AJ Tracey: Two-Strand Twists

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One of the most stylish men in music, AJ Tracey’s two-strand twists are a cool AF protective hairstyle for Afro hair that he also sometimes wears as twist outs, too.


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Why We Love It:

AJ Tracey’s chin length, two-strand twists is just one of many cool hairstyles he’s rocked since hitting the limelight.

The superstar British rapper, singer, songwriter and producer has pulled off a succession of great hairstyles, from high top fades to loose braids and cornrows.

And he often goes to West London salon @brinashairlounge.

As for the debate about whether twists are better for hair than braids? The jury is out because it all depends on what you want and what your hair is like. For very kinky/coily hair, twists might be a better option – they take a couple of hours less to do but only last up to six weeks which is not as long as box braids or other braided styles.

However, both braids and twists are a great way to protect Afro hair and promote healthy growth.




What To Ask Your Barber:

  • If you’re keen to replicate AJ Tracey’s  two-strand twist Afro hairstyle go to a stylist who regularly works with and understands Afro hair.
  • Ideally you’d need a few inches of hair to twist.
  • You can experiment with all kinds of different sectioning – triangles, diamonds, squared or oval. (AJ’s is squared).
  • You can expect your style to last around 4-6 weeks.
  • If you don’t want to pay to go the salon to have this done, there are loads of YouTube tutorials you can watch.
  • Then try and rope in a friend/partner to help you out. Be warned, though, it’ll take around six hours.

Get The Look

  • If you’re keen to replicate AJ Tracey’s two-strand twist Afro hairstyle there are watch-outs.
  • You have to keep it neat, so it’s advisable to wear a durag or a hair tie at night.
  • Only shampoo and condition your hair every 2 weeks.
  • Get a spray bottle, dilute around three tablespoons of natural shampoo with an equal amount of water, shake well and spray onto your scalp, then using your fingertrips, very gently massage it into your scalp and the top of your twists.
  • Then rinse the shampoo throughout the rest of the twists – make sure you get all the shampoo out.
  • Then use a natural conditioner all over your hair – massage gently into your scalp and cover from roots to ends of the twists, leave for a few minutes then rinse thoroughly.
  • Scalp care is also essential – apply oil directly to it and gently massage it in. Use natural products such as coconut, almond and avocado oils.
  • If you want to do undo your twists yourself, make sure you do it carefully, without pulling and tugging your hair.
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