35 Trending Two Strand Twist Hairstyles for Women

Updated on March 1, 2024
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    35 Trending Two Strand Twist Hairstyles for Women

    Everyone’s about minimal effort and maximum results these days, especially when it comes to finding a skincare routine, beauty routine, or hairstyling routine. Well, when it comes to the latter, we certainly have you covered. Ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to announce two strand twists! And yes, we said gentlemen because there is such thing as two-strand twist men’s styles, too. This hairstyle is all about looking good with little effort, and if that sounds like something you’d be game for, keep reading!

    What Is A Two Strand Twist?

    If you are thinking what we know you are thinking, then you already know what a two strand twist is. So yes, it’s when two strands of hair are twisted together, easy peasy lemon squeezy. In more grown-up terms, it’s a method of styling where two sections of hair are twisted together to create a defined and textured look. This technique involves taking two equal-sized strands of hair and twisting them around each other until you reach the end. It might seem easy, and it is, but the results are actually really impressive – a gorgeous spiral pattern that adds dimension and character to your hair.

    We love the two-strand twists so much that we have compiled a little chart of only our favorite pros of the hairstyle cause who cares about the cons anyway!

    Pros of The Two Strand Twist More Info
    Low Maintenance Two-strand twists are relatively low maintenance, requiring less daily styling and manipulation than other hairstyles. This makes it a great option for women with busy lifestyles.
    Protective Styling The twists provide a protective barrier for your natural hair, helping to minimize damage from environmental factors and reducing the risk of breakage. This can promote hair health and growth.
    Versatility Two-strand twists are highly versatile and can be adapted to various lengths and thicknesses. They can also be styled in different ways, such as updos, buns, or left loose, providing versatility for different occasions.
    Retains Moisture The twisting process helps to lock in moisture in the hair, preventing it from becoming dry and brittle. This is especially beneficial for individuals with naturally curly or kinky hair textures.
    Heat-Free Styling Unlike some other hairstyles that may require heat-styling tools, two-strand twists are created without the need for heat, reducing the risk of heat damage to the hair.
    Length Retention By protecting the ends of the hair, two-strand twists can contribute to length retention, preventing split ends and breakage.
    Cultural and Stylish Two-strand twists are not only practical but also culturally significant in many communities. They are a stylish way to celebrate and showcase natural hair textures.

    How To Do A Two Strand Twist?

    The two strand twist is as simple as it comes in regards to hairstyles, but sometimes it can be useful to have a description of how it’s done so you can really get a grasp on it. So, here’s a short, but we hope, helpful guide on how to do a two strand twist.

    Materials needed:

    1. Hair brush
    2. Hair clips
    3. Preferred tool for tying off locs

    Step #1

    Start with clean, detangled hair. Ensure that your hair is free from any knots or tangles before you begin the twisting process. Before you begin the two strand twist, starting with clean and detangled hair is important. This will simplify the twisting process and ensure that your twists come out smooth and defined.

    Step #2

    Divide your hair into small sections. The size of your sections will depend on your desired outcome and the thickness of your hair. The size of your sections will depend on your desired outcome and the thickness of your hair. If you want smaller, more defined twists, divide your hair into smaller sections. Divide your hair into bigger sections if you prefer larger, looser twists. Use hair clips or hair ties to keep the sections separate and organized.

    Step #3

    Take two equal-sized strands of hair from one section and cross them over each other. This is the basic starting point for your two strand twist. Make sure the strands are evenly divided and that they are securely held in your hands.

    Step #4

    Begin by taking the strand on the right and crossing it over the strand on the left. Then, cross the new right strand over the new left strand. Continue this twisting motion, twisting tightly to ensure the twist holds its shape. The tighter you twist, the longer your twist will last and the more defined it will be.

    Step #5

    Continue twisting until you reach the ends of your hair. Now it’s time to secure the twists, and there are a few ways to do this, such as what’s described in the chart below.

    Ways To Secure Your Two Strand Twist Description
    Palm Rolling This method involves rolling the end of the loc between your palms to create a rounded, sealed tip. Use a little styling gel or loc cream to help smooth the hair and hold the shape. Regular palm rolling can help maintain a neat appearance.
    Coil or Twist the Ends You can coil or twist the loose ends of your locs to create a sealed tip. Apply a small amount of styling product to the end and then twist or coil the hair to create a neat and secure finish.
    Rubber Bands Some people use small, color-coordinated rubber bands to secure the ends of their locs. Be cautious with this method to avoid breakage, and choose bands that won’t snag or damage your hair.
    Wax or Loc Gel Applying a small amount of beeswax or a specialized loc gel to the tips of your locs can help hold them together and prevent fraying. However, be mindful not to use too much product, as it can lead to buildup.
    Thread Wrapping You can wrap the ends of your locs with thread to create a sealed and decorative look. Use a color that complements your hair or adds a stylish touch. Ensure not to wrap the thread too tightly to avoid putting excessive tension on the locs.

