13 Killer Kinky Twist Hairstyles You’ve Gotta Check Out

Kinky twist hairstyles

A kinky twist is a medium-length protective hairstyle made with 2-strand twists with loose ends. Are you tired of braids that can weigh your hair down? Here’s an easy, light hairstyle for you to play around with!

You’ve probably seen kinky twists courtesy of Jade Avia, Brandy, Kelly Jenrette, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock and fell in love with their stunning hairstyles! It’s a modern, star-worthy alternative to braided ‘dos and dreadlocks.

Celebrated protective styling specialist Esther Tom hand-created every twisted style imaginable! From knotless twists to loose pieces to ombre twists in all sorts of lengths, these super chic twists offer a wide range of versatile styles to choose from.

One more thing to love about this hairstyle is how low maintenance it is. You just have to remember one word – moisturize! Do this for smooth and uniform twists that can last up to 8 weeks.

If a great hair day means the world to you, then don’t waste time and find your next look from these popular kinky twist hairstyle photos!

Medium Length Kinky Twists

medium length kinky twists
Instagram @hairbydanzy

Your caramel-colored tight curls are to die for! Texture and bounce in a well-arranged manner that effortlessly falls just below your shoulder area, giving a nice and beautiful look.

Braided Kinky Twists

braided kinky twists
Instagram @suweida_alhassan

Your kinky twists just got twisted! Pull them up in a braided knot to complete an updo look. All neat and savvy, ready for a refreshed look!

High Kinky Ponytail

high kinky ponytail
Instagram @transformedbyo

After braiding your hair, neatly put them in a high ponytail to fashion out. This superb display will not only open up your face but also keep a neat appearance for your hair.

Twisted Bun

twisted bun
Instagram @divaempirehair

A style like this might appear heavy, but it is a necessary trick to keep your curls healthy and clean from dust. The twists add that accessory to your simple yet sophisticated updo.

Kinky Twist Updo

kinky twist updo
Instagram @stylistaprilb

The ultimate protective style, tame those twists by arranging them in a patterned updo. Even with so much going on due to the rope-like patterns, keep yourself looking fresh when you put them up in a bun or a knot.

Long Kinky Twists

long kinky twists
Instagram @twistedbykhris

The look we’re aiming for is gorgeous, and we have it right here! The length plus style has all the details and texture that you want, appearing like a bundle of rope on your head.

Twisted Kinky Bob

twisted kinky bob
Instagram @crownedbycherez

With the volume that the kinks already have, arranging them into a bob may be strategic to get a full-bodied look for your curls. Prop them to one side and let the bounce do its magic!

Kinky Twist Bob

After braiding, your hair may be shorter, thus perfect for a chin-length bob! Get the look by letting those twists fall softly on your head for an effortlessly chic look.

Q&A with style creator, Olajumoke Apalara
Professional Wig Makers and Hair Stylists @ Rapunzel’s Lush Hair in Lagos, NG

How would you describe this look?

It is a wig constructed with an Afro kinky hair extension. This unit is usually worn by people who cannot sit for long hours to make this hairstyle or for people dealing with alopecia.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Because this hairstyle is a wig, it requires little to no maintenance. All that needs to be done is to keep the unit away from dust, i.e., store it appropriately. There’s also no need for oiling or restyling. Just pop it on and voila! You’re glam-ready.

They can be worn by anyone and is suitable as a corporate or casual look.

Kinky Twist Braids

kinky twist braids
Instagram @kortolarain

Q&A with style creator, Korto Manyango
Hair Stylist / Braider @ Hair by Korto in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a simple and natural braided to the side with a kinky twist style. It’s simple because the braids speak for themselves, but how it’s braided in gives it style and good technique pattern. It’s natural because this model’s hair looks like there is no hair added.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The best advice I would give is that it’s a very easy braided style with less maintenance. Oil your scalp, mousse the braids, kinky twist when they get frizzy, and protect with a bonnet while sleeping. It’s a get-up-and-go style like most braids with a very natural twist.

Short Kinky Twist

Short Kinky Twist
Instagram @houseoflori

Q&A with style creator, Delores Oppong
Hair Stylist @ House of Lori in Whataburger, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This look is a protective glam style and is for the glam and the calm. It is versatile for any personality and can be a great look for both the pool and a professional setting.

This style is for the new and upcoming naturalistas. It can be worn long, and it can be worn short in a bob-like style as well. My favorite thing about this style is that it is very low maintenance and a shake-and-go kind of style. You can take off your bonnet or scarf, shake and style it into place with your hands, and go about your day!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Cover the hair with a bonnet being that the hair used for this style can grow easily, allowing it to look messy fast without proper care. I would also advise keeping your scalp moisturized and have some gel to patch up those baby hair for a flawless look.

Curly Kinky Twists

Maintain moisture locked in those kinks with your curled and twisted hair. Beautifully natural and still makes your hair healthy, what more can you ask for.

Q&A with style creator, Judith Smith
Hairstylist/ Braider @ Styles by Judith in Miami, FL


How would you describe this look?

This natural kinky twist hairstyle is an on-the-go look. This is a unique hairstyle with curls. This twisted hairstyle is for all types of hair and texture.

There are several different ways you can wear it. Pin-up for office attire or hanging down depending on the occasion. My favorite thing about this style is it’s unique, creative, protective, and lightweight on the scalp.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Enjoy the versatile ways of wearing it. Avoid tangling – breakage clients should shampoo and condition along with a deep treatment by simply using their fingertips to wash and massage the scalp while wearing it.

Maintenance is also minimal. After rinsing out, use a hairdryer or let hair air dry until the hair is damp. Then, apply any natural hair oil mixed with water in a spray bottle to the scalp to lock in moisture. You can use coconut oil, argan biotin oil, rose oil, castor oil, etc.

Wavy Twists

Wavy Twists
Instagram @braid.g0ddess

Q&A with style creator, Sadejah Wilson
Salon Owner / Licensed Braider @ Goddess Roots Hair Salon in Atlanta, MS


How would you describe this look?

This style is what we call passion twist. This style gives off a natural twist and a messy look that many people have been going for lately. They are fun and very lightweight.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always like to warn my clients about how these passion twists aren’t for everybody. Everybody has different hair textures, and due to this being crotchet hair, it can either stick out or slip out. It’s important to ask about textures. I use 12 packs of Water Wave Freetress hair, and it took fairly 4 hours to do. My viewers went crazy over these trendy passion twists.

Side Swept Kinky Twists

Q&A with style creator, Karen English
Cosmetologist @ Allure Me The Hair Estate in Durham, NC


How would you describe this look?

Crochet braids are trending right now. What I love about the crochet kinky twists style (other than it only takes 1.5 hrs to install) is that it’s almost completely carefree. Just moisturize the scalp, shake, and go. Whether you are heading to work, going on vacation, heading the gym, or a night out, this style never disappoints and is currently one of the most popular protective styles.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone considering crochet braids should seek a licensed professional for installment. These kinky twists require very little to no product and are possible with all hair types. With proper installment, there are numerous ways this style could be worn (updo, down, ponytail, bun).

It’s always imperative to care for your natural hair even while wearing protective styles. Cleansing, conditioning, and moisturizing are all possible while enjoying this install. Have you booked your kinky twists yet?