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

Written by Jessica Simien. Posted in Style & Beauty

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Published on March 27, 2013 with 6 Comments

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. 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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About Jessica Simien

Jessica Simien, 26, is the owner of and a public relations and media expert. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree from Jackson State University and a Master of Public Relations degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. To contact her, follow her on Twitter @jessicasimien or email her at

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  1. 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.

    • Thank you so much :)

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

    • 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.

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

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

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