Senegalese twists is a trendy, protective hairstyle and one of the popular variants of twist braids, also known as rope braids. It involves tightly rolling two separate strands of hair between the thumbs and index fingers then wrapping them around each other. The difference from other variants is the tighter look and more distinct definition.
Some opt to use just their natural hair while others prefer hair extensions for increased durability and protection. Smooth textures like Kanekalon or more natural ones like Marley hair and Afro Kinky work well. Blowouts beforehand also help achieve the look, especially for thicker 4c/4b hair types.
These versatile twists are lightweight, require little upkeep, and protect natural hair beautifully over long periods. Their simplicity to install and remove makes Senegalese twists a staple go-to. Here are 26 fabulous Senegalese twists styles you should try!
1. Jumbo Senegalese Twists
Jumbo Senegalese twists give a bold and beautiful look. They involve twisting the hair with a large size of braiding hair, which is what makes them look thick – therefore, the style is named Jumbo. It takes less time to get Jumbo Senegalese twists since the natural hair is sectioned into big parts. However, they may not last for more than two to three weeks because of their size.
2. Micro Senegalese Twists
Micro Senegalese twists require a lot of time and patience. They take many hours to make, requiring parting the natural hair into very small parts before twisting. Micro Senegalese twists can be made faster when multiple braiders work on the hair in different sections because it would take only one braider a very long time to complete. In addition to being a great protective hairstyle, Micro Senegalese twists require little maintenance.
3. Knotless Senegalese Twist
Knotless Senegalese twists will always be everyone’s favorite because they reduce scalp tension and are very flexible as soon as it’s done. It is usually done in two ways. The first way is to start with Knotless braids before twisting. The second and most common method is starting the twists without braids and rolling them on the natural hair from the start. Any method chosen for the Knotless Senegalese twists will still bring out remarkable results.
4. Crochet Senegalese Twists
An alternative to spending hours in the salon? Yes, please! The crochet trend is innovative and has come to stay, and it’s a plus that it comes in Senegalese twists. If you are on a budget, it would make perfect sense to go for crochet Senegalese twists because they are reusable, fast to install, and easy to take out. The most important thing to consider when getting crochet Senegalese twists is the cornrow pattern underneath, which determines how naturally it comes out.
5. Medium Senegalese Twists
If you’re worried about your Senegalese twists being too big or too small, you should opt for medium Senegalese twists. A medium-sized amount of braiding hair is used for each twist to achieve a medium-sized Senegalese twist. You can get medium-sized Senegalese twists in different colors and sizes, and they can also be Knotless or with a knot. These type of twists are low maintenance and will last a month or more.
6. Short Senegalese Twists
We can all agree that short Senegalese twists are always a vibe. For people who find long hair uncomfortable, they are a great option. Plus, at a short length, they are also highly versatile. When making short Senegalese twists, the braiding hair used is cut into a short length before twisting the hair. The ends are sealed by burning and putting the twists in hot water. They do not take as much time as the long Senegalese twists.
7. Long Senegalese Twists
You already know extra when you see them! As the name implies, these long Senegalese twists require twisting the hair with braiding hair to a long length. The easiest way to get long Senegalese twists done is by using shorter lengths of braiding hair and adding to the tip of each twist to make them longer. If this is not done, the braider’s arms may hurt, and the braiding hair may get tangled.
8. Blonde Senegalese Twists
Blonde Senegalese twists are a great option for when you want to go for bold colors. What makes blonde Senegalese twists different is the blonde color of the braiding hair used. It can be done in a short, medium, or long length based on preference. Whichever size or length you go for, you will definitely make a statement with these blonde Senegalese twists. Blondes definitely have more fun
9. Ombré Senegalese Twists
There is nothing like the beauty and uniqueness of ombré Senegalese twists. They are made with a different braiding hair that blends multiple colors into each other. Ombré braids can be two or more colors. The braiding hair used are usually colors close to each other, but it can also be totally different colors. As a rule, it is always advisable to get the braiding hair that comes with its first color as one that is close to the color of your hair roots.
10. Burgundy Senegalese Twists
If you do not want to get the regular black Senegalese twists, burgundy Senegalese twists are an excellent choice. Burgundy is a warm color that is not too loud but still very beautiful. Burgundy braiding hair is all that’s needed to achieve these dark red-purplish Senegalese twists.
11. Colored Senegalese Twists
What’s not to love about a versatile hairstyle? Heck, Senegalese twists can be done in any color of your choice! You can go for bold colors like blonde, pink, green, or red, and you can decide to go for neutral colors like brown or warm colors like wine or navy blue, and you can decide to mix two or more colors together. All that’s needed is to get any braiding hair colors of your choice and get twisting.
