Senegalese twist hairstyle or “rope twists”, as they are also called, are definitely worth trying, especially if you have been blessed with beautiful Afro hair. Aside from the fact that they are super stylish and cool, these types of twists also protect your locks and promote their healthy growth.
Why wear a protective style? Protective styles promote healthy hair growth and protect it from heat styling, damage that could result from the environment, and other daily styling habits.
How are they created? First of all, synthetic hair is wrapped around the root of the natural hair. Secondly, the hair is twisted with two strands from the root to the end of the hair.
What type of hair should you use?
Although Marley’s hair is the number one choice of many women who choose to use extensions, the most common hair types for this hairstyle are Kanekalon – silky braided hair and Toyokalon – yaki braided hair.
Some women choose to use human hair, but synthetic hair works best because it helps prevent premature twisting.
- Toyokalon – is suitable for smaller braids because it gets tangled easily if not handled properly.
- Kanekalon – is suitable for larger braids because it is easier to manage; in addition, it looks more realistic.
Thick Side-Parted Senegalese Twists
Despite the obvious appearance, these amazing twists come in a lot of shapes and sizes and the trick is to discover which type suits you best. In this case, we have some thick side-parted ones that are super versatile because you can style them in various updos and do lots of things with them.
Super Long Silver Senegalese Twists
These long and silver Senegalese twist braids are certainly unique and they look phenomenal especially if you recently got a tan or if your skin is a bit on the darker side. You don’t need any other accessories. Your hair will turn enough heads as it is.
Senegalese Twists Half Up Half Down Updo with Bow
In the case of this half up half down updo, the cute bow that you can do using a bandana creates a cute and youthful look. Just gather half of your Senegalese twists, secure them with an elastic, and then add the bandana over it. It’s really that simple.
Senegalese Twists Space Buns
Space buns have been a thing for a few decades and the good news is that this pretty hairstyle can also be done if you usually wear your hair in Senegalese twists. Middle part your hair and then twist each side so you create the two buns. Secure them with bobby pins or elastic and enjoy your new updo!
Light-Colored Senegalese Twists with Dark Roots
In case you have a preference for lighter-colored hair, you can simply dye your Senegalese twists or apply some fake ones that suit your taste. This type of hairstyle also involves dark roots that create a nice contrast with the rest of your hair.
Middle-Parted Senegalese Twist with Colored Accessories
For those of you who like simple hairstyles that involve a Senegalese twist, you can always create a middle part and just let your gorgeous twists fall gracefully on your shoulders. However, you can add an extra layer of coolness with some simple and colored accessories that you can attach to some of your twists.
Half Dark Half Colored Senegalese Twists
We have already talked about light-colored Senegalese twists with dark roots but a hairstyle that’s half dark and half colored is definitely on another level. Keep one side of your head dark while the other half is preferably colored in a bright and crazy shade, like this green one. The contrast will be striking and everyone will admire you for your courage.
Dark Senegalese Twists with Colored Twist Bangs
Yet another simple hairstyle that involves Senegalese twists only this time, the colored ones should act as face-framing twist bangs meant to offer a unique appearance. Just choose two twists from the left side and two more from the right side and dye them in a color of your choice. Let them fall around your face and enjoy a spectacular look that will certainly turn heads.
Side-Parted Super Thick Senegalese Twists
For those of you who have thick hair, the Senegalese twists will also be on the thicker side which means that styling them can be a bit of a burden. However, this simple, side-parted hairstyle is wearable, pretty, and it won’t take a lot of time to do.
Senegalese Twist with Side Shave
Senegalese twists can also be styled in a more edgy way if you feel like this vibe suits your personality. For example, you can create a side shave after side-parting your long twists. It will look amazing and it will definitely make you have the right attitude, especially if it’s a more rebel one.
Black & Red Senegalese Twists
The combination of colored Senegalese twists with dark ones is definitely worth trying, especially if you want to make your hairstyle extra special and unique. In this case, you can dye your hair before creating the twists so that the result is a natural and seamless one.
Senegalese Braids Up Dos with Bandana (4 styles)
If you have a bandana, styling your Senegalese twists can suddenly become a lot easier and many options become available to you. For example, these four updos use a bandana to create four beautiful looks. Regardless if you want half up half down bun or ponytail or other hairstyles that are both simple and cute, you will definitely find your inspiration here. Just experiment and the results will definitely surprise and excite you.
Senegalese Twists Massive High Bun
Speaking of updos, a very simple and cute way to remove your Senegalese twists from your face, especially on those hot and humid summer days, is to create a high bun on top of your head. Just twist and make sure to secure the twists very well with bobby pins all around. You don’t want them falling apart when you’re in the middle of doing something important.
Side-Parted Senegalese Twist with Curly Ends
At first glance, this is a basic hairstyle done with Senegalese twists. However, on closer inspection, you will notice that the ends of the twists are free and curly. This is the secret to this super cute hairstyle. Side-part your twists and let their ends loose in order to create a unique and very beautiful appearance.
