*** Note: To see an updated version of my twists, click here. (3/31/2013)
Every morning I find myself rushing to work after spending way too much time trying to get my hair to “act right” or look halfway decent. What ended up happening was that I was pulling my hair up (or back) into a bun, adding Marley Braiding Hair and jetting out the door. This caused a lot of tangling and shedding and I knew I had to do something so that my year and a half (maybe more) of hard work wouldn’t be undone. Not only did I need new ideas for styling my hair, the temperature drop meant I couldn’t wet it everyday like I was doing in the summer…which made styling it even more of a challenge.
So, I tried a hairstyle I’ve been wanting to try for months – Senegalese Twists.
Senegalese Twists originated in Senegal, West Africa. This style is very similar to box braids, but with twists instead. I didn’t really buy into the box braid trend, mostly because I hate the way braids look on me. It doesn’t matter what type of braids they are, my face and braids just don’t get along. Even though this style is very similar to braids, the twists give it more elegance in my opinion.
It took me three days (I took SEVERAL breaks lol) to finish the twists, and here’s how I did them:
First, I went to a local beauty supply store and purchased five bags of 100% Kanekalon Hair at $1.99 each. I bought five because most of the tutorial videos I saw on YouTube used 4-5 bags. I also bought oil sheen and spritz at the recommendation of one of the store employees. I haven’t used either yet, but with some of the styles I’m going to try, I’m sure I will.
I washed my hair and let it air dry as I started the twists. I didn’t want to use heat if I didn’t have to and as thick as my hair is, I knew that it would dry in no time. In hindsight, blow drying it probably would have been a better idea because I had to comb through it and it was very difficult in some areas because my hair had shrunk so much.
I tried two different methods of getting each twist started. One method was twisting it at the root and the other was braiding it at the root. Although the twisting method looked better, it unraveled each time I tried to finish a twist. After a full section was done the braided roots didn’t look so bad, especially as and when the twists were smaller.
To secure the ends, I dipped them in boiling water for about 30 seconds. After they were dry, I clipped any stray hair from the ends so that it looked as neat and polished as possible.
For style inspiration, there are a ton of videos on YouTube that should help get you going. If I can manage to successfully do any that I find, I’ll be sure to post them!