Everything you need to Know about a Nubian Twist + Guide

A Nubian twist has been around for a very long time, yet it still maintains being stylish and stunning all together. We love this particular look because of how brilliant it looks when done correctly. If you’re unsure of how to get this look, then read on to find out everything you need to know.

Is this hairstyle for you?

This snazzy hairstyle is for anyone who wants a new do while looking chic and trendy. It’s perfect for any occasion and works on long and short hair. However, looks may vary depending on the length of your hair.

A great option is to add on some extensions if you have shorter hair and want to acquire a longer length. It’s safe to say that the Nubian twist looks good on everyone!

Best hair type for this hairstyle

Different hair types will have different results when doing this hairstyle. If you have softer hair it might be a little difficult to get the exact outcome of a Nubian twist.

With that being said, the best hair types for this hairstyle is definitely African hair. This is particularly because the hair sits a lot better and holds together a lot better. The final result is beautiful twists that look fresh and chic.

How to get this look

Now that you have a little more information on the Nubian twist, it’s time to get into the actual guide. Like any other hairstyle, it’s always important to practice before getting a perfect result.

These steps might take you a bit time, but take your time and do it at your own pace.

Get the right hair

First things first- you will need to purchase Nubian twist hair. This is readily available at hair stores; if you’re not sure what you’re looking for here is a picture.

Prep the hair

Before starting out with this hairstyle, wash your hair and allow it to air dry. Once the hair is dry, gently brush our any tangles and knots. Next, apply a nourishing hair moisturizer so that the hair is nice and soft.

Loosen the Nubian hair

Get a hold of the Nubian hair and slowly start spreading it apart so that it loosens.

*If you want a shorter hairstyle then grab a scissors and cut the Nubian hair to your desired hair length.

Part the hair

It’s always a good idea to work with a comb so that you can evenly part your hair. Separate the front part of the hair and get it slightly damp with a leave a leave in conditioner and water.

Part the Nubian hair

Take the Nubian hair and evenly separate it into two parts so that it is the same length.

Apply to natural hair

Apply the Nubian hair to the roots of the natural hair by doing a standard three strand braid. The standard braid should only be done on the first inch of the hair. Thereafter, separate the three strand braid into a two strand braid and twist the hair until the tips.

Tighten the Nubian twist

Another important thing to make sure of is that your twist is tight. If you do not tighten it well enough it can easily come out and completely loosen.

*Don’t over tighten the twist- this could damage the hair.

Apply gel

This step is essential especially if you have extremely frizzy hair. Start applying gel if you notice your hair frizzing towards the mid-section of the braid. This will keep all the hair in place and keep it nice and neat.

*Use a hair gel that isn’t harsh on the hair.


Repeat these steps on each separated section of the hair until the entire head of hair if full of Nubian twists.

*This can take a bit longer if you have longer hair.

Options when styling Nubian Twist

Styling this hairstyle is extremely simple- you can choose to have it in a bun, tied up, or even leave it loose. Try adding a bow to your hair for an extra classy look that will work well for formal occasions.

Lastly, the best thing about the Nubian twist is that it doesn’t have to be perfectly neat. You can wear your hair with this style in any particular manner. It’s often described as a very comfortable, everyday look. However, it still maintains its trendiness and looks good.