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30 Two Strand Twist Hairstyles (Low Manipulation Never Looked Better)

So much more than just the first step in a juicy twist out, two strand twists should be among every naturalista’s go-to hairstyles.

What are the benefits of two strand twists?

Two strand twists are not only super easy to install, but they’re lightweight, low manipulation and low maintenance. And the benefits don’t stop there. Incredibly versatile, they can also be styled any way you want, especially the smaller they are in size, and best of all, adding extensions is not necessary. Needless to say, two strand twists are pretty and practical.

Are two strand twists a protective style?

Despite what you may have heard, two strand twists are not necessarily a protective style. They can be, but that all depends on the final look. To be considered as such, the ends of your twists must be tucked, pinned or otherwise put away, and therefore shielded from the environment, your clothing and other destructive factors.

Two strand twists are however a low manipulation style, which still helps considerably with length retention.

Should two strand twists be done on wet or dry hair?

Starting on wet hair delivers far more definition and hold, if you’re ultimately doing a twist out and your twists will be unraveled right away. Otherwise, two strand twists are best done on clean, dry, detangled stretched and moisturized natural hair. It’s easier to work with and results in a much smoother, elongated look. 

How long do two strand twists last?

As long as they are hydrated with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner daily, and covered at night with a silk or satin scarf, well maintained two strand twists can typically last for 2-3 weeks. They can then be retwisted, with minimal effort, to refresh the look and get more longevity out of the hairstyle.

30 Two Strand Twist Hairstyles that Take Low Manipulation Styling to Another Level

Keep your goals in mind as you scroll through these hairstyles and proceed accordingly. If you’re in search of a look that helps with length retention, choose one that protects your ends, which are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair. If your plan is ideally to keep them in for a while, then opt for a style with smaller twists, which tend to last longer.

And if you like the look of two strand twists and aren’t opposed to adding extensions, then check out these twist hairstyles, that are actually protective and absolutely perfect.

1. Two Strand Twists Updo with Bangs

Two strand twists updo hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @razorempress

Loosely gathered into an updo, with a few intentionally left out for effect, this two strand twist hairstyle is elegant and ethereal.

2. Half-Up Half-Down Chunky Two Strand Twists

Chunky half-up half-down two strand twist hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @danishrolls

Chunky two strand twists are a hit in this half-up half-down hairstyle.

3. Two Strand Twists with Gold Cuffs

Two strand twists with gold cuffs on Black woman with medium natural hair
IG: @shaakiramolisho

Held in place by gold cuffs, pinned-back two strand twists are a wonderful way to show off your features.

4. Purple Two Strand Twists in High Ponytail

Black woman with natural hair wearing purple two strand twists in a high ponytail
IG: @curliecrys

Playing with a temporary purple hair color can add even more pizazz to your look.

5. Mini Two Strand Twists

Mini two strand twists on Black woman with long natural hair
IG: @syeda_bombom

This look took four and a half hours, but the time to install your two strand twists will vary, of course, depending on the length of your hair and desired size. Regardless, given all of the styling options, it should be well worth the effort.

6. Mini Two Strands Twists in Space Buns

Black woman with natural hair wearing her two strand twists up in space buns

Slightly smaller than those in the previous style, these two strand twists took a whopping six hours. But these space buns are out of this world and easy to replicate.

7. Two Strand Twisted Bob

Two strand twisted bob hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @comfygirlcurls

Between the bob cut and the right twisting cream, you can create a healthy foundation for your two strand twists, which will clearly come through in the results.

8. Flat Twists and Two Strand Twists on a TWA

Black woman with a TWA wearing flat twists and two strand twists in her natural hair

A cute combo of two strand twists with flat twists on the side, this look is proof that it’s possible to achieve a chic, braided style on short natural hair.

9. Half-Up Half-Down Spring Afro Twists

Half-up half-down spring afro twists hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @adannamadueke

Technically this look is cheating since these are actually spring afro twists done with extensions. But would you have known if we didn’t tell you?

Since everything about them screams all natural two strand twists, we think we deserve a pass.

Besides sis is serving a variety of looks including this pineapple perfection below.

10. Spring Afro Twists in Pineapple Updo

Black woman with natural hair wearing spring afro twists in a pineapple updo with a head scarf
IG: @adannamadueke

If you’re feeling these “two strand twists” like we are, check out the YouTube video below for 9 more must-try hairstyles.

11. Two Strand Twists Updo in a Bow Headwrap

Black woman wearing two strand twisted swoop bangs and bow head scarf over the rest of her natural hair
IG: @curldaze

Gorgeous two strand twists swooped to the side with a literal bow on top? Needless to say, this hairstyle is giving.

12. Messy Space Buns with Bangs

Messy space buns with bangs on Black woman with short natural hair

Short hair doesn’t have to get in the way of your styling options. Little twists can be arranged into space buns with tendrils and bangs for an intentionally messy, must-try look.

