Flat twists are a popular African-American hairstyle for women with natural (non-chemically straightened) hair. Some people find it easier to design this style than cornrows because fashioning cornrows requires braiding three strands of hair, while flat twists only use two strands. Flat twists work well with straight and coiled hair. They remain a simple, low-maintenance style when you want to try something different.

How to Flat Twist Hair

Part hair with the tail end of the rat-tail comb. The pointed end makes it ideal for creating even, straight parts. For a basic flat twist style, begin parting at the hairline and go straight back to the nape of the neck. An average part will make a section about one inch wide.

Use hair clips to hold the remaining hair out of your way as you twist.

Comb through the section of hair with the wide-tooth comb before you begin twisting. Working out tangles makes it easier to twist the hair.

Apply a lightweight gel or other light holding product to the section. This helps hold the twist in place.

Take the hair at the hairline and divide it into two small sections. Begin twisting these sections around each other.

Pull hair from the scalp into the twist as you work your way back. This is what makes the twist lie flat on your scalp. Try to work in hair in equal increments to keep your twists uniform in shape.

Twist all the way to the ends of the hair. For coiled hair, simply twisting the ends together may be enough to hold them without unraveling. If your hair is straight, use snap-free rubber bands or barrettes to hold the ends.

Repeat these steps all over the head.


  • Put moisturizing products onto your hair before you begin twisting.

    Be creative and try parts facing to one side instead of straight back. You can also flat twist beginning at the nape of the neck and working upward.

    Cover your twists at night with a silk or satin scarf to preserve the style for up to two weeks.