The Best Twist Hairstyles to Try Now

Eunice Lucero | 19 September 2018
how to create marley twist hairstyles

If you love the look of twists, hairstyles like these might just be your next signature look.

Twist hairstyles are not only stylish; they’re also practical, especially now that the seasons are changing and most of us are in the mood to switch things up. Braid twist hairstyles are also considered protective hairstyles, since they usually consist of weaving in hair extensions onto a person’s real, natural hair, thus shielding it from heat and styling damage for weeks at a time.

That said, it’s no wonder that twisted hairstyles are a popular choice for women in the natural hair community. They offer both a respite from styling and manipulation, all the while serving up some sick, trending looks along the way. Scroll on for a roundup of some of the hottest looks we’ve seen around:

Hair Twists: Our Fave Fashionable and Practical Twist Hairstyles

crochet twist hairstyles
A crochet is a weave that’s, as the name suggests, “crocheted” into a cornrow. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Crochet

We love that the crochet hair twist has been making a big splash again, as a lot of us first fell in love with this look back in the ’90s. It’s a method that features extensions woven into cornrows of natural hair via a latch-hook (or crochet) needle. Once secure onto hair, twist hairstyles such as Nubian twists or Senegalese twists or even other twist-out styles may then be worn.

senegalese twist hairstyles
Twist hairstyles like the Senegalese twist feature a shiny, slightly skinny rope twist.
havana twist hairstyles
Havana twists feature a chunkier rope of hair twists. Photo courtesy of Khalia Harrison
marley twist hairstyles
Marley twist hairstyles feature another brand of extensions but are also slightly thick and chunky.
micro twist hairstyles
A micro-twisted hairstyle is characterized by very thin rope twists.

2. Senegalese, Marley and Havana Twists

These African-rooted twist hairstyles are similar in style. They all feature extensions styled in a rope twist, secured onto real hair at the base. They vary in width and type of hair extensions used, with Senegalese twists being thinner and shinier by nature, and Havana twists being a bit chunkier and more natural-textured. Depending on the snugness of your twists, the ends may be left untied, secured with an elastic or even dipped into hot water to seal them off. Keep these styles fresh in between washes with some dry shampoo (we recommend Suave Professionals Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo)!

flat twist hairstyle updo
Flat twists can also be worked as dreadlocks at the ends for a unique updo. Photo credit:

3. Flat Twists

When you speak of flat twists, hair is split into two sections and twisted against the scalp (like cornrows, but not braided). New hair is incorporated every few twists so the look lies flat and is built-in (at least until your nape). It’s not loose and free-hanging like twisted hairstyles like the Senegalese, Havana or Marley twist. This style is great for women with natural-textured hair that hasn’t been straightened or reinforced with extensions. We love this style with some high shine, so don’t forget to use some Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray for hold and serious shine.

halo twist hairstyles
This pretty halo twist can go fully around your head like a crown, or as a headband version. Photo credit: Dvora
fringe twist hairstyles
Work a rope twist into your fringe for a fun style tweak. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Halo Twists

African-American hair may also be worn flat-twisted in looks like the halo twist, which features hair worn in a headband style across the head. To achieve, simply start above one ear, and take a section from the front and one from the back and begin a flat twist. Grab new hair every few twists so your halo becomes built into your scalp. Move all the way across till you end up above your opposite ear. Secure with pins. You can also work the halo around your entire head, like a crown braid. Make sure your hairline is smooth and maintained to give this look a sleek and professional looking vibe. Bed Head by TIGI Stick is perfect for keeping your edges smooth and cooperative.


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