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50 Fab Flat Twist Styles for Natural Hair including Protective Updos

The one thing natural hair’s going to give you is options. And flat twist styles are no exception. Because once you get the technique down, your creativity, and the subsequent questions, can take over.

What design do you have in mind? How big or small will your parts be? Should you combine your flat twists with other types of braids or curls? Do you want to add extensions or work with your natural hair weave-free? Are you going to tuck your ends, let them hang, bun them, bead them or something else? Is your intention to install a protective style?

But first things first, if you’re new to this:

What are flat twists?

Flat twists are best described as a cross between two strand twists and cornrows. As with twists, two sections of hair are wrapped around each other, but like with cornrows, they are created close to, or flat against the scalp, picking up more hair as you go, resulting in rope-like twists as opposed to braids.

Are flat twists good for natural hair?

Flat twists are an excellent low manipulation style for natural hair. If you opt to tuck the ends away, so they are not left loose or exposed, then the oldest and most fragile part of your hair is protected as well, which also makes flat twists great for length retention.

Is it better to flat twist on wet or dry hair?

As a general rule, unless you’re doing a flat twist out, where your “braids” will be unraveled right away, flat twists are best done on clean, dry, stretched and detangled natural hair. It’s easier to work with and results in a much smoother look.

Which is better flat twists or two strand twists?

Flat twists and two strand twists are both beneficial for natural hair. As low manipulation styles, they help with moisture and length retention, not to mention they’re lightweight and low maintenance. Two strand twists however offer more flexibility with regard to styling, like box braids, whereas flat twists tend to lock you into the look and direction of the design.

Don’t let that deter you. With flat twists you still have endless options for creativity and versatility.

50 Fierce Flat Twist Styles for Natural Hair You Need To Try

If you’re going to DIY and could use a refresher, feel free to check out a basic how-to tutorial first. Otherwise just keep on scrolling for all of the ideas, inspiration and info you need to achieve your next fab flat twist style.

1. Lemonade Braids Inspired Feed-In Flat Twists

Lemonade braids inspired flat twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

As we mentioned, a flat twist is pretty similar to a cornrow, but uses two sections of hair instead of three, still laying on the scalp; hence the “flat” part of the name.

This lovely look simply swapped out the cornrows typical in lemonade braids, for a delicious twist on the traditional.

2. Straight Back Flat Twists into a Low Bun

Flat twists hairstyle into a low bun on a Black woman with natural hair
@brianalynee

Straight-back doesn’t have to be so literal. Slanted flat twists are gathered into a low bun for a chic, simple style.

3. Flat Twists into a Low Ponytail

Four flat twists into low ponytail on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @queenteshna

Who said your flat twists had to be evenly parted? You can vary the sizes and still maintain the symmetry.

In this case, after completing her four straight-back flat twists, one pack of Mambo Bouncy Curl hair was added to an elastic band and attached to the base.

4. Flat Twists with a Kinky Curly Drawstring Ponytail

Flat twists with gold cuffs into kinky curly drawstring ponytail on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @olushola_

This hairstyle features a diagonally flat-twisted front, along with a middle row of rubber band twists, all finished with a kinky curly drawstring ponytail.

Already gorgeous on their own, adding gold jewelry to the flat twists, truly made this look a gem.

5. Red Flat Twists into Cinnamon Buns

Red flat twists into cinnamon buns protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
@meliszamcfierce

Red flat twists braided back into two cinnamon buns? This style is too sweet not to try.

6. Marley Straight-Back Flat Twists with Beads

Black woman wearing Marley straight-back flat twists hairstyle with beads
IG: @monaxbanks

Thanks to length from added Marley hair and flair from wooden beads, this flat-twisted style is fire.

7. Flat Twisted High Bun with Two Strand Twisted Bangs

Black woman wearing flat twists hairstyle in high bun with bangs on her natural hair without extensions
IG: @brianalynee

Flat twists and two strand twists come together in a look that can’t be beaten. High bun and bangs for the win!

