24 Senegalese Twist Styles to Try in 2018

Senegalese twists, also called rope twists, is a popular protective hairstyle for black women who embrace their natural hair. The name and style come from Senegal, West Africa. It’s a great way to protect your hair for 2-3 months if it’s been damaged by daily styling, products, etc. Braiding the twists can take anywhere between 6 to 8 hours, so you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time. Before you install the twists, be sure your hair is clean and moisturizes, as you won’t be able to do that for the next few months. There are several braiding types and patterns to create Senegalese Twists, such as cornrows and crochet braiding. Below, I’ve put together some of the most popular Senegalese Twist hairstyle ideas for your next inspiration!

Cornrows Twist

Cornrows Twist
Instagram @mikkisimone_

Aren’t you in love with how clean and neat these twists are? Plus this super sexy color and jewel combination is on-point as well.

High Bun

twists on a high bun
Instagram @braids_by_mel_

Styling the hair in a high bun is an easy way to keep the twists out of your face. Secure a high ponytail, divide the hair into two parts, create a big twist, then wrap the twist into a fabulous top bun, and you’re ready for a fun day out!

Dark Brown Hair

Dark brown hair with side cornrows
Instagram @jdivastyles

This mohawk on dark chocolate hair is one of the best hairstyles you can try with your twists. You can get the right amount of coolness as long as you get pro help for this hairdo to be done right.

Bob Twists

bob cut
Instagram @_simplystasia

These trendy twists don’t always have to be long! You can always go with a shorter version if you’re the bob type of girl and finish with loose ends for a feminine vibe.

Red Hair

Red twists
Instagram @bunnybraids

Feel like a million bucks when you wear this hot color! If you are looking for diverse ways to experiment with your mane, give these twists a try and you’ll discover how versatile it can be.

Braided Updo

braided updo
Instagram @londonstrands

You’ll need superb talent and skill if you wanna achieve this cool top bun for yourself. Definitely worth the time to create this ‘do.

Half Up Half Down

Half up half down hairdo
Instagram @braidsby_brad

Be amazed by the styling and detailing of this classic hairdo. Twists are a super versatile protective style that can be worn on any occasion.

Ponytail

ponytail
Instagram @tupo1

These twists couldn’t be more surprising with the endless surprising ways of styling them like this gorgeous ponytail. Get some fashionable brunette and blonde colors for your pieces for an instant face brightening effect.

Grey Twists

braided hair
Instagram @badmonbraids

Grey is one of the trendiest fashion colors everywhere right now. Paint your twists with a grey ombre then accessorize with a few shiny silver cuffs for a dreamy look!

French Braid Twists

French braid
Instagram @esthernelsa

A brilliant take on twists – start with intricate cornrows, gather them into a magnificent French braid, and finish by letting those long twists down! This style gets everything away from your face allowing you to accessorize without hassle.

Low Bun

low bun hairstyle
Instagram @_simplystasia

So simple yet loveliest are these twists nicely wrapped in a low bun. An ideal style for women who want to be a fashion inspiration in their workplace.

Blonde Hair

Half-up blonde hair
Instagram @touchesbynoel

Stand out with these fantastic blonde rope twists that don’t require much time for you to style and look stunning. Just a nice half-up half-down like this will do for any occasion you have.

Medium Twists

High ponytail
Instagram @keyessentialshair

Not too small or too big – these twists still offer you the protection you need this summer and with so many ways to style it. Like this cute high ponytail parted in half for a thicker and more stylish look!

Micro Twists

Micro haircut
Instagram @thebraidingfactory

Get not only more pieces but also more ways of styling your hair when you opt for these cute thin small twists! In a ponytail, in a bun, or even half-up, wear your adorable braids any way you want for different occasions and events!

Top Knot Bun

womens top knot bun
Instagram @no_ordinarybraiding

Wrapping those lovely braids in a high bun can free some weight and volume from your look. This top knot works ideally for round faces as it has an elongating effect.

Long Hair Twists

Long knotted hair
Instagram @grip_and_twist

Consistency is key when you wear these beautiful long twists! You’ll never be bored with the infinite ways of styling you can do with these stunning twists.

Side Braid

Side braids
Instagram @mayhair_styling

Look fab with these easy-to-manage thin and long side braids that bring people’s attention down to your sexy body!

