25 Best Twist Hairstyles for Natural Hair in 2020

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 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.

1. Crochet

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

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

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Havana twists feature a chunkier rope. Photo courtesy of Khalia Harrison

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

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Flat twists can also be worked as dreadlocks at the ends for a unique updo. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

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

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This pretty halo twist can go fully around your head like a crown, or as a headband version. Photo credit: Dvora

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

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These colorful braids definitely make a statement.

Make a major statement with this updo with statement chunky braids. We love this twist of rainbow-colored braids!

6. Pulled Back Flat Twist

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Pull your hair back and let your hair take center stage.

This look is sleek and versatile! It works just as well for the office as it does for an evening out.

7. Yarn Twists

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These chunky yarn braids are simple yet fashionable.

Yarn twists give your hair a slightly more textured feel. We love this shoulder-length style!

8. Waist Length Twists With A Quirky Updo

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The great thing about braided styles is that you can achieve waist-length hair instantly.

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

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Consider a more intricate style.

We love this off-center swirled bun style for anyone looking for something a little different.

10. Twisted Ponytail

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Twist your braids back.

Twist your braids back into a low ponytail to keep them out of your face while still looking chic.

11. Twisted Pigtails

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Upgrade a classic style.

Upgrade a classic style with a more modern and edgier twist.

12. Tied Back Twists with Red Accents

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Add a touch of red to you twists.

Ask your stylist to include a few red twists here and there for a truly unique look.

13. Silky Flat Twist


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Chic and elegant.

This style is chic and elegant and one of our favorites of the collection.

14. Senegalese Twists

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This protective rope twisted style is a classic.

Try this classic style if you’re looking for a rope twisted look!

15. Red Puffy Twists

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These oversized twists are so fun and take less time to create!

We love the look of oversized twists and we’re big fans of playing with a fun color!

16. Micro Twists

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This smaller variation is a great alternative to a classic twist.

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

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Proof that women with every hair type can wear a half up style.

Simply gather your braids into a half-up style to achieve this look.

18. Loose Twisted Style With Curls

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Wear a twisted style without sacrificing your 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

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This long and thick style takes no time at all to create.

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

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Kinky twists are a funkier alternative to a classic style.

Kinky twists are one of the funkest alternatives to a classic twist style.

21. High Twist Bun

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Wrap your twists up into a high bun.

We love how chic and regal this high twisted bun looks!

22. Half Updo with Shoulder Length Twists

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Maintain your part and pull your twists into a low half up style.

Show off your twists and your face with this beautiful half-up style.

23. Braided Style With Jumbo Twist Mohawk

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Amp up the volume.

Elevate your look with some major volume!

24. Asymmetrical Flat Twist Hairstyle Updo

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Ask your stylist to create an asymmetrical updo for you.

This is another great style that will give your hair some major height.

25. Kinky Twist Updo With Looped Bang

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We love the retro vibes of this looped bang.

Go retro with a kinky twist hairstyle updo with a looped bang!

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