12. Senegalese Twist Wig
Get a Senegalese twist wig and save yourself time at the salon. It may require a professional stylist to install the wig, but the process can also be learned and done by anyone who wants to wear it. A Senegalese twist wig is usually made on a wig cap with a frontal or closure, depending on the style of the wig. If made and installed properly, it will look natural but can never be the same as when made directly on natural hair.
13. Updos With Senegalese Twists
Updos with Senegalese twists give you an instant facelift. It involves making a braided updo to the middle of the head and finishing the ends with Senegalese twists. These updos can be done in any length and color and can be styled by packing the ends into a bun or a ponytail.
14. Senegalese Twist Bob
The Senegalese Twist Bob is a not-so-popular hairstyle, but it is indeed classy and beautiful. Getting Senegalese twists in a small size is advisable to avoid the twists unraveling. The ends are sealed by burning them to give the bob effect. The length usually stops around the neck, but it can still be styled in other ways.
15. Senegalese Twists in a Bun
Senegalese twists in a bun is another hairstyle to try. It is regular Senegalese twists styled into a bun. This is achieved by packing the Senegalese twists to the top or back of the head and rolling the ends into a bun. Putting your hair in a bun is a good way to go if you don’t like having your hair hanging down your shoulders.
16. Goddess Senegalese Twists
Goddess Senegalese twists will leave you feeling like royalty. Any Goddess braid look is incomplete without the curls. Goddess Senegalese twists are achieved by making individual Senegalese twists and adding curls to the twists and ends. The curly hair may be pre-made crochet or braiding hair curled with a Flexi rod. Either way, the curly hair is added by using a crochet pin or adding it to each twist as it’s being twisted.
17. Senegalese Twists For Men
When it comes to Senegalese twists, men are not left out. Senegalese twists can be done on long or short natural hair, requiring little braiding hair for a natural look. The ends can be sealed with rubber bands or hot water. Designs can be added, and they can be done in different sizes.
18. Senegalese Twists with Marley Hair
Senegalese twists with Marley hair are regular Senegalese twists but with Marley hair. As opposed to the straight and silky texture of braiding hair, Marley twist hair has a kinky-like texture. It is meant to give the twists a more natural look and is most suitable for people with 4b or 4c hair types.
19. Jumbo Senegalese Twists with Triangle Parts
Jumbo Senegalese twists with triangle parts is another way to switch up your Senegalese twists. It is made by creating triangle parts with a parting comb before twisting. It is advisable for braiders to pre-part when making Jumbo Senegalese twists. It makes the process easier and faster. Jumbo Senegalese twists with triangle parts may not last for too long and may only look nice in the first few days or a week because as it gets old, the triangle parts may begin to fade.
20. Senegalese Twists Box Braids
Senegalese twist box braids give an organized look. Box braids involve posting the natural hair into equal squares or rectangles before twisting. Senegalese twist box braids can be made with a side or center parting and can still be styled in many other ways. They can also be done with the knotless method or knot method.
21. Half Cornrows Half Senegalese Twists
As the name implies, half cornrows, half Senegalese twists involves sectioning the hair into two parts, making cornrows at the top, and finishing the second part with Senegalese twists. The top section can be styled into a ponytail or a bun to switch up the look.
22. Senegalese Twists with Yarn
Senegalese twists with yarn definitely gives “baddie on a budget” vibes. Yarn or wool costs less than regular braiding hair and can still be used to make beautiful Senegalese twists. The yarn usually comes in a ball, so it is to be separated and cut until it makes individual strands. These yarn strands are combined until thick and used to make Senegalese twists. An important advantage of Senegalese twists with yarn is its lightweight hairstyle. If you like what you’re reading then certainly check out these yarn braids hairstyles.
23. Stitch Braids With Senegalese Twists
When you cannot decide if you want stitch braids or Senegalese twists, go for both! Stitch braids with Senegalese twists involve making stitch braids by creating lines on each cornrow and finishing the ends with Senegalese twists. The stitch braids parts would need braiding gel to get the sleek look.
24. Rubber Band Criss Cross With Senegalese Twists
The rubber band criss cross with Senegalese twists is a fantastic way of doing something out of the ordinary to your hair. It involves sectioning a side of the hair, creating a criss cross design with either black or colored rubber bands, and doing the rest of the hair with Senegalese twists. It is important to note that when making the criss cross designs, the rubber bands should not be too tight and soaked in oil before use. Oil can also be used to take out the rubber bands. This hairstyle can be accessorized with beads, or the ends can be curled.
25. Cornrow Senegalese twists
This style allows you to explore two different looks simultaneously. It is achieved by braiding a section of the hair into cornrows, depending on preference – front, sides, back – and the remaining hair into Senegalese twists.