Whatever natural hair texture you have, twist braids are a gorgeous alternative to regular braids. Instead of a regular braid which uses 3 sections of hair, a twist braid uses 2 sections of hair. The “twist” part comes in because each section is twisted on its own before it’s twisted around the other section. This creates the soft and feminine look of the twist and keeps its shape. Twist hairstyles come in all lengths and sizes, can be worn down or as an up-do, and (best of all) they’re easy to do!
50 Boho Chic Twist Braids Styles to Rock This Summer
Straight, wavy, curly and kinky hair can all be styled with twists. To create a twist braid, split the hair into 2 sections. Twist both sections in the same direction, then twist one section over the other in the opposite direction that the individual pieces are twisted. For example, if you’ve twisted the individual sections to the right holding one section of hair in each hand, you would pass the piece in your right hand over the left (to the left) before switching the section in your left hand to your right hand.
For black women with long natural hair twist hairstyles or “senegalese twists” are a great protective style that holds well with your natural texture and provides a nice alternative to box braids hairstyles. Twist braids can also be worn as a weave using the crochet method or twisted into shorter natural hair.
Starting with the natural hair braided, the crochet method uses a hair crochet needle to pull the loop end of each senegalese twist through the braid. Then the end of the piece is threaded through the looped part to tighten and secure it to the braid.
Twisting into your natural hair is similar to creating a rope braid. Start by parting and twisting your natural hair to get the spacing and parts that you want. Then unwind one section and twist the extension into your hair. Continue twisting all the way down to the ends and secure as needed.
Ready? Let’s do the twist! Check out these 50 hair ideas that show just how many ways you can wear twist braids: from simple up-do’s to long luxurious crochet twist hairstyles to gym chic looks that go with your athleisure.
1. Pink Crochet Twist Style With Hair Jewelry
Colored crochet twist styles are a fun way to combine the twist look with the 2018 trend of bright colored hair. This particular look is on total goddess status. Rose gold hair is incredibly flattering to just about every skin tone. This pink shade goes beautifully with light, ethereal makeup for a soft glow effect.
2. Classic Twist Updo and Chignon
To get this look, start your twist at the front, and add hair to the bottom section as you go along. Secure the twist in a low ponytail, then pull it apart gently to get the loose, undone look. Wrap the pony into a low chignon, pull out a couple of face-framing pieces, and you’re all done!
3. Side Twist Braids Tied Back With Scarf
A side twist style is a perfect hairstyle for women with shorter front pieces that you want to get out of your face. Get some product in your hair so the pieces stay put. Start from the front and add a little more hair to the sections on every pass. Finish with a low ponytail and wrap with a scarf.
4. Natural Color Senegalese Twist Crochet Hair
Medium thickness hair twists in a natural deep brunette color look natural and elegant at any length. If you like long braids hairstyles you can mix it up with twists, which give the hair a lighter, fuller appearance than box braids. Styling in a side part gives some added volume.
5. Long, Shiny Twisted African Braid Style
A ponytail is a cute easy hairstyle to relieve pressure on the scalp. Flip your hair to the front. Get two sections from the base of your neck, cross them, then wrap them around the front and meet in the back to hold the ponytail. Adjust to where you want it, then tie the pieces with 2 knots to secure.
6. Modern Hairstyle With Elegant Twist Accent
You can add some interest to a basic up-do with a small twist. To get this look, start by gently back-combing the hair. Take a 2-3 inch piece from just in front of the crown and create a twist. Gather the hair into a low chignon with the twist pinned in at the nape.
7. Mid Length Auburn Senegalese Twist Crochet Hair
This simple style is just what you need when you want your hair off your face. Gather the twists from above your eyebrows to your ears. Bring each section to the back and secure with a hair tie at the nape. For added volume at the crown, gently lift the twists under the hair elastic.
8. Twisted Long Braids Hairstyles for Special Events
This is so easy you won’t believe it! Take 2 small sections from the front and tie them loosely like a half-updo. Flip that ponytail up and around itself to twist or “roll” the hair. Repeat with a smaller section of hair below the first, but roll it below the first elastic. Repeat to the end of the braid.
9. Cute Semi-Gloss Twisted Black Hair Braids
The semi-gloss shine and color of these twists look natural and beautiful. If you’re twisting into your own natural hair instead of using the crochet method, you can play with the parts like she did here. The sections of natural hair are parted in a triangle design which adds a pretty design element at the roots.
10. Twisted Dutch Braids and Bubble Ponytail
Twists are a pretty hairstyle to show off the contrast in highlights. The process is the same as a rope twist, you’re just adding hair to each section as you go. Keep the sections larger to get this loose look. Secure the hair at the nape, then add elastics and pull out the hair between to get the bubble pony.
11. Twist Black Hairstyle Styled in High Bun
To get this high bun, start by flipping the hair over and pulling it into a high ponytail with a hair tie. Make 2 sections and loosely twist them before wrapping them around the base of the ponytail. Tuck the ends into the hair tie. When you have highlight pieces this is a beautiful way to show off the pop of color.