    Two Strand Twist Locs

    The two strand twist locs on their own are a great hairstyle, but since it is pretty simple, you might want a little more something something. This is where the two strand twist locs come in. We suggest having the twisted locs hanging in the back and then pulling the top section of the hair up into a knot on the crown of your head. This way, you get to show off your two-strand twists but also get the relief of having some hair up and out of your face.

    2 Strand Twist Dreads

    2 Strand Twist DreadsInstagram@tasalahqPIN

    This variation of two strand twists creates thicker and more uniform twists that resemble traditional dreadlocks. This hairstyle is definitely suited for those who have a full head of hair, as the more hair you can combine into each twist, the thicker and more dread-like your hair will appear.

    Two Strand Twist Short Hair

    Two Strand Twist Short HairInstagram@jstylingzPIN

    Short hair, don’t care! Two strand twists are not exclusive to those with long locks. In fact, they can look equally as great on short hair. The key to achieving a great two strand twist on short hair lies in the size of your sections. Opt for slightly larger sections to create a fuller look, and twist them tightly to enhance the texture and definition.

    Zohna Tip

    If you plan on going for a protective hairstyle, make sure you use products with nourishing ingredients and a small amount of alcohol.

    Two Strand Twist With Extensions

    Let’s say you are rocking short hair right now, but the thought of longer hair is constantly tickling your brain. The wait for your hair to grow up will be too long, so we present another solution, extensions! And extensions are great because you can combine them into your hair via the two strand twist method. Well, you should attach them properly, but you can still combine them visually to your natural hair through the two strand twist method.

    There are a few different methods of attaching extensions to your head, such as:

    1. Clip-In Extensions
    2. Sewing or Weaving
    3. Tape-In Extensions
    4. Fusion or Bonded Extensions
    5. Glue-In Extensions
    6. Braiding with Sewn-In Wefts

    Two Strand Twist Braids

    Two Strand Twist BraidsInstagram@foxxlocsPIN

    Two strand twist braids combine the elegance of braids with the texture of two strand twists. This style involves creating two strand twists and then braiding them for added dimension and visual interest. The combination of twists and braids creates a stunning and unique hairstyle that is sure to turn heads. Two strand twist braids can be worn in various sizes and patterns, allowing you to express your individuality and showcase your style.

    Zohna Tip

    Once you remove your protective hairstyle, it's super important that you do some kind of moisturizing treatment to your strands, as they can get super dry and brittle in this type of style.

    Two Strand Twist Out

    A two strand twist out is a popular hairstyle choice for those who want to embrace their natural hair texture. This style involves twisting the hair when wet and leaving the twists in until the hair is completely dry. Once dry, you can unravel the twists to reveal beautifully defined curls or waves. A two strand twist out is a great way to enhance your hair’s natural texture and add volume and bounce to your locks. If you are really starting to like the sound of these twists, there are a few other similar styles you might be interested in such as passion twists, spring twists, and other twist hairstyles!

    Two Strand Twist With Weave

    Two strand twists with weave is a great option for those who want to add some volume to their hair without the commitment of extensions. This style involves creating two strand twists and adding a weave or hair extensions to enhance the length and thickness.

    Small Two Strand Twist

    If you have thin hair or want an intricate and detailed hairstyle, the small two strand twist is right for you. This style involves twisting smaller sections tightly to achieve a more defined and textured look. Small two strand twists can be worn in various patterns and sizes, allowing you to create a unique and personalized hairstyle. This style might take a bit longer to do, but the result will be worth it, trust us.

    Long Two Strand Twist

    Long hair provides endless possibilities when it comes to styling, and two strand twists are, in our opinion, one of the best ways to style it! Long two strand twists can be worn loose for a casual and carefree look or gathered into an elegant updo the choice is yours. The length of your twists gives you more room to play around and be creative with different hairstyles.

    Big Two Strand Twist

    Go big or go home! Big two strand twists are one of the bolder and eye-catching two strand twist styles. Really all it takes is creating larger sections and twisting them loosely to achieve a fuller and more voluminous look. Big two strand twists are perfect for those with thicker hair because the strands are thicker in nature.

    2 Strand Rope Twist

    Something super cool about the two rope twist is the fact that they resemble rope. Going for small to medium-sized sections of hair is the perfect amount for creating these rope-like twists. The girl in the image has super glossy hair, and if you are also striving for that, we have a few different tips and tricks up our sleeves for you to achieve that too, such as:

    • Regular Conditioning
    • Cold Water Rinse
    • Natural Oils
    • Avoid Overwashing
    • Use a Shine-Enhancing Shampoo
    • Avoid Harsh Chemicals
    • Nutritious Diet

    Two Strand Twist Updo

    Take your new two strand twists to infinity and beyond! Just kidding, but do take them to the crown of your head. A two strand twist updo is a great way to style your two strand twists if you are looking for a low-maintenance hairstyle that keeps everything up and away from the face.

