For several weeks now, I planned to wear box braids as my summer protective style but at the last minute began to consider Senegalese twists instead. I asked all L4L Facebook fans which style I should get and unanimously you all responded “TWISTS!” so that’s what I went with. You’re so smart!!! I absolutely love the look of my Senegalese twists and am happy I chose this style.
Many of you have already had a look at this style from following my Instagram page (@EbonyCPrincess) and I promised to return with a full blog post with details and better photos. I chose Senegalese twists over box braids because 1) they are faster to install 2) they are faster to take out 3) many of you told me they place less stress on our hair 4) you also told me they require less manipulation. I had my twists done at Xclusive African Hair Braiding in Wilmington, Delaware. I would recommend this salon, but be prepared to SPEAK UP about the unhealthy practices you do not want them to do such as rough combing and applying gel to your hair. Despite this (which all braid shops seem to do) the stylists were very receptive to my feedback and wanted to make sure to give me exactly what I wanted.
As I said in the video, I instructed my stylist to make my twists large, but not quite jumbo; I explained that I did not want to have a ton of twists in my head. All the women in the shop (almost in unison) said “But you have so much hair and it is thick…you are going to have a lot of twists!” I nodded that I understood, but requested to have the parts for the twists larger than normal to avoid this as much as possible. See, since my hair is thick I knew I didn’t have to worry about the roots looking too thin or having a “scalpy” look. To those with thin hair, the size of my Senegalese Twists may not look the same on your head.
The current trend with twists is to dip the ends in hot water for a straight look. Although straight is also cute, I requested to have my ends curled using perm rods before dipping to have a different look. For those who are unfamiliar with this process, the ends will stay curly even when wet although it will loosen over time. The hair used to create this style is plain old synthetic Kanekelon hair (not Marley hair) and was provided by the shop.
Senegalese twists are a great protective style for any hair type – relaxed, natural or transitioning – and can last up to 10 weeks. I’ll be updating you on maintenance and different styles as I wear them.