12. Cascading Twist Braids and Loose Bun
This is a pretty everyday style that you can do in five minutes. Part the hair in the middle. Take a small section from each half at the front to start your rope twist. Add a small piece to each section as you twist towards the back. Bring the sections together in a low ponytail at the nape and wrap into a simple bun.
13. Gorgeous Long Natural Look Twist Crochet Hair
Twists into the natural hair are a simple, pretty hairstyle that’s easy to maintain. This is one of those cute hairstyles for girls or women that you can wear every day and easily dress up as needed.
14. Pretty Deep Purple Crochet Twist Hairstyle
The color on these twists is so dark it looks black from far away but looks a little closer and it’s a beautiful amethyst color. That deep purple is really flattering and it brings out the olive skin tones. This looks beautiful if you like to do your make up with pinks, purples, and browns because it complements those colors nicely.
15. Black Braided Hairstyle With a Deep Side Part
Play with your part to get different looks with your twists. A deep side part like this is really pretty and shows off your face. It looks great with statement earrings like these big hoops or something like a chandelier or metallic tassel earrings. Complete the look with a bold, bright eye and neutral gloss.
16. Oversized Twist Braids in a Half-up Style
If you have a really thick hair this is a great style to keep it managed. Start at the front with two sections twisting around each other and add a piece of hair as you go through each twist toward the back. Secure the back with pins in a knot and let the ends hang down.
17. Thick Twist Braids Hairstyle With Charms
Jumbo twists are so striking and they look really cool in a semi-gloss that’s not super shiny but has a pretty luster. Adding in hair jewelry is a really nice touch. You can see where they used simple silver rings and then added in some with charms to mix it up.
18. Curly Twists Up-do With Flower Crown
This is an amazing bohemian look. Put your twists up into a half ponytail or if you have a flower crown headband you can simply put the headband on and pull some of the twists in the back up slightly to give volume. Then add more flowers to the front along the length of the hair.
19. Golden Crochet Braids Twisted in Wrapped Ponytail
This is a really pretty way to add elegance to a basic ponytail. Section out some braids in the front on one side. Let that section fall forward and pull the rest of your hair into a high ponytail. Sweep the front section across to the other side and behind the ponytail and wrap the ends around the ponytail.
20. Romantic Unstructured Long Twisted Braids
This is another lovely Bohemian look that would be beautiful for an outdoor wedding or a special date night. Start with a crown twist. In the back twist two pieces around one another using the rope braid technique described above. Secure the end with a hair tie then pull and piece out the rope braid to get that loose appearance.
21. Simple Twisted Half-up Style With Beach Waves
This cute hairstyle could not be simpler. Take two small sections of hair and loosely connect them with a hair tie in the back. Take a second small section at the front, gently twist them, and then twist them around the pulled back pieces. On the last pass let them hang down through in the back of the hair.
22. Pretty Maroon and Black Hair Braids
The combination of maroon and black twists in this African braids hairstyle is a really flattering color combo. You can play with different half up styles by parting down the middle or parting down the side as you see here for a softer more romantic look. Secure twists in the back with pins or a hair tie.
23. Twists in Tight Box Braids Hairstyle Look
A classic jumbo twist like this really makes a statement and does not need much styling. The length and thickness give a nice full look. These can get to feel really heavy especially the longer they’re in, so be prepared with some updo styles to give your scalp a break.
24. Easy Cool Fitness Style for 2018
This cute easy hairstyle is as secure as a French braid so it’s great for working out. Just start with two sections of the front, twist in the same direction then twist one over the other and add a section of hair each time. When you get to the ends secure with a hair elastic.
25. Shoulder-length Hairstyle for Women With Red Highlight
Shoulder length jumbo twists are perfect for summer and they look really beautiful when used with crochet braids technique. Add in one or two colored pieces like the red highlight you see here to frame the face. Or just keep it neutral and match your natural black or deep brunette color.
26. Beautiful Side Twist Braid for Thick Hair
If you have a lot of hair this is for you. This BoHo look is fit for a princess. Gather your hair to one side then start your twist braid. Once you get about 3 inches below the ear you should have all of the hair added into the twist. Continue to the ends and secure with a hair tie.
27. Senegalese Twist Long Bob With Hair Jewelry
These adorable shoulder length jumbo twists give lots of volumes and lift to frame the face. Gold hair jewelry is a lovely way to accent the hair and give it some sparkle. This is one of those really cute hairstyles for girls or women who want something a little more playful and fun.
28. Sweet Twisted Half-up Curly Braids
These twisted curly braids would be great for an event or second-day style. Section 2 pieces in the front and do the rope twist technique on each piece towards the back. Secure with a hair elastic and use one of the ends to wrap around and then fan out to cover the elastic.
