What is a 3-strand twist? How is it created? What is the difference between this and a 2-strand twist? In this article, I will be answering all these questions and discussing with you all you need to know about creating a 3-strand twist.
What is a 3-strand Twist?
A 3-strand twist is a natural hair technique that involves wrapping three strands of your hair around one another to create a spiral curly look instead of a braid. A 3 strand twist can also be used to loc your hair and create 3 strand twist dreads if you want. On the surface, the result of the 3-strand twist resembles that of a 2-strand twist but there are noticeable differences.
Differences Between 3-strand Twists and 2-strand Twists
Frizz happens when your hair loses its natural curl definition and stands up independently, causing your hair to appear disheveled. You know the I-just-got-right-out-of-bed frizzy hair? Yes, that one. With 2-strand twists, you get some frizz in your hair but with 3-strand twists, you get less to no frizz.
With 3-strand twists, your curls are more defined and noticeable as opposed to doing 2-strand twists.
3-strand twists take more time to create while 2-strand twists take less time.
What are the Benefits of Doing a 3 strand Twist?
1. Tighter curls
Due to the firm hold that is applied to the base of 3-strand twists, the curls come out tighter and more defined.
3-strand twists can be worn for a long time (1 week to 2 weeks).
How to 3 strand Twist Your Natural Hair
This video by MsCatrin will show the right way to do a 3-strand twist on your natural hair:
What you need:
- Clean well-moisturized hair
- Hair gel
Step 1: Section your hair
- Section your hair and then divide that section into three equal strands. Mentally label them as hair strand 1, hair strand 2, and hair strand 3.
Step 2: Twist
- Take hair strand 3 and cross it over hair strands 2 and 1. Next, cross hair strand 2 over 3 and 1. Finally, cross hair strand 1 over 2 and 3.
- Repeat until you get close to the ends of your hair.
Step 3: Secure the ends of your hair
- As you get closer to the ends of your hair, you will discover that the hair starts to become thinner. So, divide your hair into two and continue with a regular two strand twist.
- Add a bit of gel to the ends and twirl to keep your twists from unravelling.
Repeat for all the other sections of your hair until you are done!