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Beautiful Senegalese Twists

Updated on November 28, 2012


The Senegalese Twist hairstyle is a very popular style worn particularly (but not limited to) by Afro-Caribbean women. It is a very versatile style for any formal and informal occasions. The Senegalese Twist originates from the country of Senegal in Africa. The Twist has been a popular style going back generations. The hairstyle is so beautiful and stylish it has never been out of fashion. Whether you hair is natural or textured, long or short, healthy or damaged, the Senegalese Twists will always look a million dollars.


The technique is achieved by twisting two strands of hair over each other whilst twisting the strands between your thumbs and index finger. Either your hair or the combination of your hair and hair extension is twisted down to the end then, dipped in hot water (if using Kanekalon hair extensions) to seal the ends and complete each individual twist.

There is definitely a certain technique to this process and can take time to perfect. The key is to keep the tension on the strands whilst twisting in order to keep the twists together, in fact finding a steady rhythm when twisting helps to get the motion and fingers moving steadily. However, there is a fine line to how much tension should be used and this comes with practice.


The difference between Senegalese Twists and the standard Braid, is the Twists resembles mini ropes which gives it a smooth and flowing appearance. There are numerous styles which can be created using Senegalese Twists; they can be wrapped high and pinned on the crown of your head, the curently popular Fishtail style looks great as well as a French Braid; the lists is endless.

The Senegalese Twists can be maintained for at least 6-8 weeks. Your hair can be washed using your normal routine or you could use a daily spritz combining your favourite hair conditioner and water. It would be advised to wrap your hair at night in order to keep the hair fresh and still looking its best. Twists are a great protective style to wear whilst giving your hair a break from relaxers, hot combing or the daily brushing and styling. If your hair is spritz daily and twisted neatly in sections, your hair will grow whilst in this protective style.


Patience Is All You Need

There are a lot of professional hairdressers which will be able to achieve this look for you. However, you have nothing to lose by learning this technique yourself. Take a look on Youtube to find an array of tutorials. If you are going to use hair extensions, it would be recommend to use Kanekalon type hair. Kanekalon is very similar to the texture of Afro-Caribbean hair (which has been texturised).

You will need a pair of scissors, a couple of butterfly clips/hair grips to separate your hair whilst twisting, mirror and patience. It can take between 8-12 hours to achieve a long lasting look; however, the length of style also has a factor.

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    • Sharkye11 profile image

      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful! One of my best friends styles her hair this way and it always looks so nice. Great hub with useful information!

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      TThomasson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you very much.

    • matthew francis profile image

      matthew francis 5 years ago from UK

      Great first post. Not my specialist area but now even I know more about the wonders of afro hair. Keep it up.