At the rate the hair community is going, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to stay updated on the latest styles. Passion twists evolved into passion braids; Faux locs have been cut shorter to launch the trend of butterfly locs. So if you’re on the market for a new look but can’t quite adjust to the latest hairstyles, there’s nothing wrong with going back to the basics. Enter: Senegalese twists.
“Senegalese twists, also known as rope twists, are twists that use the two strand twist method where you twist the two strands right and overlap them to the left,” Susan Oludele, celebrity braider famously known as Hair by Susy or African Creature on Instagram, tells ELLE.com. The trick is to continue twisting the strands and overlapping them until you reach your desired length. “Senegalese twists are best with hair extensions but can be done on natural hair as well,” she adds. Like many protective styles, Senegalese twists are best preserved when wearing a satin bonnet or wrapping your hair with a scarf.
You’ve searched high and low for inspiration, but your search stops here. Ahead, 20 different ways to style your Senegalese twists.
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