The basic idea of the Senegalese twist is to twist the hair so that it
doubles back on itself, like a phone cord would if you held your finger
in one place, and then twisted it back. It's a handy style for people
with long hair or mature dreadlocks who want a temporarily shorter and
fuller look. Just remember that for locs the rules are the same as
for loose hair. Mind that tension at the roots during styling!
|| Senegalese twists are
fairly simple to do if you have an extra set of hands, or are a skilled
natural hairstylist. Many people have asked on the site and the list
how to do them, so I've decided to post the directions. Once you
see how they're done, you should start practicing doing them alone and
You will need to develop a professional level
of manual dexterity in order to add extensions to them.
This is a dangerous style when it comes to
braid tension during styling, so don't cheat.
Make sure your hair clip is very secure, or that your assistant is
holding on tight when they need to, or you can twist the hair right out
of the scalp.
The supplies you will need are:
A rat-tailed comb for parting
Hair clips or barettes
(optional but recommended for frizz reduction) Hair wax based on distilled
water or a non hardening protein gel
Rubber bands specifically for hair and/or filligree tubes.
The first thing to do, as always, is to plan. Even though individual
braids or twists seem like a straightforward task, you have to consider
the shape of the head and the varying hair thickness in different areas
of the head.
If all of your sections are parted exactly the same size, you will come
out with unevenly sized twists. Measure the best parting pattern
and sizes by how much actual hair you will get.
Because of this, most professionals use a sort of dome-grid pattern
or diamond shaped parts.