Step 4: Split this segment into two even smaller pieces and begin twisting, wrapping one around the other clockwise. Continue twisting down the length of the hair until you reach the end.
Step 5: Twirl the ends around your finger — in the motion you would use to create a finger coil — until your twist is secure. Repeat this process across your entire head, section by section.
How long do mini twists last?
Mini twists can last up to four weeks. Afterward, the twists can begin to mat and tangle, turning into locs of sorts, explains Jamila Powell, a Florida-based hairstylist and founder of hair-care brand, Naturally Drenched. If you’re planning on keeping your mini twists for a while, great news: You can wash them. Powell recommends adding two to three tablespoons of shampoo to an empty nozzle bottle and diluting with water. “Apply the mixture to the twists and scalp, gently massaging your scalp with your fingertips before rinsing thoroughly with water,” she says. Repeat the same steps for conditioner, then dry your hair with a microfiber towel, which absorbs more water and is gentler on the hair. You can also use a blow dryer for speedy drying.
No matter how long you plan to keep your mini twists, it’s important to moisturize your hair and scalp throughout that period. Powell suggests spritzing on a hair mist (we like the Pattern Hydrating Hair Mist for this) two to three times a week and using a hair oil to seal in the moisture.
Do mini twists help grow out your hair?
Stylists agree that, as with many protective styles, mini twists can help you grow out your hair and retain its length. “This is because your hair is not exposed to daily manipulation,” Powell explains.
Board-certified dermatologist and licensed cosmetologist Yolanda Lenzy, MD, clarifies that hairstyles alone are not a means through which to grow your hair (there’s nothing about putting your hair in twists that will speed up your natural growth rate, but keeping it in a protective style can help prevent excess breakage) but the pro does agree that “mini twists, without added extensions, can be a good low tension style, for people looking to facilitate healthy hair.”
Mini twist inspiration
With mini twists, you can opt for a middle part or a side part, wear them in an ultra-cropped pixie or a flowy bob, add accessories, or keep it simple. There are endless possibilities for styling mini twists, but here are a few of our favorites.