Long Senegalese Braids with High Top
For the fans of super long Senegalese twists, this kind of hairstyle is not only gorgeous but also very easy to achieve. The trick is to have the twists done in such a way that the top area is higher and therefore creates volume and also makes you appear a lot taller. This is always a good thing!
Senegalese Twist High Ponytail
Another very easy-to-do hairstyle that involves Senegalese twist braids is this high ponytail that not only looks pretty but also keeps the twists away from your face when you don’t want them there. Use a simple elastic and do a basic ponytail like you would with normal hair.
Medium-Length Senegalese Twist
These Senegalese twists have a medium length and are also on the thicker side, which creates an overall unique appearance. Keep them simple and take good care of them in order to make sure that the hair won’t get tangled. You can also notice that the ends of the twists are free and curly. Delicious!
Half Up Half Down Senegalese Twists High Bun
This amazing type of Senegalese twists high bun is special because only the root of it is twisted. The rest of the hair coming out from the bun is allowed to fall freely on your shoulders, therefore creating a unique and beautiful hairstyle that you will want to do again and again. We promise you that!
Half Up Half Down Senegalese Twist High Bun with Shaved Sides
Another interpretation of the Senegalese twist high bun, this one is voluminous on top while some twists are left out of it to fall on your back. Moreover, the edgy factor comes from the shaved sides and from the bright color of the twists that is sure to attract some admiring looks.
Senegalese Twists with Cornrow Sides, Bangs, and Long Nape Area
Cornrow braids are very trendy right now and a fairly easy way to keep your hair protected while still looking cute. For this short hairstyle, you need to create lateral cornrows while the remaining Senegalese twists fall over your nape are and on your forehead, just like bangs. Trust us, you will get asked about your hairstyle numerous times while out wearing it.
Long Senegalese Twist with Half Up Half Down Bun and Curly Ends
Long Senegalese twists can be styled in a million ways and will still look cool and exotic. For example, this half-up half-down bun is easy to achieve and besides looking cute, it will add some extra inches to your height. Moreover, the curly ends of the twists will add a carefree vibe to the whole look, making your entire appearance extra special.
Reddish Slicked-Back Senegalese Twist
This hairstyle highlights the pretty color in your Senegalese twists, regardless of whether it’s red, green, blue, blonde, or any other shade. As for the slicked-back look, the idea is to avoid keeping your twists around your face or on your forehead, like bangs. This way you will be able to do intricate makeup looks which will be seen and admired easily.
High Voluminous Senegalese Twists Up Do
Do you know what looks even better than a simple long Senegalese twist? A high and voluminous updo made of Senegalese twists. It’s easy to do and it only takes a few minutes, it looks cool regardless of the occasion that you wish to attend, and it’s super chic and trendy. Pair it with some large hoop earrings and bold lipstick and voila! A kinda classy, kinda hood vibe!
Long Side-Parted Senegalese Twist with Light-Colored Ends
Extra-long Senegalese twists look very cool when side-parted because they offer that carefree vibe. However, if you want to make your hairstyle extra special, add some light-colored fake ends to your twists or only dye their natural ends in a light shade. It will be like a twisted ombre look that everyone will admire.
Middle-Parted Micro Senegalese Twist
We know that most of you have probably only seen or heard of those classic Senegalese twists that are on the thicker side. Well, you should know that there are also micro Senegalese braids that look incredible and are super easy to style too. This basic hairstyle involves simply middle-parting them and looking like a boss while wearing them.
Thin & Messy Senegalese Twist
Speaking of thin Senegalese twists, these ones are the perfect example of how a messy hairstyle can look extremely cool and modern. Mix colors, side part them or middle part them, play around with accessories and outfits, and you will end up looking on the outside just like the free spirit you are on the inside.
Side to Side Long Senegalese Twists
Another interesting way in which Senegalese twists can be done is from one side of your head to the other. Ask the person who is doing them (probably your hairstylist) to start from one of your temple areas and to create the twists horizontally going around your head, not vertically like they are normally done. You will end up with a gorgeous spiral-like hairstyle that you will adore.
Short Triangle Senegalese Twists
Super short Senegalese twist style is definitely a thing, especially if you hate having all that hair with you. So, you can dye your hair in a light shade and create triangle-shaped twists all over your head. A quick, natural, and super trendy hairstyle that you will not want to give up on, at least too soon.
Senegalese Twist Braids
These are some twist braids done with Senegalese twists which look incredible and will make you the star of the party. Let’s call it the twist option? The twist option is done by twisting your normal Senegalese twists into two large side braids and securing their ends. This is what we call a special hairstyle!
Senegalese Twists High Up-Do
Coming back to more mundane hairstyles, this high updo done with Senegalese braids is one of those looks that look as comfortable as they feel. Start by creating an updo and then wrap one of your twists around the root of the ponytail, over the elastic. That’s it! Simple and pretty, right?
Two Colors Long Senegalese Twists
Long Senegalese twists also look absolutely amazing when there are two colors involved, like red and blue, or any other two colors you find pretty. Dye your hair before creating the twists or simply add colored threads or laces to create that effect. You won’t regret making this choice, especially for the summer when these colors look great with tanned skin.
