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Pros and Cons of Washing Natural Hair in Twists

Pros and Cons of Washing Natural Hair in Twists

Whenever I speak about my regimen I always state that I wash my hair in twists and I have found that some naturals are against this idea because they assume that this method of cleansing prohibits the hair from being washed and conditioned properly. I beg to differ, so I have written down my own list of pros and cons (from my experience) of washing hair in twists.


  1. Accessible Scalp– Sectioning your hair in at least ten jumbo twists will allow direct access to the scalp that requires cleansing.
  2. Tangles & Single Strand Knots– Since the year I started washing my hair in twists, I have noticed a reduction in the amount of SSK’s and tangles in my hair. The simple fact that the hair is clumped together in a twist prevents any chances of loose hair wrapping around itself or other hairs.
  3. Volume of hair– I never knew I could grow my hair as long as it is now, let alone have this much volume come naturally so it got to a point where my hands became too small to deal with four large sections. Twists help me in dealing with having so many strands of hair on my head.
  4. Easy Styling– When I am done shampooing and conditioning, the parts I created from the twists make it easier for me to either braid, retwist, band or thread my hair. No need to spend more time sectioning or finger parting again.
  5. Shrinkage– Your hair would not shrink as much as it would if you wash your hair in twists. As you would see in the picture below after loosening my twists. Which natural wouldn’t want that?




  1. Residue– Conditioner residue may hide in between twists depending on how big they are. So extra effort needs to be taken to make sure all or most of the conditioner is rinsed out from the roots of the twists.
  2. New Products You may not be able to see how your hair reacts to new products as it is all clumped together in twists.
  3. Unravelling Twists The weight of water may unravel your twists during washing if they are too big or not twisted properly.

I am fully aware every natural has what works for them and that’s the beauty of our hair so instead of putting down other methods, try them first and see how they work for you. 

Do you have any thoughts or comments? Feel free to leave them below.

Stay Blessed!


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Chinwe Juliet

Hi! My name is Chinwe Juliet and on here I share with all honesty all the information about my natural hair. Natural hair is beautiful so all my tips and tricks will be listed to help you achieve the look you desire. I also hope to inspire everyone of you not only with your natural hair but your inner beauty as well. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you for being here. Stay blessed and love always.


  1. hrh7

    I’m a natural but my hair is too large for big twists. But I think I’ll try this soon anyway.
    Here’s hoping it doesn’t unravel!

    • igbocurls

      Haha! Just make sure the twists are not too big and hopefully you’ll like it. Fingers crossed*

  2. justvou

    My hair has got probably the same amount of volume, maybe a lil less. I can totally relate to the pros and cons as well. I’m so into the pros that I don’t even consider the cons. Lol I can’t remember the last time I washed my hair without having it in twists. It’s often a nightmare if I don’t twist before washing.

  3. kelleemudiva

    I love this method as well, it makes wash day so much easier.

  4. Akinyi

    I find washing my hair in twists heavenly. Other than the twists preventing me to wash my hair properly they actually allow me to wash more thoroughly, and as you mentioned the easy access to the scalp is unreal.

  5. An Afrikan Butterfly

    Hey, do you wash in the same twists from beginning to end of your session, or do you apply shampoo, twist, rinse, untwist, apply conditioner, and then retwist?

    • igbocurls

      Thats a good question. I prefer to detangle before washing so once I am done and I put my hair in twists, I don’t take the twists down until I want to style. The trick is to twist securely in medium sections in order to prevent water from unravelling them. I usually have about ten or twelve twists around my head and its been working for me for two and a half years now.

  6. Laddidi

    Would definitely try this!…saves me all the trouble

  7. Monique

    Please do you also deep condition your hair in twists as well?

    • Chinwe Juliet

      Yes I do. I shampoo and deep condition in twists.


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