How To Create A Gorgeous 3 Strand Twist Out On Natural Hair

A 3 strand twist out on natural hair

My home girl, Alyssa Forever from YouTube demonstrates how to do a 3 strand twist out which is much different from a two strand twist or a regular braid.

Honestly she can show you better than I can tell you but the results are more like a rope effect giving rise to more of a coil pattern rather than the waves that you would usually expect to get from a normal two strand twist out.

In the video she uses two products to create her amazing definition. ORS Olive Oil Cream and Devacurl Ultra Defining Gel.

Here are 3 reasons you should try a 3 strand twist out:

1. The twists are tighter – If you have a looser curl pattern or if you just want to wear twists for a while before releasing the hair for the actual twist out, doing it in this manner almost guarantees that you hair will not unravel before it is time for you to separate them.

2. The twist out is more defined – Because of how tight the twists are the twist out will have a ton of texture, so if that is what you are after then the 3 strand twist is the style for you.

3. It’s cute! – Hey! I’m just saying, the style is really cute when done right, we would suggest trying it on both dry and wet hair to see which way gives you the most definition for your hair type.

In terms of making sure the style really turns out great we would suggest making sure your hair is very moisturized prior to doing your twists. Apply a water based leave in to your hair and try using a butter to seal instead of an oil.

Really great butters keep your twists feeling plump and soft especially if you plan to keep them in for awhile before doing the twist out. A holding gel is also a good idea to ensure that the style lasts for a good few days.

Ok that is enough talking from me; let me allow Alyssa to demonstrate exactly how she does the three strand twist out. Isn’t the result just gorgeous?

Originally posted 2014-02-01 15:00:06.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Soncerai Wootson Whittlesey

I haven’t mastered two now there’s three??? O.o Ikesha McGill

Yvette Martin

Better known as a “braid out”.

Brittany Hart

If you watch the video this is different from a braid out.

Sharon A Myers

Three strand is a PLAIT!

Soncerai Wootson Whittlesey

I agree with Sharon and Yvette I prefer braid outs y’all can keep this three strand twist nonsense. This person in the photo prolly has a stylist and I’m over here solo!!

Regina Toliver

I love her YouTube videos

Kamela M Oxner

Very pretty

Karina Lambus

This is beautiful

Cherise Rumley-Edmunds

Love iy

Janine Michelle D

Twist outs don’t work on my type of hair.

Ana Costa

maravilhoso!! 🙂

Gilda Adlig

I just had a conversation with a stylist on yesterday inquiring about the 3 – strand twist. I’ve attempted to do it but, all I manage to do is tie my hair in knots…lol.

Ja'iere Hunt

I know her shes on youtube too she teaches you how to get curly hair

Naomi Summage

I’m fine with my two strand twist I’m perfect with those

Toy Jaynell

She does the Bantu knots also which comes out so good

Rahimah Wynn

Tried it and loved it. The first try wasn’t too bad either. There was more definition then I get with my two strand and it lasted longer. Also the twist themselves are kinda cute. So if I do them smaller I would pull them up and wear them that way for a day or two before unraveling.

Stasi Munn-Williams

Oh Lawd! I aint ready for that. Her Ombre is gorge!

Khrystal Bethea NoLonger NinaArtis

I love watching her videos bcuz my daughter has naturally curly hair like this and watching her helps me with ways to mange my baby hair ! Them lil hairs erk me to pieces ! My daughter is about to be 10 and still has baby hairs ! Smh !

Teyana Pettis-Downs

I’m gonna try this

Shantell Bell

I love her videos

Sebrina Jackson

I learned by thinking of an airplane propeller. The strands never cross, they just go around like a propeller. That made it really easy for me.

Markisha Walmack

Deborah Scales try finger coils or two strand twists those are easy in my profile pic I did finger coils for the first time using eco styler gel and olive oil on freshly washed hair.try youtube I learned a lot on there


I love your hair and I was wondering if it was possible to do that on short hair and also how would you go about doing it

Tabitha Battee

Tried it on my daughters hair and it came out nice. Always have 2 of the strands in your left hand and the 3rd one in your right. Wrap the one in your right hand around the 2 in your left. Repeat 😉

Conchita Tarver-Smith


Tracy Treva Williamson

oh my would love to try this on my daughters hair

Yilyana Casley


Precious C Gaither


Leticia A. Campbell

Tried this and just ended up braiding my hair, going to do it again hopefully I get 3 strands instead of braids. Lol

Pebbles Pochahontas Fontenot

Dang it I should Looked at this before I Did my bantu knots

Chara Watkins

The last one…. And you shld try this

Rebecca Long

Gonna learn this.

Jarvette Lakia Jefferson

Chara Watkins my problem is using those damn rods on the ends cuz my twist came out good. U’d never know with the tightness tho

Shaquilla Genwright

I need this in my life lol going to try it when i take my weave out:)

Ikesha McGill

I ain’t about that 3 strand twist life!!!!!!!!!

Ikesha McGill

Omg Soncerai I saw this article too and skipped right over it! I just learned from trial and error how to get 2 strand twists to stay in, but they aren’t defined unless I keep them twisted for a week. Soooooo I’m not even going there with these 🙁

Dawnielle Colquitt

Honestly I have been doing 3 strand twists since I was a little girl and im not sure why she braided it first but she kinda made it look harder than it really is. (To ME, ijs, not hatting, her end result came out fabulous and when it comes to natural hair I’ve learned that it’s not always about the process but finish)

Rohanna Seville

Always wondered about doing something like this. This is really pretty. Ready to try it!

Angie Quick-Coleman

So cute!

Mary Adams

That’s gorgeous igtta try!

Donna Jarvis Smith

This is really pretty, but I imagine it taking a long time to do. Ugh!

Shaunna-Marie Seville

Me too!!!!! This is hot 🙂

Shirley SK


Tina Taylor

I think this is sooo cute

Keianna Pelt

Joi Bearden yes!!! This is what I need!

Mamii'Is Honey

I tried it and it came out absolutely gorgeous! Lasted 8 days. Though by the 5th day I had it pulled up to a puff. But it still had great definition. May have lasted longer but…. by that 8th day I had to co-wash. 🙂 (couldn’t take it. Lol!)

Frankye Campbell


Rosantra Chandler

I’m about to do this to my hair today…

Faith Garel

Yes that would be cute!

LaKiva Golightly

Let’s do it

Nella Jallow

Did any one who live in London , can make it for me???? Pls I will pay

Grace Mwami

I want her hair lol :/

Mika Dickinson

How you do it

Joann Turner

She is will work great for her already naturally curly hair…

Christa Colquitt Harris

I am going to try this when I take my braids out.

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