Learn how to draw twists step by step easy tutorial for beginners

How to Draw Twists Step by Step (Easy Beginner Tutorial)

In an earlier post, I discussed how to draw afro hair. I’ve also done a post on drawing dreadlocks here.

You can also check out my other hair tutorials over here.

In general, hair is a little tricky to draw.

But when you consider black hairstyles, they can be even more complicated because there aren’t many tutorials online covering them.

And that’s why I will teach you how to draw twists in this post.

They can seem challenging to draw, but if you do it step by step and draw a rough guide first, it actually is one of the easiest hairstyles to draw.

In this post, we’ll learn how to draw twists in 2 hairstyles:

This post will teach you how to draw twists step by step easy tutorial for beginners.

The first one is easy; once we’ve gotten the hang of drawing twists, we’ll attempt to draw the second one!

Let’s begin!

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I’m currently using:

And I’m using the Procreate software (which costs $10 one-time-fee)

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You can draw this using sketching pencils or a fine marker or draw it digitally like me.

Step 1: How to draw a twist – Simple Tutorial

Before I teach you how to draw twists on a head, let’s learn how to draw a single twist.

The best way to draw a twist is to start with the basic shape – a long cylindrical shape. Determine how long you want your twist to be, and accordingly draw a long sausage shape like this:

Draw a long sausage cylindrical shape.

Next, using this as a rough guide for the base, slowly draw lines moving downward like this – each section becomes a twist.

Divide the shape into small sections

Next, complete each twist by closing off the sections one by one.

Complete each twist by closing the sections

Remember, when drawing the ends, you want to end it in a small inverted croissant.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind when drawing twists:

  • Vary the thickness of each twist to make it look more realistic
  • Use the cylindrical shape as a guide so you know where you’re going as you’re drawing each section
  • Make sure the tips are very small and come to a close (this is because hair thickness decreases as you get to the tips)

And voila!

You’ve understood the basis of drawing twists and learned how to draw a twist.

Now, let’s put this into action and draw a whole head of twists. We’ll start with a simple hairstyle first.

Step 2: How to draw twists (A simple hairstyle)

Never start drawing hair before you’ve drawn the head.

This will help you visualize how you want to draw the hair. I won’t go into detail about drawing cartoon heads, but you can pick up this book if interested.

I’m just going to draw a very basic cartoon head.

Draw a simple cartoon head.

I’ll color the head quickly. You can check out this post if you want to learn how I color my digital art. It includes a video too!

Complete coloring the head

Now, we’ll start with the basic shape of the hairstyle we want to draw. You can use Google Images for inspiration or even Pinterest. Just type “twist hairstyles,” and you can choose any hairstyle you want from there.

Once you have a hairstyle in mind, just sketch out the basic shape, so you know what exactly you want to draw.

If you’re using traditional tools, make sure you draw the sketch very lightly because we will be erasing it later.

Draw a simple hairstyle shape

Next, I will draw a rough guide of the twists one by one. Remember how I drew the cylindrical shape before I started drawing the twists?

That’s what I am doing now!

Divide the entire hair into sections

Once I’m done and happy with how the drawing looks, I will hide my sketch layer and start working on the twists.

Draw twists

Take your time drawing each twist. Don’t be in a hurry – this is a very soothing process. Remember to draw the tips in a small triangular section to make it look more realistic.

Next, I’ll color the twists chocolate brown.

Color the twists

And now, I’ll just add some shadows and highlights. If you don’t know how to do this, just watch my coloring tutorial here.

Add shadows and highlights

And we’re done!

We learned how to draw twists in a simple hairstyle.

But if that was too fast for you, I’ll break it down further. Let’s move on to a more complicated hairstyle.

Step 3: How to draw twists (Half bun, half down hairstyle)

Now that we’ve gotten the hang of drawing twists let’s attempt something more challenging.

We’ll start with a rough template of the hairstyle first. So, I’m going to use Google to find a hairstyle I like and I think I’ll go for something like this now.

Draw the basic shape of the hairstyle

Breaking down hair into shapes before actually drawing the hair is the easiest way to draw hair. Always draw a rough guide of the hairstyle shape before drawing your hair – you will find it so easy to draw any kind of hair!

I’ll ensure I draw more steps this time so you can see each step clearly and have zero doubts. So, I’m going to draw twists and focus on drawing the twists only on the side of the head first.

Notice how the twists move back; they rise further up on the head. And it follows the same approach even below.

Draw the twists on either side of the head

Next, I’ll draw the twists on top of the head and slowly draw the twists going towards the big bun on the top.

Draw more twists on top of the head

Next, I’ll draw the bun. Move the twists in the opposite direction so that people can see the distinction between the twists on top of the head and the twists in the bun.

Note the arrows.

Start drawing the twists in the curly hair bun

I like dividing the bun into multiple sections because this adds more depth to my drawings. I’ll now draw one more section in the opposite direction.

Divide the bun into sections

And I’ll repeat this when drawing the final section of the bun.

Draw more twists in the hair bun

Now that we’re done with the rough sketch, we can start drawing the twists. So, I’ll first start with twists on either side of the head.

Outline your twists

Next, I’ll draw the twists in the bun.

Complete drawing the hair bun

And finally, I’ll just add some fat twists behind her head.

Draw twists on the back of the head

I’m really happy with how this looks. So, I’ll color the whole drawing and add shadows and highlights.

Color the hair and add shadows and highlights


You’ve learned how to draw twists in a slightly more challenging hairstyle and even how to draw a bun with twists!

Remember, you can draw any hairstyle you want with twists as long as you draw the hairstyle shape first and then break it into simple cylindrical sections.

Conclusion + Resources

I hope this in-depth tutorial was helpful to you and you were able to learn how to draw twists.

I know drawing hair can be a little tricky.

But drawing hair does get much easier with practice. Trust me. Also, drawing with references helps! You can look at stock photos to understand how hair works and practice daily drawing hair.

One of the best parts about drawing in cartoon style is that you don’t need to complicate things by adding too much texture. You must get the shape right and draw a few lines toward hair growth.

I have a post that you can read on how to find your art style.

You can make things easier by picking up this Character Drawing Toolkit.

If you want to see more tutorials on hair and people, just leave a comment down below. You can check out my other posts on drawing hair over here.

I will add more hair drawing tutorials to this blog, so keep a lookout!