20 Hottest Twist Braid Styles Right Now

The hottest twist braids

Twist braids are a protective hairstyle for natural hair that’s done by twisting sections of the hair together with an even tension for hold. Think that cornrows are all there is when it comes to keeping your afro strands intact while being stylish at the same time? Ladies, behold this creative yet convenient ‘do.

From simple to intricately detailed looks, natural and coarser texture to uniformly thick pleats – there exist a plethora of chic ideas on how to style and protect your strands using twists. Whether you’re looking for volume, texture, or length, there’s always a twist braid hairstyle to wear for any special day!

Notice how trendsetting African-American celebs Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Brandy, Teyonah Parris, and Rihanna do their twist braid hairstyles and got women and braiders all over the world inspired! Just like braids, you can also modify your look with beads, cuffs, and vibrant hues like how Brooklyn-based expert braider Stephnie Lisha does it on her clients!

A hairstyle that doesn’t require much styling to look glam? Possible with these twisted pieces! Simply moisturize your scalp regularly, listen to your stylist’s recommendations, and you’ll be owning these beauts for a long time.

Now that you’ve found this alternative idea to braids, that’s both extra impressive and easy to do, and it’s time for you to check out this diverse round-up of the trendiest twist braids on the internet today!

Thick Braids

thick twist braids
Instagram @tasha_worldofstyles

Thick braids capture most of your hair strands in a massive braid, resulting to a chunky-looking rope! With this, the twists are more pronounced; thus, more mesmerizing to look at.

Micro Braids

mirco twist braids
Instagram @anneelisebraids

Micro is the name of this braid style for a reason: individual strands just look like thick versions of your average hair strand. Braid technique this detailed is highly commendable and must be tried by anyone who can!

Single Twist Braids

single twist braids
Instagram @hairbyugochiii

Simple single twists are thrilling to try! You can work with a chunkier braid or go small. Either way, you’ll be able to wear a single twist with any technique you use.

African Twist Braids

african twist braids
Instagram @nayabeauty95

The tapered ends make a distinguishing feature from the vibrant African twist braid pattern from the roots. Classic and timeless, this one is a pride to wear for melanin ladies out there.

Small Braids

small twist braids
Instagram @grip_and_twist

Micro hair work produces vibrant small braids like this one. I say the smaller the braid, the sassier the lady! Braidwork this intricate helps lock the moisture in, so try one out and see for yourself.

Spring Twist Braids

spring twist braids
Instagram @sashacheveux

Hold on tight to your best olive oil product to get the right kind of luscious spring twist braid. Proper moisturizing and taking care of your hair is necessary so that your hair could take care of your looks.

Kinky Twists

kinky twist braids
Instagram @cosmogirlnedd

Super tight kinky twists are still a sight to look at even after all these years of being a top pick braid style. The thick curling is done to make these kinks help maintain the volume and body of the over-all hair.

Crochet Braids

crochet braids twist
Instagram @tresonsweaves

Crochet braids are famously known as ones that can be altered due to the hair extensions. Good thing this style is versatile ‘cos it suits any face shape, hair color, and accessories that go with it.

Big Braids

big twist braids
Instagram @b.versatile_

Because being extra is the new black, big braids twist rule this year. Those interlocking strands can be easily completed as long as you have steady hands, patience, and a sense of style.

Romantic Braided Twist Updo

romantic braided twist updo
Instagram @beautiibraidz

What makes something romantic is if you can bring out the best in you, and this style sure did. Wear those braided twists high and proud with an updo to make sure your sparkling, lovely eyes are clear of any hair.

Rope Twists

rope twist braids
Instagram @adornbraids

An a-class on those rope twists that give satisfactory protection and style. Like sturdy ropes that can take on anything, your locks are sure to get some love and give you some lady strength and confidence.

Long Twists

long twist braids
Instagram @braidsbybutterfly

Manage your long locks by putting them in long twists. You’ll still be able to flex those braids while keeping them neat.

Twisted High Bun

twist braid with high bun
Instagram @superstarthecreator

Tired of having your twists flowing down? Make an interesting look by putting them up in a bun! The details of the twists are still observed, plus you’ll have a refreshing new look!

Passion Twist Braids

passion twist braids
Instagram @thedollhouse_bbc

A newly conceptualized style, the passion twist braids make use of springy store-bought hair then loosened up before being incorporated into your normal twists. This technique boosts volume and texture and deviates from your normal smoothed up twists.

