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senegalese twist

Senegalese twists or rope twists originated from Senegal. When done properly, a Senegalese twist can be installed and removed easily. One of the best things about the Senegalese twist is that this protective style is extremely versatile. It can be worn up or down, coiled, twisted, wrapped or curled.

Senegalese twists are an ideal option for those who prefer a smooth look and don’t want to have much texture. You can also do a micro Senegalese twist if you prefer small twists. It will keep your natural hair healthy and shiny without sacrificing your style.

Depending on the state of your real hair, creating the Senegalese twist may require you to use extensions. If you have thick hair, there won’t be problems. Adding extensions will add to the cost, so you should consider this factor.

The cost of installing Senegalese twists will also be affected by where you’re having it done. If you’re going to the salon, it will probably be on the expensive side. You can do the job yourself, but you should learn the right twisting technique to achieve your desired result.

Factors To Consider

Another factor to consider is the time needed for Senegalese twist hairstyles. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, it could take eight hours or more. In case it is your first time trying this hairstyle, you can try the micro Senegalese twists. This will help you determine whether you can tolerate and maintain the style.

Senegalese twists

Also, you need to consider what style of Senegalese twists to go with. If you have thick 4a hair, opting for smaller braids will result in you having too many braids. Plus, this hairstyle takes some prep time. It’s not something you’ll want to decide to do at the last minute. Also, you should consider the added weight of the braids. If your hair is thin, do yourself a favor and go for micro braids.

Marley Twists vs. Senegalese Twists

Marley twists are also called Marley braid hair. It resembles the texture of natural hair, but is coarser than synthetic hair. Marley twists are installed through the invisible root technique that covers the root of the hair and is twisted using a two-strand technique. It provides your hair with a thick dreadlock look.

Senegalese twists are installed similarly to Marley twists. The main difference is in the hair that’s used. Senegalese twists usually use Kanekalon hair that gives it a smoother and tighter look. It looks less dreadlock-like and is thinner in diameter.

Hair for Senegalese Twist

What type of Senegalese twist hair should you use? The most commonly used types of hair for Senegalese twists are Toyokalon and Kanekalon. Furthermore, the latter is more realistic looking as it is shiny, cheap and easy to manage.

It is ideal for making medium Senegalese twists and big Senegalese twist. Toyokalon is light and is a premium synthetic fiber. It becomes tangled easily if not correctly used. Toyokalon is ideal for smaller-sized Senegalese twists. Some people choose to use human hair, but experts advise to use synthetic hair because the texture can help the twists last longer.

How Many Packs of Hair for Crochet Senegalese Twist

Check out the best selling crochet senegalese twist hair. This brand has 20 strands in one pack and it comes with 8 packs, which normally is enough for one head.

Using pre-twisted hair can help you create a Senegalese crochet twist within 3 hours. The thickness of the twists will determine how many packs of hair you will need. Crochet braids can last for 1 to 2 months. Also, the braid pattern doesn’t need to be complicated. It is best that you do what you already know to avoid mistakes.

It is also important to be mindful of the spacing. You don’t want the hair to be too thick or thin. Make the hair as even as possible. It is fine if the hair is not even as it will give your locks a more natural appearance. The twists in the front of your hair must be closer together to hide your cornrows. Install it as close to your edges as possible to achieve a natural look.

How to Do Senegalese Twist

Don’t want to watch the video, below is a quick tutorial.

In order to create Senegalese twists, your natural hair should be at least a half inch or longer. Senegalese twists work well with either relaxed or natural hair. Choose the kind of hair extension you want to use – Kanekalon or Marley. If you want to create a medium-length style, you need to get 3 to 4 packs of hair.

Now, you have to separate and trim the hair strands. If the hair is woven together, you should gently rub them between your fingers. The extensions should be separated into sections based on how wide you’d like the twists to be. Fold every section in half. It should form a “U” shape.

The bend is the part where the extension section will be added to the real hair. The two ends will be interlaced into the twists. Use salon scissors to trim the strands to your preferred length.

While I’m thinking about it, with this style or even locs, wash your hair with Pure Nature shampoo and conditioner.

Use a detangling spray and wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair. You can dry your hair with a blow dryer or allow it to dry naturally. Damp braids that are not dried completely can cause scalp issues like dandruff, fungus or mildew. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

It’s recommended that you sit under a dryer for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have a dryer, let your braids air dry. Do not try and style your braids until they are dry.

Best Practices

It’s best that you part your hair before separating it into sections. Trying to adjust the part after doing the twists will be difficult, if not impossible. Divide your hair into four even sections. Next, divide each of those squares into four sections too. Each square that you create should be about 1″ or less in width.

If your hair is really thick, comb each square to get rid of any tangles. Use your fingers to twist each section of hair to the right slowly. Keep twisting until that square of hair has been twisted into a coil. Repeat the same process again. To keep your hair in place use Jamaican Mango & Lime Resistant Formula Locking Gel.

FOUR Step Process To Seal Ends of Senegalese Twists

  1. If you have smooth hair, you have to gently knot the ends of your hair before sealing them in hot water.
  2. Boil water then pour the hot water in a bowl. Dip the ends of your hair in the boiling water to hold the twists in place. Leave your hair ends in the hot water for about one minute. Afterward, wrap a towel around your hair, so you don’t burn yourself.
  3. Let your hair dry naturally. Treat the ends of your hair with Obsessed Hair Oil. Dip the ends of your rope twists in the oil. After your hair is dry, it will keep the ends of your hair moisturized.
  4. Always sleep with a silk scarf to avoid causing friction damage to your hair. This will also keep your twists looking like you just stepped out of the natural hair salon.

It’s very important to hydrate your natural hair while wearing this protective style. If you don’t, your hair and extensions will get ratty and brittle.

