Natural Hair: Twist-out vs. Braid-out

Hey Curlies,

There are many different options as far as styling and stretching natural hair. Braid-outs and twist-outs are by far some of the most popular styles.

I ask people this question and I also get asked this question a lot:
"What do you like better, a braid-outs or twist-outs"?

They both show some length,but the style as far a definition is definitely different.

Braid-out
Done on wet hair
Done on fully dried hair

  • Seems to show more of your length if done on fully dried hair
  • Gives more of a wave pattern
  • Have best results when braids are left in for a few days
The photos above are only one month apart. See the difference on the fully dried hair?

Twist-out

These are definitely my signature style.
Day 1 Hair
Day 4 Hair
Day 2 Hair
  • Gives more of a curl pattern
  • Best results are when the twists are worn for a few days
  • Length depends on if twists are done on wet or dry hair
  • Twists and twist-outs seems to shrink as the days go on
Overall, if you are looking for more length, I would say that a braid-out would be best because as time goes on, the braid doesn't shrink as much as twists do.

This is probably just me, but I found that my braid-outs do not hold definition as long as a twist-out. I think this is because when un-braiding, the three strands cause more frizz than just un-twisting two strands on twists.

Here are tutorials on both:

Which do you like better and why? Share you ideas!