Cascading Twists

cascading twist braids
Instagram @xcellentxtensions

Putting one whole twist onto your twists brings a whole lot of surprises! For this cascading twist braids, the diagonal patterns bring your eyes across a wonderful masterpiece that is your twisted braids!

Short Braids

short twist braids
Instagram @poplaura.b

Chunky twists in a short braided style is an outstanding look! The ends fall perfectly around the jaw area, emphasizing your face shape and making you look so petite at the same time.

Box Braids

twist box braids
Instagram @elyt_styles

Q&A with style creator, Hamdiyah Holliman
Natural Hair Specialist @ Elyt Styles in Lawrenceville, GA

How would you describe this look?

I chose this look, box braid twist, to compliment my client’s hair texture and facial structure. Amongst numerous partings, like box parts and triangle parts, I went with the circle to give it a fuller look. My favorite thing about this hairstyle is how complex it is. It gives you a braid and a twist, two different techniques in one style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The box braid twist would be perfect for all women with hair types specifically transitioning from relaxed to natural who are seeking low maintenance, protective style. Once the style is complete, it can last up to four weeks. This was the most important factor for my client because she typically works in an office setting.

With this style, it allows the advantage to “wake up and go.” Cutting down on time spent in the mirror, she can throw it in a ponytail or leave it down by only spending 2 minutes instead of 1 hour on her natural hair.

My client Tiffany is transitioning from relaxed to natural. Not only am I facing the challenge of two different textures, but her hair also has a blunt cut. Braiding to the length of her natural hair and twisting the remainder secures, the blunt ends and adds longevity to the style. I recommended this technique because she originally wanted twists, but I ensured the blunt ends are prone to sticking out of the twist. To accommodate my client, I came up with the box braid twist, which turned out to be perfect for her texture as well as her lifestyle needs.

As far as products go, I like to first moisturize with a hair lotion and oil the scalp with a grease. My favorite brand of hair is Xpressions because of the quality and how easy going it is on my hands.

Jumbo Braids

jumbo twist braids
Instagram @stylesbysmyley

Q&A with style creator, Damaris Smiley
Hair Stylist @ Styles by Smyley in Nairobi, KY


How would you describe this look?

The kinky twists are done using a kinky braid called Fluffy Kinky – it’s a Kenyan brand (Darling Hair Kenya). Having the kinky texture, they bring out a more natural hair look with an African vibe.

The good thing about it is it’s super light,pocket-friendly in the long run because they give long service, and quick to install.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The styling will depend on the length and size that a client prefers. For most of my clients, they prefer the long and chunky, which is something I love as well.

Always go for a self convenient product that works best for you and the scalp. I usually recommend the pure castor oil because it helps with the hairline and gives out a sheen look on the edges and scalp as well.

I’ve worked with different clients with different hair types. From time to time, I got to learn different hair textures and types, as well. 4C has the best grip since the braid is kinky, and the hair is kinky as well. For other soft hair textures, one has to be careful and gentle on the fixing.

Hairstyles do vary with personality depending on a client’s taste and preference. When it comes to the twists, a client should pick the size, length, and color that is favorable.

Most of my clients are of the age bracket 20-30, so I’d say lifestyle to me isn’t an issue – it just depends on what the client wants.

Senegalese Twists

Senegalese twist braids
Instagram @devinerootz

Q&A with style creator, Uju Ozumba
Hair Stylist @ Rootz Hairdressing in Enfield, LDN


How would you describe this look?

I love the simplicity and elegance of this hairstyle. Senegalese twists are very versatile and can look stunning left, down, or styled into an updo, a bun, and so many more ways. The ease of this hairstyle makes it perfect for any holiday and day-to-day. It’s no surprise that Senegalese twists are a popular choice amongst my clients all year round, especially as this hairstyle can last up to 6-8 weeks, depending on how it is managed.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I advise everyone considering this hairstyle to do their research. The difference between protective styling benefits and hair breakage is not entirely dependent on the technique of the hairdresser but also how the client handles their hair. For example, tying the hair up too tight can put too much tension on the hair and cause breakage.

There are two key tips that I share with my clients. Use a spray bottle to spray the twists with leave-in conditioner every 2-3 days or after washing to prolong that ‘like new’ look. Wear a silk scarf or bonnet when you sleep. If you’re a rough sleeper or just don’t find them comfortable, try switching to silk pillowcases!

Medium Braids

Q&A with style creator, Nijah Phillip
Hairstylist @ Hair by Nijah in Wilmington, NC


How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this style is that it is a protective style for the clients’ natural hair, but it’s still cute and trendy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to anyone wanting to try this style is to go for it simply! I promise you won’t regret it.