14 Killer Kinky Twist Hairstyles Trending on Instagram

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Before your next hair appointment, check out our photos of kinky twists. 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 twisted hair courtesy of Jade Avia, Brandy, Kelly Jenrette, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock and fell in love with their stunning kinky twist 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 twisted strands 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!

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#1: Beautiful Side-Swept Kinky Twists

Crochet braids are trending right now. The crochet kinky twists style only takes 1.5 hrs to install and is almost completely carefree. Just moisturize the scalp, shake, and go. Whether you are heading to work, going on vacation, heading to the gym, or having a night out, this kinky hairstyle never disappoints and is currently one of the most popular protective styles.

If you’re considering crochet kinky braids you 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 afro twist styles. Cleansing, conditioning, and moisturizing are all possible while enjoying this install. Have you booked your kinky twists yet?

Amazing medium-length kinky twists
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#2: Amazing Medium-Length Kinky Twists

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.

#3: Sweet Kinky Twists for Natural Hair

Try wearing some sweet kinky twists for your natural hair if you’re looking for something lightweight that has a lot of movement. While kinky twists can be installed as individual twists, you can achieve natural-looking twists with this crochet method. Ask your braider which method is the best option for your next protective style.

Glamorous Short Kinky Twist
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#4: Glamorous Short Kinky Twist

Short kinky twists are a protective glam style and are for the glam and the calm. Afro twist hairstyles are 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. Kinky hairstyles are 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! Cover your hair with a bonnet because your hair used for this style can grow easily, allowing it to look messy fast without proper care. Keep your scalp moisturized and have some gel to patch up those baby hairs for flawless kinky hair styles.

#5: Stunning Braided Kinky Twists

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

Unique high kinky ponytail
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#6: Unique High Kinky Ponytail

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.

#7: Sophisticated Kinky Twisted Bun

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

Fresh kinky twist updo
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#8: Fresh Kinky Twist Updo

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.

Textured long kinky twists
Instagram @twistedbykhris

#9: Textured Long Kinky Twists

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

#10: Twisted Kinky Bob

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!

#11: Effortlessly Chic Kinky Twist Bob

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

This kinky twist hairstyle is actually a wig constructed with an Afro kinky hair extension. This unit is usually worn by women who cannot sit for long hours to make this hairstyle, or for women dealing with alopecia. Because this twisted 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.

Simple and Natural Kinky Twist Braids
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#12: Simple and Natural Kinky Twist Braids

This 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 gives it style and a good technique pattern.  Kinky twist braids are 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.

#13: Healthy 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? This natural kinky twisted hairstyle is an on-the-go look, perfect 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. This kinky hair style is unique, creative, protective, and lightweight on the scalp. Enjoy the versatile ways of wearing kinky twists styles. Avoid tangling – breakage women 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 your hair air dry until your 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 Passion Twists
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#14: Wavy Passion Twists

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

Passion twists aren’t for everybody. All women have different hair textures, and due to this being crotchet hair, it can either stick out or slip out. It’s important to ask your stylist about textures. Ask for a 12-pack of Water Wave Freetress hair, as it will take fairly 4 hours to do.




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