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There are so many things that we love about protective styles—shielding your natural hair from the elements, experimenting with different styles, and minimizing your styling time are a few. If protective styling has become your go-to, then you’re likely familiar with the Senegalese twist look. This style keeps your strands tucked away while making a chic statement. Ahead, we’re sharing everything you need to know about this twisted masterpiece, plus the 10 best Senegalese twist styles to try.
Senegalese twists (a.k.a rope twists) are a detailed hairstyle that involves wrapping your hair around itself in a two-strand twist technique with Senegalese twist hair. This style is created using silky synthetic braiding hair to give your twists a neat and textured appearance. We also appreciate that Senegalese twists are a versatile, low maintenance style. You can flaunt a small Senegalese twist look or a jumbo Senegalese twist style to play with length.
If you’re well-versed with the art of protective styling, you may notice that some people believe that the Senegalese twist hair trend and Havana twists are the same thing. Well, we’re here to provide some clarity—they have notable differences you should know. A Senegalese twist look is created with Kanekalon braiding hair to give your mane a smooth and sleek look. This hair does not tangle easily, so it’s easy for the style to unravel with the incorrect twisting technique. Senegalese twist hair is dense, making it a bit heavier than Havana twists.
Havana twists are two-strand twists that are created with Havana braiding hair, which is known for its rough and kinky texture. They tend to be larger in size with a thicker and fuller look. However, Havana hair is less dense, so it has a lightweight feel.
As we mentioned, Senegalese twists are a protective style. That means that your Senegalese twist styles are created to last. You can keep them in place for six to eight weeks with the proper care. Be sure to cover your hair at night with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf. It’s also important to moisturize and cleanse your mane so you can protect your natural hair underneath (more on that later).
Just as with other protective styles, a Senegalese twist look can take a lot of time and patience to create. Depending on the particular hairstyle and length you fancy, you can expect to pay between $95 to $250 for a set of Senegalese twists. Keep in mind, the price can vary by your location. One of the best things you can do is not let the cost be a determining factor when choosing a stylist. You’ll always want to make sure that your hair is done by a licensed professional that specializes in Senegalese twists.
Now that you have all the intel on the Senegalese twist trend, it’s time to choose your perfect hairstyle. Below, find the 10 best Senegalese twist styles to transform your mane.
Why we love them: Side-parted crochet Senegalese twists are all about using a latch hook tool to weave the extensions throughout your mane. They allow you to flaunt the trend without putting extra tension on your strands.
How to get the look: Ask your stylist to create a deep side part on either side of your head before installing the twists.
Why we love them: They allow you to keep your strands off of your face while flaunting your length. We also appreciate that half-up styles can easily transition from day to night.
How to get the look: Part your hair from ear to ear to create a top and bottom section. Clip the bottom half out of the way. Fasten the top section of hair into a ponytail. Unclip the bottom half of your hair.
Why we love it: This hairstyle helps to keep your strands stylishly tucked away while calling attention to your facial features. You should also note that it’s super-easy to create.
How to get the look: Gather your twists into a ponytail at the center of your head. Wrap the length of your hair around the base of your ponytail to form a bun. Secure loose strands with bobby pins.
Why we love it: A bun hairstyle is always on-trend and adding an undercut to the look gives it a cool-girl edge. You can shave one or both sides of your head and add a creative design for a bold look.
How to get the look: Since this style requires cutting your hair, it’s best to consult with a stylist.
Why we love them: Knee-length Senegalese twists provide your mane with effortless movement. We also dig that they’re the perfect way to live up to the mantra: long hair, don’t care.
How to get the look: This style can take quite some time to complete, so you’ll want to book an appointment with your stylist.
Why we love them: These super-small twists add a playful vibe to your look and can be styled just like your natural hair.
How to get the look: Instead of taking matters into your own hands, leave it to the pros.
Why we love them: Jumbo Senegalese twists cut down your time in the salon chair. The ombré transition of color will leave you with a bold look.
How to get the look: Ask your stylist to weave a dark Kanekalon hair color toward the top of your twists, then gradually transition to a lighter shade.
Why we love it: Short hair is seriously in and this twisted bob variation is a chic way to play with texture. It also helps to keep your strands out of the way.
How to get the look: Make an appointment with your stylist. Since bobs can end at the chin or below the tips of your ears, they’ll be able to style your twists to flatter your face shape.
Why we love it: This medium Senegalese twist lob is a remix of the twist bob style that serves as a happy medium to give you a bit of length without going too short.
How to get the look: Enlist the help of a professional and ask for your Senegalese twists to fall just above or below your shoulders.
Why we love them: Knotless twists are a playful spin to the knotless box braids trend that allows you to keep pressure off of your scalp to prevent hair breakage.
How to get the look: Ask your stylist to use the feed-in technique that adds small amounts of hair as you go.
Now that you have plenty of Senegalese twist hair options in mind, let’s talk maintenance. You need to know how to properly wash your hair to keep your twists in shape. Massaging twists during the wash process can ruin your hairstyle and unravel your hair, so you'll need to switch things up when cleansing your strands. Here's how to do it.
An apple cider vinegar rinse makes a solid pairing for Senegalese twists. ACV cleansers help to remove buildup and boost shine without disturbing your style. Simply apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your twists and carefully rub our scalp. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and rinse out with lukewarm water.
Next, you’ll want to reach for a leave-in conditioner that can provide lasting moisture. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion, which moisturizes and provides your strands with luminous shine. Gently apply it evenly to your twists and let them air dry.
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