13. Two Strand Twists with a Headband

Chunky two strand twists with a headband on a Black woman with long natural hair
IG: @danishrolls

Use a stylish satin headband to hold back all of your twists except for two left free to frame your face.

14. Half-Up Half-Down Two Strand Twists

Black woman wearing her two strand twists half up with a scrunchie
IG: @curldaze

Fashionable and functional, a scrunchie always comes in handy when you’re rocking two strand twists.

15. Roll, Tuck and Pin Two Strand Twists

Back view of roll, tuck and pin two strand twists on natural hair
IG: @lyles.styles

Instead of being left to dangle, these large two strand twists were tastefully rolled, tucked and pinned into the perfect protective hairstyle.

16. Two Strand Twists Layered Bob

Two strand twists in layered bob on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @khadajeeee

This two strand twist hairstyle could be considered minimal, but that’s largely the appeal. It’s layered and quite lovely.

17. Micro Two Strand Twists

Micro two strand twists hairstyle on Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @thejennjackson

Reminiscent of Sisterlocks™️, these twists actually look more like micro than mini to us. Either way they’re delivering maximum style impact, staying fresh to death for three whole weeks.

18. Short Side Swept Flat-Twisted Bob

Side-swept flat-twisted bob with gold cuffs on Black woman with short 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.

19. Beaded Mini Twists on Short Bob

Beaded mini two strand twisted bob hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

A different, but equally appealing approach to the bob, we can’t get enough of these blunt, beaded mini twists. Clean, dry, stretched, detangled and moisturized hair lay the perfect foundation for this lovely look.

Even if your natural hair is cut in a different shape, the ends can be bent to a uniform length, as you’re adding the beads, to give that illusion.

20. Short Invisible Locs Bob

Black woman wearing a short invisible locs bob hairstyle
IG: @hair_by_arie

With barrel knots on the ends, and a unique mix of flat and two strand twists, invisible locs are a welcome and wonderful departure from the typical look of faux locs.

21. Starter Locs with Two Strand Twists

Black woman wearing her natural hair in starter locs with two strand twists
IG: @missrii

For naturalistas who’ve committed to real dreadlocks, two strand twists can make the start of your journey much more enjoyable.

22. Half-Up Half-Down Ombre Two Strand Twists

Half-up half down pumpkin ombre two strand twists on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @beautyoutspoken @trueyou868 @lisettebrooks

Daring and delightful, there’s nothing basic about these pumpkin spice ombre two strand twists.

23. Two Strand Twisted Sisterlocks Lob

Black woman wearing her natural hair in a two strand twisted Sisterlocks lob
IG: @marlenawesh

Since Sisterlocks™️ are akin to strands of hair, it should really be no surprise that two strand twists on a lob would be lit.

20. Distressed Two Strand Twists

Black woman with natural hair wearing distressed two strand twists
IG: @lavishlybritt

As a general rule of thumb with two strand twists, you should keep your parts similar sized for uniform results and divide the hair equally so they’re even from root to tip.

But not every natural hairstyle needs to be perfectly put together. It’s actually the inconsistent look of these twists and lack of defined parts, that give this style its casual carefree appeal.

25. Multi-Braid Two Strand Twists

Criss-cross cornrows, flat twists and two strand twists on Black woman with short natural hair

A beautiful, braided combo of criss-cross cornrows, flat twists and two strand twists, this look is literally everything!

26. Two Strand Twisted High Bun

Black woman wearing her natural hair in a high twisted bun
IG: @brianalynee

Start by slicking your hair up into a high afro puff. Then, divide said puff into 3-5 sections, two strand twisting each one. Keep in mind, that the chunkier they are, the more volume your final look will have. Lastly, freestyle pin them into place, creating a bun in the process.

27. Mahogany Two Strand Twists Bob

Mahogany two strand twisted bob on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @ravishing_tresses

This mahogany color is truly a game changer. Or should we say mane changer? Playing around with temporary hair color can take your two strand twists up a notch without the commitment or potential damage.

28. Two Strand Twists in Jumbo Side-Swept Flat Twist

Black woman with natural hair wearing two strand twists in a side-swept flat twist
IG: @dr_kami

Want to switch your style up for something more exciting? Well, this look features actual twists and turns. Two strand twists are swept to the side and turned into one jumbo flat twist. It’s easy, elegant and unexpected.

29. Two Strand Twists in High Bun with Bangs

Two strand twists hairstyle in high bun with bangs on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @curldaze

When in doubt, red lipstick and a bun can’t be beaten.

30. Two Strand Twist Out on Blow Dried Hair

Black woman wearing a two strand twist out on her blow dried natural hair
IG: @shaniquebuntyn

As much as we love our two strand twists, we always look forward to seeing what we’ve got when we take them out.

After four days on blow-dried natural hair, her twists were unraveled, but unseparated and unfluffed, and the results are unbelievable.

Look, if you can wrap two sections of hair around each other, there’s literally no two strand twist style that’s off limits. So enjoy!

And as a bonus, there just might be a juicy twist out waiting for you afterward.