8. Red and Orange Flat Twisted Updo

Red and orange flat twist updo hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @theriver_oshun

We’re not going to lie, this style is not exactly DIY-friendly. So unless your flat twist skills are truly superior, you might want to sit this one out, in a stylist’s chair.

9. Short Flat Twisted Bob

Short flat twisted bob hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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Healthy natural hair with a solid haircut provides a great foundation for this flat-twisted bob.

10. Blown Out Ponytail with a Flat Twist

Blown out ponytail with flat twist on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

Adding a single flat twist, is an easy way to elevate a basic, but still beautiful, ponytail hairstyle.

11. Flat Twisted Updo without Weave

Black woman wearing a flat twist updo hairstyle without weave on natural hair
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Top view of a flat twist updo hairstyle without weave on natural hair
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Black view of a flat twist updo hairstyle without weave on natural hair
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This is one of those flat twist hairstyles that looks deceptively difficult. Thankfully, sis gives step by step directions for this unbelievable updo below. And the best part is, no weave is needed.

12. Marley Straight-Back Flat Twists into Two Low Buns

Marley straight-back flat twists hairstyle into two low buns on Black woman with natural hair
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Top view of Marley stitch flat twists hairstyle into two low buns on natural hair
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From the parts, to the perfect stitch “braids,” it’s the precision of these flat twists, plus the two adorable buns that makes this style so bomb.

13. Straight-Back and Sideways Flat-Twisted Bun

Straight-back and sideways flat twists bun protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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Side view of straight-back and sideways flat twists bun protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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Back view of straight-back and sideways flat twists bun protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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If your goal’s to end up with your hair in a low bun, you can part and flat twist your hair any number of ways. No matter how you ultimately get there, this is indeed the perfect protective style.

14. High Bun with Flat Twisted Front

Black woman wearing high bun with flat twisted front on natural hair
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While we’ll always be fans of a classic bun hairstyle, adding flat twists to the front is a lovely way to transform a timeless look.

15. Flat Twists with Swoop and Side Bun

Flat twists hairstyle with swoop and side bangs on natural hair without extensions
IG: @queenteshna

As you may have noticed by now, the variations on flat twists hairstyles with buns are truly endless. This version features a sexy swoop and side bun you’ll look forward to wearing on your next wash day.

Check out this tutorial for step-by-step instructions:

16. Flat-Twisted Crown with Curly Afro Puff

Flat twisted crown with curly afro puff hairstyle on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @naturallydidi

As this single slanted flat twist with high puff shows, simplicity can be beautiful.

17. Needle and Yarn Thread Flat-Twisted Low Bun

IG: @adannnamadueke

A far less common, but still effective way to flat twist, is by using the needle and yarn method. If you’re having trouble with the traditional, try the tutorial below for a twist.

18. Flat Twist Out

Black woman wearing flat twist out hairstyle on her short natural hair
IG: @just_meka_

You can allow your flat twist style to run its course first, or you can flat twist and remove them the same day. Either way, you end up with a fierce and enviable flat twist out.

While choosing the right products will absolutely affect your results, this flat twist out can attribute much of its fabulousness to being done on healthy, natural hair. Fresh off a second big chop, the shape is perfection, her mane is moisturized, and the curls are popping.

19. Two Low Puffs with Flat-Twisted Front

Black woman wearing two low afro puffs with flat twists on her natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

Two low afro puffs get a mini makeover with two flat twists upfront.

20. Flat Twist Halo Updo with Middle Twist

Flat twists halo updo with middle twist and gold cuffs on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @mynaturalsistas

Remix your boho chic halo braid by adding a third flat twist down the center. Finish with gold cuffs and you’ll be fab and festival ready.

21. Two Strand Twist Out with Side Flat Twists

Black woman with natural hair wearing two strand twist out hairstyle with side flat twists
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Side view of Black woman with natural hair wearing two strand twist out hairstyle with side flat twists
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Created using Thirsty Curls, Supercurl and Curly Magic, from Uncle Funky’s Daughter, this twist out is serving side-swept with flat twists.

