  8. Sleep in a satin bonnet or set the style under a hooded dryer (I normally sleep on the style and it’s dry by the morning).
  9. Once dry, take down the rollers and undo the twists.
  10. Separate each twist 3 to 4 times, but make sure to do it gently or it will frizz up.
  11. Fluff and style and GO :). You should have cute ringlets that are bouncy and spring back when you pull on them.
  12. To maintain the look, I normally sleep with a satin bonnet. I bobby pin the side back where I normally lay my head (right side) and in the morning I’ll fluff and and reset some of the curls.

How to create a Twist and Curl FAIL
I have learned that using too much moisturizer or oil can result in a twist and curl fail. This just means the curls will not be defined. Also, taking down the twists while wet will have the same effect. If your 2 strand twists are too large, the curl will not be as defined either. The pictures below are my failed Twist and Curls.

Lopsided Twist and Curl

Twist and Curl FAIL!

This turned into a bun.


9 responses »

  1. I use to use McDonald straws (because they are wide) and bobby pins because I didn’t now about perm rollers LOL it helps for those tricky straight ends that never curl! The only negative with perm rollers is the occasional snag on the teeth of the roller but the good out way the bad to I keep using them


    • Miss Leah, if you use end paper, you can get rid of that occasional snag so that there are no negatives:)!! When I used rods, I almost always used end papers. It takes a sec to get the hang of it, but I’d fold my ends in the paper, then roll them on the roller.


      • Yes. It’s Redken “Smooth Down”, brown bottles. It’s amazing, it keeps our hair very soft, there’s no harsh chemicals in it. We add “super gro” to her roots, and that keeps her hair healthy. It’s a great combination thus far. It also works well with our son he’s growing his locks.


    • I’m so picky when it comes to my hair and the way it looks goin out of the house lol. I expected the curls to be more defined. In the last two pics the curls were loaded with oil an shea moisture. I couldn’t wear it out like it was because my collar would have been greasy. The other fail was just loopsided but I wore it out an just pulled on the one side all day to make it drop down… It didn’t work lol


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