Nubian Twist Hair: A Spotlight On This Natural Protective Look

Eunice Lucero | 04 May 2017

Nubian twist hair is great for transitioning back into your natural texture, too.

We’re beyond stoked that natural textures are finally getting the airtime and support they’ve long deserved. A lot of hair brands are now branching out to cater to curly, African-American hair needs, and tons of celebrities and style stars with this hair type are now being seen sporting unrelaxed strands. Protective hairstyles like twists and braids allow those with non-straightened hair to still have the look and feel of straighter, longer locks without the damage. And of these styles, Nubian twist hair is one of the closest we’ve seen to a twist with a natural texture.

What is Nubian Twist Hair?

nubian twist hair on older women
Nubian twists are a great protective hairstyle on women of all ages.

In a Nubian twist, hair is twisted using hair extensions that come with a very tight coily pattern—almost z-shaped, in fact. These particular extensions also don’t have that telltale sheen you typically see on the extensions used in other hairstyles, such as the Senegalese twist or box braids. The twists also usually end up being the shortest in length amongst all the twists once done (around collarbone-length or even shorter) and aren’t meant to look too “perfect.” They are also considered to be the softest twists.

1. A great transitional option.

Making the switch from relaxed hair to natural again can be challenging for a lot of women, especially during the awkward beginning stages where the roots are kinky and the rest of the hair is not. Doing hair up in Nubian twists can help you bypass this phase, as it conceals your in-between texture while also protecting hair from damage. And since the look is more natural than other twist hairstyles, you can also wear your extensions a bit looser than usual, putting less tension on the hairline.

2. Nubian twist hair care.

As is always the case with protective hairstyles, you can go longer between washes. We recommend washing with warm water every two weeks to gently rinse off your twists, then apply a bit of conditioner before a final rinse. Air-dry or blot-dry your hair very carefully to avoid frizz, then apply a leave-in conditioner or a hair oil to impart shine as well as seal in existing moisture, preventing the dread frizz-out.

3. Creating the look.

To do Nubian twist hair, first hold the extension in the middle so it bends over itself in a “U” shape. Hold the middle of the extension against one section of natural hair, so you’re now effectively holding three sections. To secure the extension, braid them into the root. Begin a regular braid—crossing left over middle, right over middle—for around three links, then switch to a two-strand twist by splitting the entire section (made up of the two extension sections and your natural hair) in half. Begin a rope twist from that point until the ends, and dip the ends in hot water for a few minutes to seal. The curled, slightly kinky ends provide a good finishing touch to your overall look.

Want more insight into other twist hairstyles? Check out our easy-to-follow guide.

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