And while this look was intended to be a sophisticated natural bridal hairstyle, we think it’s still simple enough for every day, even with the cuffs and decorative bling.

22. Wavy Side-Swept Feed-In Flat Twists

Wavy feed-in flat twists protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

The way your hair is parted can make an otherwise ordinary flat twist style look extraordinary.

23. Flat Twists Updo into High Marley Bun

Black woman with natural hair wearing flat twists up protective hairstyle in high Marley Bun
IG: @spritzhairstudio

Feel free to experiment with a range of colors on your flat twists, going as bold or understated as suits you and your updo.

24. Half-Up Half Down Twist Out with Two Flat Twists

Half-up half-down twist out hairstyle with two flat twists on natural hair
IG: @tressesbytori_

Two large flat twists, created at the crown, are pulled back and pinned over the still captivating curls on this “old” twist out. Two words. STUN. NING!

25. Blonde Perm Rod Frohawk with Flat Twists

Black woman wearing blonde perm rod frohawk hairstyle with flat twists on natural hair
IG: @ravishing_tresses

Flat twists up both sides meet in the middle, where her remaining hair is set on perm rods. The result is a fabulous curly frohawk we can’t get enough of.

26. Flat Twist Updo with Victory Roll

Back view of flat twist updo hairstyle with victory roll on natural hair
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Side view of flat twist updo hairstyle with victory roll on natural hair
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Done without adding extensions, these flat twists start on one side at the back and seamlessly swoop around to the front, finishing with a subtle victory roll. As far as we’re concerned, this style is a winner.

27. Flat Twist Curly Crochet Bob

Black woman with short natural hair wearing flat twist curly crochet bob hairstyle
IG: @queenteshna

Flat twists are created in the front, while the back is cornrowed so the crochet hair can be attached. The result is a cute, quick curly bob any queen can pull off.

28. Flat Twists and Cornrows Combo with Beads

Straight-back flat twists and cornrows hairstyle with beads on Black woman with natural hair
Right side view of straight-back flat twists and cornrows hairstyle with beads on Black woman with natural hair

Two large flat twists, flanked by two small cornrows? It’s hard to believe that this beautiful beaded style is the result of just four braids.

29. Curly Frohawk with Flat Twists

Black woman with curly frohawk with flat twists on natural hair
IG: @modelesque_nic

A wild and carefree wash and go meets two flat twists to create this easy, edgy frohawk.

30. Chunky Flat Twists Tuck and Pin

Back view of flat twists tuck and pin updo hairstyle on natural hair
IG: @laidbylisa

Turning your flat twists into a protective style can be as simple as tucking away your ends and pinning them into place. The final look is beautiful and beneficial.

31. Side Flat Twists and Two Strand Twists

Side flat twists and two strand twists hairstyle on Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @spritzhairstudio

This look features a few flat twists on one side, along with the flexibility to switch up how you style your two strand twists. It’s a win-win!

32. Side-Swept Flat Twists Updo with Bangs

Side-swept flat twists updo hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @ymileyhair

Side-swept and sexy, this short lemonade braids-inspired flat-twisted updo is serving.

33. Flat Twist Out with Side Flat Twists

Black woman wearing flat twist out natural hairstyle with flat twists on her 4C hair
IG: @thejennjackson

Part of the beauty of flat twists is that your hair is styled whether they’re in or out. This look lets you get the best of both worlds.

Create flat twists over your entire head and allow them to dry. Then, unravel all except for a few on the sides.

34. Flat Twists and Two Strand Twists Bun

Black woman wearing flat twists and two strand twists bun in her natural hair without weave
IG: @queenteshna

Flat twists in the front are a great starting point for any number of styles. While she opted for two strand twists in the back which are currently in a bun, they can easily be unraveled at a later date to reveal a gorgeous half-up half-down twist out.

35. Side-swept Flat Twists Updo

Side-swept flat twists updo hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

All hail this regal flat-twisted realness. Yas queen!

36. Flat-Twisted Bob with Cuffs

Flat twisted bob with gold cuffs on Black woman with medium natural hair
IG: @mynaturalsistas

This side-swept bob created on short natural hair, is a gorgeous gold-cuffed combo of two strand and flat twists.