Half Up Half Down Senegalese Twists Hairstyle
This is a rather simple approach to the half up half down hairstyle because it doesn’t involve any updo, just your twists tied at the back of your head. Use transparent elastic or a pretty hair accessory to secure the twists and go about your day looking fabulous.
Short & Messy Senegalese Twists
The easiest way to achieve a messy hairstyle is to have short Senegalese twists because they will naturally tend to go a little bit crazy. Just don’t worry about any perfect shapes and let your cheeky locks stand where they want to. In case you want to tame them a bit you can use some hair wax.
Balayage Senegalese Twists with Headpiece and Accessories
These pretty Senegalese twists are based on the balayage technique that should be done on your hair beforehand. This way, when the twists are done, they will look stunning and the color will go from dark towards the roots to lighter towards the ends. Pair your hairstyle with a cool headpiece and some accessories and you’re good to go.
Super Short Afro Senegalese Twist
Senegalese twists can look absolutely superb when done on Afro-textured hair and if your locks are short, even better. You will end up with some spunky and voluminous twists that will not only look cute and youthful but will also attract compliments from everyone around.
Side-Parted Senegalese Twist Bob
Bob hairstyles can be taken to another level if you do them with Senegalese twists, preferably thin ones. The trick is to cut and style them so that they imitate the look of a classic bob haircut. In this case, you will need to side part them and maybe even add some cool accessories for that extra something.
Long Senegalese Twists with Turban
Thin Senegalese twists that are medium to long-length can be easily transformed into a runway-worthy look with the help of a turban. You don’t even need a real one as you can easily turn a headscarf into a turban by twisting it on top of your head and letting some of your twists fall gracefully on your shoulders.
Middle-Parted Senegalese Twist Bob
Another version of the Senegalese twists bob hairstyle consists of middle-parting them in an elegant and cool way so that you create that real bob look. Add some subtle accessories to make them look even more stylish.
Senegalese Twists High Up Do with Sleek Side-Parted Bangs
A Senegalese twist high updo is easy to do, as we have previously seen, but when adding those sleek side-parted bangs into the equation, everything becomes ten times cooler. Just make sure to keep some twists apart to create the fake bangs when you are doing the updo.
Senegalese Twists Massive Half Up Half Down Twisted High Bun
If you have lots of hair and, therefore, lots of Senegalese twists, you can easily create a massive half up half down updo. The trick is to twist the upper section of your hair and to secure the newly-created bun with bobby pins. Let the rest of the twists fall on your shoulders.
Half Up Half Down Micro Senegalese Twists
Micro Senegalese twists can also look incredible in a half up half down hairstyle. You only need to take the upper section of your hair and secure it behind your head with elastic. Let the side areas and the remaining twists free and enjoy your super simple yet super pretty hairstyle.
Senegalese Twists Up Do with Side Cornrows
For this super stylish hairstyle you will need to create some micro side cornrows and then side part your Senegalese twists and secure them in place. This is a look that will make you the star of any party as it also allows you to wear some bold earrings and elegant makeup.
Thick & Long Senegalese Twists and Up-Do (2 styles)
These thick and long Senegalese twists can always be worn as they are, on your back, like a gorgeous curtain. However, you can also get a bow or a bandana and create a half up half down hairstyle which will completely change your appearance for a special occasion.
Senegalese Twists Low Bun
Senegalese twists can easily be worn in a low bun for a simple everyday look. Just twist them towards your nape area creating a bun and make sure to secure it very well. You can only use bobby pins or a hair accessory that will support the weight of your bun.
Two Colors Medium-Length Senegalese Twists
When it comes to medium-length Senegalese twists, there is a multitude of ways in which you can style them. In this case, you can side part them and add a little bit of color to make them look completely special.
Super Curly & Tight Senegalese Twists
Finally, for ladies who have been blessed with super curly hair, these Senegalese twists are perfect if you truly want to look like a million bucks. Naturally, they will be curly and tight but this is their charm after all. Don’t be afraid to highlight your gorgeous locks because they will turn heads without the shadow of a doubt.
How to take care of Senegalese Twists?
Now that you have Senegalese twist, you need to learn how to take care of them. Here are some tips that will help you in this regard.
Specialists recommend the use of a moisturizing shampoo suitable for your hair type. Wash your hair by massaging your scalp properly.
Your hairstyle will last longer if you do not wash your hair often. It is best to wash it only once a week.
Also, you should avoid going to bed with wet hair.
Protecting hair during sleep
Put moisturizing oil on your hair, divide it into four equal sections and twist each section by overlapping them. Grab them with a rubber band and wrap your hair in a turban towel.
Cleansing and moisturizing
As with regular hairstyles, you can use natural oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or mint oil. By doing this, you will get brighter, softer, and stronger hair.
It is recommended to put oil in your hair twice a week. These can be applied directly to the hair so that the hair will look and most importantly, will be healthier.
All in all, we can only hope that these amazing Senegalese twists ideas have inspired you to take action and go for a protective hairstyle that will maintain your locks looking healthy and beautiful. Regardless of whether you like long, medium, or short hair, these twists can prove to be the perfect choice for you. Give them a go and tell us what you think!