Twist hairstyles are not only stylish; they’re also practical, especially now that we’ve been social distancing 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 trending looks along the way. Scroll on for a roundup of some of the hottest looks we’ve seen around:
Our Favorite Twist Hairstyles
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 secured onto hair, twist hairstyles such as Nubian twists or Senegalese twists or even other twist-out styles may then be worn.
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.
3. Flat Twists
For flat twists, hair is split into two sections and twisted against the scalp. New hair is incorporated every few twists so the look lies flat and is built-in. 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.
4. Halo Twists
We love the halo twist. 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. 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.
5. Updo With Statement Chunky Braids
Make a major statement with this updo with statement chunky braids. We love this twist of rainbow-colored braids!
6. Pulled Back Flat Twist
This look is sleek and versatile! It works just as well for the office as it does for an evening out.
7. Yarn Twists
Yarn twists give your hair a slightly more textured feel. We love this shoulder-length style!
8. Waist Length Twists With A Quirky Updo
Go all out with a super long twisted style. The beauty of protective styles is that you can go from short to long in minutes.
9. Updo with a Swirl
We love this off-center swirled bun style for anyone looking for something a little different.
10. Twisted Ponytail
Twist your braids back into a low ponytail to keep them out of your face while still looking chic.
11. Twisted Pigtails
Upgrade a classic style with a more modern and edgier twist.
12. Tied Back Twists with Red Accents
Ask your stylist to include a few red twists here and there for a truly unique look.
13. Silky Flat Twist
This style is chic and elegant and one of our favorites of the collection.
14. Senegalese Twists
Try this classic style if you’re looking for a rope twisted look!
15. Red Puffy Twists
We love the look of oversized twists and we’re big fans of playing with a fun color!
16. Micro Twists
Micro twist hairstyles are a great option because they can be further styled into more intricate styles depending on how you like to wear your hair!
17. Medium Rope Twists In A Half Up Ponytail
Simply gather your braids into a half-up style to achieve this look.
18. Loose Twisted Style With Curls
Leave your curls be and twist the front of your hair to create a DIY headband style. Prep this style with some volume, add a hit of TRESemmé Volume Thickening Spray.
19. Long and Thick Twists
If you’re looking for a twisted style that doesn’t take too much time to create, you’ll want to try long and thick twists!
20. Kinky Twist Hairstyle
Kinky twists are one of the funkest alternatives to a classic twist style.
21. High Twist Bun
We love how chic and regal this high twisted bun looks!
22. Half Updo with Shoulder Length Twists
Show off your twists and your face with this beautiful half-up style.
23. Braided Style With Jumbo Twist Mohawk
Elevate your look with some major volume!
24. Asymmetrical Flat Twist Hairstyle Updo
This is another great style that will give your hair some major height.
25. Kinky Twist Updo With Looped Bang
Go retro with a kinky twist hairstyle updo with a looped bang!