Big Twists

Instagram @b.versatile_

Jumbo twists never looked so good when they’re neatly and evenly done. You can easily wear them without doing much!

Jumbo Twists

Jumbo twist hair
Instagram @nay_68

Change your life with just a few gorgeous jumbo twists to manage everyday. If you’re wanting to spend less time in styling your hair everyday then this trendy style is surely for you!

Shaved Sides

shaved sides womens cut
Instagram @__setapart

Q&A with style creator, Monet Trammell
Natural Hair Stylist @ Stamped Salon & Spa in Eastpointe, MI

How would you describe this look?

These Senegalese Twists are very feminine, and they seem to have a softer look than a regular braid. They are also fast to install!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The twists are for the fun boho girly girls. If you don’t like the boho style and would prefer a sleeker and polished look, the twists are not for you! Over time they tend to frizz, so I recommend all my clients to use Lotta Body’s “Wrap Me Foam Mousse.”

Long and Large Twists

boho braids
Instagram @bunnybraids

Q&A with style creator, Elizabeth
Mobile Hairstylist @ BunnyBraids in London, UK


How would you describe this look?

These are Senegalese twists also known as rope twists. This is because it originates from Senegal, West Africa, and it mimics the look of a rope. It’s a trendy and stylish protective style.

What I love about this style is the versatility. You can get them done in different sizes/lengths, and it can be styled in various ways. You can have it down, braided into an updo, curled, or simply put into a lovely bun. It is also quicker to install and take out than traditional three-strand braids.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is very low maintenance & easy to manage. You can style it just like you would do your own hair. It’s ideal for people with busy schedules or those who don’t fancy the idea of spending lots of time on their natural hair.

Minimal products are needed to keep it neat. I usually tell clients to focus the care on their scalp, because the twists are fine on its own. I do recommend using the Cantu Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse to soothe the scalp and keep the hair moisturized.

This style suits any face regardless of the shape or size. In terms of hair texture, it’s easier to twist kinkier hair than silky straight hair. If you have straight or silky hair, I’d recommend going for a small size or use kinky or Marley hair extensions to help keep your twists in place. Braids are also an alternative option as it won’t unravel as quickly on silky hair.

These twists are very trendy and can be worn casually and also in corporate settings. Great for fun and easy going people!

Burgundy Hair

Burgundy hair
Instagram @machine_hands

Q&A with style creator, Monique Jourdain Lawson
Stylist / Owner @ Ivan’s Hair Professionals in Rancho Cucamonga, CA


How would you describe this look?

Senegalese twist is a softer look than box braids. Senegalese twist looks just like ropes. A lot of my clients go for this look because it is so different than your normal braids.

I love the way it all comes together in the end. From afar, the twists look like braids but up close they just look amazing!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Senegalese twists are a good choice for those who have corporate jobs, being that twists have a much softer appeal. They are also great for those who just want a different look. When styled, they look amazing!

The twists are also great for all hair types. Although, they don’t do as well in water as box braids would, being that braids are sealed. Twists are just twisted hair, so in water, your hair tends to come out of the twist which causes it to frizz.

Even though they don’t last as long as braids, once my clients try Senegalese twists, they almost never go back to regular box braids. They completely fall in love with the look of the twists.

Two Buns

two buns hairstyle
Instagram @itsmoreiraxx

Q&A with style creator, Anne
Future Professional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


How would you describe this look?

This is a bold look. It’s not always that you come up against someone using it out there. I love how you can be different with it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You need to be able to sustain the style you carry. The first thing to consider is: will this look beautiful on me? If the answer is positive, then do it!

Crochet

Q&A with style creator, Tedra Owens
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Salon P31 in Columbia, SC


How would you describe this look?

This protective style is easy maintenance, time-saving, yet professional look and most definitely a vacation hair. You can have Senegalese twists like these but for half the time and half the cost.

What I love about this style is the convenience of it. Just put your bonnet on at night and get up and go in the morning.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Have your hair assessed first by a stylist to see if it can withstand this style. One must not have thin hair or edges, or a receding hairline. It also depends on one’s personality and lifestyle to see if this may or may not be the look for you.

This particular hairstyle has a braided foundation and then the Senegalese twists are crocheted onto the braid. So, this style is made for hair with a lot of density and thicker edges that can withstand the tension of this style.