How to Start Two-Strand Twist Locs

How to Start Two-Strand Twist Locs

The Two-Strand Twist method is a popular locking method that can be used on all hair types. For this reason, this method comes highly recommended and offers many benefits.

One benefit is that the technique is easy to maintain and takes no time to lock. Some professionals will recommend this technique over others, just for that particular reason.

Another reason is that the twist can be used on any length of hair. As long as you have 4” of hair, you can use this technique. There are many benefits to starting your locking process with this technique, but where will be the pros without the cons. 

So, before you decide to choose this locking technique, understand the following:

  • Two-strand twists can take between 6 months to 2 years to fully lock.
    • Locking times depend on 3 factors: hair texture, density, and maintenance. 
    • Lines created due to twisting the hair will begin to fade as hair begins to mature. This process usually takes 6 months to 2 years. 
  • Two-strand twists swell up and get thicker during the first 2 stages of maturity.
  • At the beginning of this process, twists may unravel. Therefore, properly managing your twist, during this stage, is important.

What is a Two Strand Twist?

A two-strand twist is one of the most common and highly recommended methods to start your dreadlock journey. The first step is to put your hair in a two-strand twist, but make sure that you are OK with the size and parting of the twist. The best part about starting your dreadlocks this way is it gives you more room to be flexible and to change your mind. This means that you can change the way the hair is parted, decide the location of the locs, change the size, or just simply take out the twists. If you choose to stay with the two-strand twist, the line from the twist should disappear within a year. 

Pros and cons of doing a Two Strand Twists


  • Resembles a mini twist while you wait for the locs to mature
  • Easy to start, and you can even do it at home
  • The locks will turn out thicker
  • This is an excellent style for long hair


  • It could take longer for the twist patterns to disappear and could take anywhere from six months to two years.
  • The twist can unravel, but an excellent strategy to this is to create a knot and tie them together to prevent it from breaking apart. 

What you will need:

  1. Comb
  2. Residue-Free shampoo
  3. Dread Wax or Dread Cream
  4. Elastic bands (natural or rubber)
  5. Hair clips (small) depending on hair length
  6. Hairdryer 

Step-by-Step Guide for Interlocking/Sisterlocks Dreadlocks:

    1. Wash hair with a clarifying or residue-free shampoo. (Dry)
  • Part hair into sections starting from the scalp.
  • Secure the sections with elastic or natural bands of your choice.
  • Once hair has been sectioned, remove the bands per section. 
  • These steps are for convenience and ease of completing the process. You do not have to pre-section, however, if you are doing them alone, pre-sectioning will be a great help. 
      1. Starting with any section, divide the section into little sections.
      2. Once complete, separate the smaller sections into two and twist, twisting from left to right. 

      Repeat these steps until you have completed your entire head. These twists will eventually mature into solid locs you can be proud of!

      How Long Does It Take to Lock

      This answer is going to vary from one person to another. This is mainly because it depends on your hair density, hair care regimen, and hair texture. Tightly coiled hair texture will lock up quicker than a soft and loose texture. Keep in mind that using the wrong product for either texture could lead to months and up to years before the hair locks.

      What To Do With Frizz?

      frizzy hair on a smiling woman

      When it comes to locs, there’s always going to be frizz. This is not something you can control, especially if you have soft hair. Fortunately, using aloe vera gel is a natural way to manage the situation. However, if you experience some itchiness, you can try a high-quality dreadlock oil to provide moisture and to alleviate the frizziness.

      How To Take Care of Locs

      man with short dreadlocks

      Here are some fantastic tips on taking care of your locs, especially if this is the beginning of your two-strand twist journey. The most common misconception that people often make is to avoid putting water on your locs for the first two weeks; however, depending on which method you use, it’s best to use water as soon as possible. 

      Mixing saltwater with regular water does wonder for the two-strand twist method to make the hair lock up quicker. If you are worried about your locs drying out or breaking, then you can moisturize it with quality oil products or use conditioner products. Oil products do a great job of trapping moisture and providing it to your locs. 

      After a month or two, it’s time to retwist the locks, and you would have to decide between palm rolling or interlocking.

      Palm rolling versus interlocking

      Palm rolling

      Palm rolling is a method to retwist your locks while you use the proper moisturizer. The central aspect of this is to roll the hair in the same direction. Avoid rubbing your palms like you would do you in front of a campfire, instead rub them in one direction.

      The advantage of palm rolling is that it’s fast and easy to do. However, the issue with this method is that it could result in some bald spots from over manipulation, and it tends to unravel our twist.


      Interlocking is basically like sewing your locs together. With this method, you will need a lightweight moisturizer and crochet hook to get the process going. When it comes to interlocking your dreads, you’ll need to follow a pattern and never sew the same hole twice.

      The advantage of this is that the locks last longer, and it works with all types of hair texture. The problem with this method is it’s more suitable for smaller or thinner locks, and if done incorrectly, can cause loc damage and form a hole.


      We hope that our article gave you some insights on how to do a two-strand twist on your locs. If you want the best results, always consider quality products. 

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