    Medium Two Strand Twist

    If you are in between hair thickness, it’s not thin, but it’s not thick, then these medium two strand twists are for you. Since your hair isn’t thick, we don’t suggest trying to make large twists, and since it isn’t thin, we don’t recommend little ones – so in comes the medium two-strand twists.

    Two Strand Twist On Natural Hair

    Just like two strands are capable of hair extensions, they are capable of natural hair. That said, if you are bored of your current hairstyle or are in search of a good protective hairstyle, then this will be for you! It’s an easy way to elevate your natural strands.

    Flat Two Strand Twist

    If you had the urge to try out the two strand twists but prefer when your hair is tight against the scalp, you don’t need to scratch the whole idea of the twists. You can actually twist them onto the scalp as tightly against it as you want. This is a great way to ensure your hair is always looking good!

    Jumbo Two Strand Twist

    If you’re a fan of big and bold hairstyles, jumbo two strand twists are here for you. This style involves creating larger sections and twisting them loosely to achieve a voluminous, statement-making look. These twists are great for those with thicker hair, as the more hair you have, the bigger you can make them.

    Skinny Two Strand Twist

    If you want the look of a fuller head of hair, you could try going for a bunch of skinny two strand twists. A bunch of those twists on the head will create a large voluminous head of hair. Plus, skinny two strand twists are perfect for those who want to add interest and detail to their hairstyle.

    Two Strand Twist Ponytail

    We all love a good ponytail here and there, and having two strand twists doesn’t mean you can’t rock a ponytail when you feel the urge. We recommend for the best results that you use one or two of your twists and twist them around the hair tie of the ponytail to conceal it. This will give a chic and classy look to your ponytail.

    Mini Two Strand Twists

    Mini Two Strand TwistsInstagram@jorslocsPIN

    The less hair you use, the smaller they will get; it’s simple math! That said, if you like the look of mini two strand twists, do we ever have the hairstyle for you, I think it might be calling your name! We love how intricate these mini-twists are; they’re incredibly adorable!

    Thick Two Strand Twists

    If you want your hair to look thick and voluminous, this hairstyle is the one for you. The thick two strand twists instantly make your hair appear fuller and thicker, not to mention super unique and stylish. This hairstyle works on long, short, and medium hair, it doesn’t discriminate.

    High Top Two Strand Twist

    High Top Two Strand TwistInstagram@opaglamzPIN

    This trendy twist is all about height and drama. Pull your hair up in whatever way you please to show off your fun and adventurous side. If you want, you can even use a claw clip or other forms of clips to help add a little something extra to your strands.

    Crochet Two Strand Twist

    Crochet lovers, this one’s for you! The crochet two strand twist combines the convenience of crochet braids with the effortless elegance of two strand twists. Say goodbye to long hours spent individually twisting each section of hair. With crochet two strand twists, all you need are the pre-twisted extensions and a crochet needle. Simply hook the extensions onto your cornrow base, and voila – you have beautiful, evenly-sized twists in no time!

    Zohna Tip

    When you are choosing to sport a protective hairstyle, it's important that you don't wear them for super long periods of time as it can cause damage to your hair and scalp.

    Two Strand Barrel Twist

    For those who like to think outside the box, the two strand barrel twist is here to spice things up. As the name suggests, these twists give your hair the appearance of sleek barrels. It’s kind of cheating because, technically, it’s a few two strand twists twisted together to make a barrel twist but we’ll let it slide this one time.

    Knotless Two Strand Twist

    One of the newest trends in the two-strand twist game is the knotless variation. Unlike traditional twists, which start with a knot at the root, knotless twists offer a more seamless and natural look. With this technique, each strand is intertwined without the use of a visible knot, resulting in a smoother, more polished finish.

    Curly Two Strand Twist

    If you’re blessed with natural curls, why not enhance them with a curly two-strand twist? This style is perfect for those who want to embrace their curl pattern while enjoying the benefits of a protective hairstyle. By twisting your hair in small, defined sections, you’ll create beautiful, bouncy curls.

    Two Strand Twist No Middle Part

    Say goodbye to the traditional middle part and hello to a whole new hairstyle. By ditching the middle part and opting for a side or off-center part, you can instantly transform your two-strand twists into a chic and fashion-forward hairstyle. This is a great hairstyle if you don’t like the attention that a part brings to the forehead.

    Middle Part Two Strand Twist