37. TWA with Accessorized Flat Twist

TWA natural hairstyle with flat twist and cuffs on Black woman
IG: @lynnettessilhouettes

A flat twist with gold cuffs is giving glamour to this TWA.

38. Straight-Back Flat Twists into Low Bun

Straight-back flat twists hairstyle into a low bun on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @thejennjackson

If you can create one flat twist, seven should be no problem. Then, wrap them all into a bun at the base of the braids. Ease meets elegance, this is truly the perfect protective style. And the best part is no extensions are needed.

39. Flat Twists and Flexi Rod Set Updo

Back view of flat twists and flexi rod set updo hairstyle on natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

Leave the ends of your updo undone and opt to rod set your bangs. As long as protective styling isn’t the goal, you’ll still walk away with a lovely flat-twisted look.

40. Half-Up Half-Down Flat Twists with Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing half-up half-down flat twists hairstyle with bantu knots on her natural hair
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Flat twists with bantu knots make up the front of this half-up half-down hairstyle. And while you could easily opt for a wash and go, or even braid out in the back, crocheting gives you a similar look in a pretty, protective style.

41. Flat Twists into a Chignon

Back view of flat twists into chignon hairstyle on natural hair
IG: @stylequeenbeauty

Similar to previous low bun looks, this chic flat-twisted chignon is slightly different, but equally exquisite.

42. Feed-in Flat Twists into Braided Mohawk

Back view of feed-in flat twists braided mohawk on Black woman with natural hair
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Side view of feed-in flat twists braided mohawk on Black woman with natural hair
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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of frohawks on natural hair. Serving edge and elegance, these feed-in flat twists might be our new favorite look.

43. Flat Twists with Criss Cross and Cuffs

Flat twists natural hairstyle with criss cross and cuffs on Black woman
IG: @yoursnaturallysalon

These chunky flat twists are criss-crossed and tucked with gold cuffs for a simple, stylish and protective look.

44. Wavy Flat Twists in Low Bun

Wavy flat twists hairstyle in low bun on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

When it comes to quick, cute and protective flat twist hairstyles, the low bun remains undefeated.

45. Half-Up Half-Down Burgundy Flat Twists

Half-up half-down burgundy flat twists protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

Flat twists and two strand twists get a vibrant burgundy boost in this half-up half-down hairstyle.

46. Feed-In Flat Twists High Ponytail

Feed-in flat twists high ponytail protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

Although your styling options are pretty limited given the direction of these flat twists, there’s no occasion or place that a high ponytail wouldn’t be perfect.

47. Feed-In Flat Twists High Bun

Feed-in flat twists high bun protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

Much like the previous style, when you’re in the mood for an updo, the length can be wrapped into a high bun for a chic change of pace.

48. Maroon Criss-Cross Cornrows and Flat Twists

Black woman with maroon criss-cross cornrows and flat twists hairstyle on short natural hair
IG: @spritzhairstudio

Between the hair color, the design and the combo of the cornrows and flat twists, this short natural hairstyle is literally everything.

49. Short Flat Twists with Beads

Flat twists hairstyle with beads on Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @limitlessbloom

Beads are a beautiful way to add flair to your flat twist hairstyles. Seriously, between the fifty-eleven design possibilities and accessories, it’s virtually impossible for this look to fall flat.

50. Flat Twists and Two Strand Twists Updo with Bangs

Black woman with flat twists and two strand twists hairstyle on hernnatural hair without extensions
IG: @game_of_fros

With layers of flat twists coming together in the front, this hairstyle puts the bang in banging.

How long can flat twists last?

How long your flat twists last, depends on the size and style and whether or not weave was added. You can typically get 1-4 weeks out of your flat twists, as long as they are preserved properly by hydrating with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner daily, and covering them at night with a silk or satin scarf to present them from getting frizzy.

If you want to see similar styles that are possible, but might offer even more longevity, we’ve got plenty of other irresistible twist hairstyles to make picking your next look even harder.