Keep hair lubricated by massaging Obsessed Hair Oil, which is a conditioning hair oil on your scalp and hair ends.

Obsessed Hair Oil

For this particular style, moisturizing your scalp is important, but your hair ends need the most TLC. Why? Normally, this hair style uses synthetic hair. Synthetic hair can dehydrate your hair, which leads to hair shaft damage and hair breakage during the take-down process.

Senegalese Twist Hairstyles

Here are some of the best Senegalese twist styles that you can try. These styles work well for blonde Senegalese twists, long Senegalese twist or whatever your mood might be.

Top Knot Bun and Ponytail

You can dress up your Senegalese twists in different ways. If you want something simple and elegant, you can style the front section of your hair in a top knot and gather the back in a high ponytail. Or, do a top knot bun one day and a ponytail the next. You’re a boss lady and the world is your oyster. You decide!

senegalese twist top knot bun

senegalese twist ponytail

Braided Updo

I love this intricate design.

Senegalese twists braided updo

Braided Top Knot and Two French Braids


Big Senegalese Twist Made into a Top Knot


Big, chic Senegalese Braid


senegalese twist with color



Highlighted Twist Braids

You can always add some color to your braids. Having big locks may not be enough to make you stand out. The color blend on your hair plays a vital role in creating your desired hairdo. You can use color highlights to spice up your hairstyle.


Asymmetrical Bob With Senegalese Twists

I love this simple, but elegant hair style. It is great for the office, running errands or going out to dinner. It is so versatile. It’s giving me life!!

Asymmetrical Bob With Senegalese Twists

How To Maintain Senegalese Twists

When you have Senegalese twists, you shouldn’t wash your hair more than once a week. Dilute your shampoo with equal parts water to prevent the twists from unraveling. Again, apply a light oil, like Obsessed Hair Oil on your scalp and hair ends two to three times during the week for hydration. The last thing you want is dry, brittle hair.

You should also spray liquid leave-in conditioner on the braids every day. Liquid conditioner or braid spray can keep your hair healthy. Apply it once a day. One of my favorite’s is Taliah Waajid Black Earth Natural Protective Leave-In Conditioner.

Don’t use creamy conditioners while your braids are in place as this kind of conditioner can leave residue and build-up. This can create knots along the base of the twists too.

Wrapping your twists in a satin scarf before going to bed can prevent nighttime dryness. It also prevents the twists from being damaged or unraveled. Don’t tie the scarf too tight. It is also a good idea to keep your hair tied back to keep it in place.

How to Take Out Senegalese Twists

Set aside a few hours when taking out your Senegalese twists. You can ask a friend or family member to help you unravel the twists. This way, you won’t get bored as it can take awhile because you need to be gentle with your hair. By spraying your scalp and hair with a blend of oil, water and conditioner it will soften the twists and make them easier to take out.

After removing and detangling the twists, you should shampoo and condition your hair with an Argan oil infused product. You can then blow dry your hair. Also, if you want to install Senegalese twists again, you should wait at least one week, so that you don’t damage your hair.

One of the best things about Senegalese twists is that you can do it on your own. No matter what style you choose, and the styles are limitless, you can’t go wrong. With proper hair care, your Senegalese twists will last for a long time.

How Long Does A Senegalese Twist Last

Senegalese twists are among the most popular protective hairstyles that keep hair damage and breakage at bay. This particular hairstyle is also easy to maintain, so you don’t have to go to the salon too often, or ever.

So, how long do Senegalese twists last?

On average you can expect your twists to last for about 12 weeks. It all depends on how you maintain your Senegalese twists. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind. Follow these tips, and your Senegalese twists can last longer.

  • Never twist wet hair. When coiling your hair, make sure to twist it like a rope.
  • Always braid your Senegalese twists before washing your hair. Don’t forget to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
  • Keep your twists braided while air drying them.

Twists that are done on wet hair become frizzy and tend to become undone faster than twists done on dry hair. Stretch your hair to the breaking point in order to get a tight twist. Use Crème of Nature with Argan Pudding Perfection, which is a twist pudding. It make styling your twist hairstyle, so much easier. Another product that you might like better is Luster’s Pink Shea Butter Coconut Oil Curl And Twist Pudding.

Twist Pudding Recipe

Twisting puddings can be made mixing shea butter, gel and oil. It is also important to moisturize your hair properly. Look for a moisturizer that lasts long, so you don’t have to re-apply it for days. Check out this recipe here.

Twist and Curl Pudding

Final Tips

  • Braiding your twists before washing your hair can keep them intact. It is also done to keep frizzing to a minimum. Keeping your twists braided while air drying reduces shrinkage.
  • Use smaller twists because this style lasts longer. Larger twists usually have a more relaxed coil, so they can easily unravel over time. Smaller twists have a smaller surface area of exposure, so the style is less prone to frizzing. The coils are also stretched and stronger.
  • Use smooth braid extensions. It is easier to twist, so you can do your Senegalese twists faster. Redo your edges to keep your twists beautiful.
  • Re-do your edges periodically and twist them again to keep your hair nice and neat.
  • It’s ok to do your own hair, but work on your twisting technique. Don’t pull your hair too tight. You should twist your hair as gently as possible. Pulling the strands of the twists too tightly can cause the roots of your hair to be under pressure, which can cause hair damage.


Creating Senegalese twists is easy if you know what to do. The twists are also easy to maintain and don’t require a lot of work either. Moisturize your hair end and scalp on a regular basis with Obsessed Hair Oil. This will prevent your strands from unraveling while keeping your scalp and hair hydrated.

Follow these tips and your Senegalese twists will be protected from frizziness and wear and tear. You can keep your hair beautiful with minimal effort.

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