Style & Beauty

Natural Hair How-To :: Twist-Out With Perm Rods

March 27, 2013
natural hair twist out with perm rods

natural hair twist out with perm rods

One of the things I love most about having natural hair is its versatility. We can go from curly, wavy, kinky hair to straight, shiny locks in an instant and we have a billion different hairstyles we can experiment with.

Last night I decided to break my usual weekend hair routine and wash my hair. Normally, I don’t style it while it’s wet (because I hate the shrinkage) but I wanted a look that would last at least the rest of the week so I did the tried and true twist out, but I added perm rods to the ends.

Here’s what you need to do to achieve this curly twist-out look:

Before washing, detangle your hair and put it into 6-7 sections.

Wash and condition your hair while in sections to make it easier and to detangle even more. I used Cantu’s Moisturizing Cream Shampoo, Cantu’s Rinse-Out Conditioner and Cantu’s Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.

Keeping the hair in sections, squeeze any excess water from your hair and comb through each section. Add your favorite oil and twist-out/moisturizing cream. I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


Begin twisting and roll the ends of each twist with perm rods. I used a small size only because those are the only ones I have. I’m sure any size will work.

Let your twists dry overnight by placing a satin bonnet or scarf over them.

In the morning my hair was still a little damp, especially on the ends since I used such thick sections, but by the time I left for work they were dry.Β The final look is really curly and the best part about it is that you don’t need to use heat!

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  • Reply Lungile June 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Wow, to your hair and your beauty. It looks amazing, I also have natural hair I have been battling to style my hair and for some time I have even thought of just giving it up. But I’m glad I came across this and I can’t wait to try it out.

    • Reply Jessica Simien June 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Thank you so much :)

  • Reply nat August 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Very cute! How long did it last? What was your night time and morning routine to maintain the look for days 2, 3, etc.?

    • Reply Jessica Simien August 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Thanks! It lasted all week actually. As days passed, the curls just got bigger LOL. I just simply slept with a satin bonnet and fluffed them in the morning.

  • Reply Stephanie November 14, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Hi , your twist out with perm rods are so beautiful!!
    Where did you purchase your perms rods?

    • Reply Jessica Simien November 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Thank you! I purchased them at a local beauty supply store.

  • Reply Sharon June 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Good evening Jessica ~ I’ve been natural since 2005 and I luv it! No more fear of the shower, humidity, dew, mist, or rain!! I’ve always had Press N Curl so I’ve always had to keep an umbrella or scarf somewhere in my possession. As you mentioned… absolute versatility indeed! Unfortunately, I’ve gotten somewhat lazy and have resorted to wearing Kinky Twists so I can just get up and go. Now I would like to venture into some curly twist outs and color. Can you please tell me if you have highlights and if so, what is the color? Thank you, and by the way your hair is absolutely beautiful in all of your photos!!

    • Reply Jessica Simien July 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Sharon :)
      In this photo my hair was bleached. I just used the products to bleach my hair from Sally’s and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and got the color from the photos!

      • Reply Sharon July 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

        Ohhhh okaaay bleached, shows you how much I know…Tee-hee. Oh, and you are most welcome. I actually haven’t been to my stylist since last year, but at least now I know what to mention to her before my appointment on the 16th (I’m such a novice at this) :-( and I am so grateful for your site. Thank you for the inspiration and wealth of information!
        Glorious Blessings Always,

  • Reply Dorina Reid May 7, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Jessica your hair looks beautiful! I will try this method on my hair soon.

    • Reply Jessica Simien May 7, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Thank you so much! Good luck :) Tag me in your pic if you upload on Twitter or Instagram.

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