Senegalese Twists

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What Are They?

The Senegalese twist is a style that originated in West Africa. The Protective style comes from Senegal and is widely adopted in the African American community.

The Senegalese Twist involves two-strand twists wrapped around each other. Each sectioning of the natural hair gets its own twist. Sectioning for twist styles is very close to methods used in box braids and cornrows.

Senegalese twist use mostly synthetic hair. The synthetic hair and texture bring a very vibrant and shiny look. Many use hairs like Kanekalon and Marley Hair.

Difference Between Senegalese, Marley, & Passion Twists

All three of these options are all in the “Twist” hairstyle category. 

  • Senegalese twists are more vibrant and shiny.
  • Marley twists closely resemble Senegalese twist but are less shiny and are rougher in texture.
  • Passion twists, like Senegalese twists, are two-strand twists.

    The difference is that passion twists are not as tightly twisted and are almost left unraveled; slightly offering a more springy look.

Similar names and hairstyles that you will commonly find online are Spring Twists and Kinky Twists.

21 Words & Phrases Associated With Specific Twist Hairstyles

  1. Small (micro)
  2. Medium
  3. Jumbo
  4. Short
  5. Long
  6. Half-Up Half-Down
  7. Burgundy
  8. Top Knot
  9. Ponytail
  10. Blonde
  11. Red
  12. Ombre
  13. Curly
  14. Bun
  15. Bob
  16. Purple
  17. Brown
  18. Wavy
  19. Two-Tone
  20. Deep Side Part
  21. Long and Natural


Are Senegalese Braided twists heavy?

It depends on the length and how much hair you use. If you are going for a Jumbo twist, then you might feel a little tension on your scalp. Regular and large Senegalese twists weigh less than box braid. This is largely due to the fact that they only use two strands of hair to achieve the twists. When installing twist, remember if you have long hair, the versatility of hairstyles are endless.

What types of hair Are used?

Twist updos require more textured and dry hair. Because of the hair care needed, synthetic hairs are a more common choice. Use Marley hair, Kanekalon, and Toyokalon (yaki braiding hair) for best results. Stay away from hairs with curly ends.

What hair color Should I get?

Ombre goes very well with black women, and we also recommend Strawberry Blonde. For Natural hairstyles, try matching your color and tone.

Which last longer, Senegalese or Crochet Passion?

Senegalese definitely require more hair care than crochet braids. They weigh less but more likely to untangle. Both of these are protective hairstyles. They protect the natural hair. Properly maintained twist braids can last up to 3 months. While crotchet passion twist styles can last up to 3 months.

Can I dip Hair twists in hot water?

You should always seek help from a stylist or watch tutorials before using the hot water method. As you dip the extensions, remember to not burn yourself or your scalp. For a kinky twist, try to not leave hair dipped too long or the water to be too hot. Human hair typically isn’t used in Senegalese twist, but if needed, leave in water for a little longer before using.

How many packs Do I need To Buy?

6-10; For a full head of two-strand twists, you will likely need 6-10 packs of hair.

How long do crochet Senegalese twist last After Their Installed?

8-16 weeks with low-maintenance; you can expect your Senegalese twists to last anywhere from 8-16 weeks depending on how you care for them. You should wrap your hair every night in a high bun with a satin bonnet to protect the hair.

How long does it take to Install?

6-10 hours for a full head; this an average amount of time taken from our certified Locticians. With a full head of hair and your rope twist, hair extensions pre-stretched it will help speed up the process.


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