29. African Braids Hairstyle Wrapped in High Bun
If you’ve got long twists this is an awesome way to mix up the look especially when it’s hot outside or you just want a look that’s polished and put together. Start with a high ponytail then wrap into a bun and secure with pins. Go around and talk any loose ends into the hair and you’re done!
30. Ash Blonde Twist Braids Hairstyle
If you have color in your natural hair and you want to give it a break from heat styling this is a great way to do it. Even if hair is damaged, twists make the color look healthier and can give your hair a break and time to repair and grow.
31. Minimalist Half-up Twist Style for Long Hair
Bored with the same old half a ponytail? Try this instead. Part down the middle and section out two pieces above the temples. You only need to do about six or seven twists then take the section back to just below the crown and pin it into place. Do the same with the other side and you’re done.
32. Amethyst Senegalese Twists With Deep Side Part
Of all the hair ideas, purple twists have got to be one of the best. These are nice and glossy which makes the dark purple color shine. You can keep the shine going by applying hair oil to maintain the twists. This color goes really well with soft feminine makeup and springtime colored clothing. If that’s your thing then this is your hair.
33. Fine Twist Braids in Crown Braid Up-Do
One of the best things about having smaller twists is that you can do more delicate styles like this. Start a section of hair above the left temple and braid it, directing hair over to the right. Collect the rest of the hair into a low side ponytail. Where the braid and ponytail meet, wrap the braid around the ponytail.
34. Pretty Side Braid With Fine Crochet Braids
This is another awesome style for school or work. Easy twist braids like this are a great way to pull back your hair without having to do a ponytail. Sweep your hair over to one side and section into three pieces. Loosely braid three sections and secure with a hair tie about 4 inches from the bottom.
35. Shiny Black Twist Braids Hairstyle
This is a great example of twisting into the natural hair. These awesome high gloss twists are super polished and twisted into very small sections of the natural hair. Putting in this many twists will take a while, but you know what they say: good hair comes to those who wait!
36. Long Crochet Hair Twists in Half-up Style
You can see that there are multiple sizes of twists in this hairstyle with larger ones on the top of the head and smaller ones towards the bottom. This gives a natural definition, movement, and shape to the hairstyle. Gather the top section of hair in a loose ponytail to get this volume and style.
37. Twist Cornrows With Side Part Style
If a side part is your go-to hairstyle, then twist cornrows on one side will save you so much time and make your hair look “done” every day. These crochet hair twists use a few rows of twist cornrows only on one side. The effect is a side part that directs the hair to fall to the left.
38. Long, Thick Twists With Batik Head Wrap
If you want to mix it up or your edges aren’t done or are you just really like hair wraps this is a bold way to style your twists. This print head wrap is very large but you can easily do a simple bandanna or silk scarf to get the same pop of color and keep your hair pulled back.
39. Long Twist Black Hairstyle for Summer
Instead of a long braids hairstyles, you can try these thinner twists. It gives hair a different texture that’s a little softer than box braids but still really structured and with a lot of pretty movement. These glossy black hair braids are twisted into the natural hair and look great with a summer ensemble.
40. Black Braided Hairstyle in Pigtails
You can get a really soft romantic look with…pigtails. No, really! The part on the side for a little more sophistication. Pull each section of hair over your shoulder towards the front. Using one twist from behind your ear, wrap it around the pigtail one time and then loop through to create a knot or secure it with a pin.
41. Beautiful Twist Braids With Gold Hair Jewelry
Hair jewelry is a fantastic way to add more personality to your hair twists. Simple gold cuffs like this are really easy to add to the hair. You can also use minimalist pieces like small rings, decorative wire art hair jewelry with intricate designs, or hair rings with things like pearls, charms, and gems to add some sparkle.
42. Warm Blonde Twist Hair Style
If you like the lighter color but don’t want to bleach your hair, these blonde hair twists are a pretty hair idea that protects your hair from damage. You can do all-over color like this, mix it up with a few different shades to create a highlight effect or add in just a couple of lighter pieces around the face.
43. Black to Blush Ombre Twist Black Hairstyle
This is another awesome BoHo look that gets in on the popular ombre hair color trend. Depending on the length of your natural hair you may be able to achieve this look by twisting the pink extensions into your own hair. Otherwise, you may have to find custom extensions. The baby pink is a gorgeous alternative to white or blonde.
44. Upside Down Twist Braid and High Bun
Instead of an upside-down braid try an upside-down twist! Flip your hair over and start from the base twisting a small section and adding in hair as you go. When you reach the crown tie up all the hair and fan it out into a high bun. You can pull on the twist gently to loosen it up.
45. Criss Crossed Twists Into Pigtails
This is a super cute hairstyle for girls with medium or long hair. Start with a middle part, then get two sections of hair into small ponytails. Section the hair in back into low pigtails. Make a rope braid with each upper section and cross them in the back toward the pigtail on the opposite side.
46. Thick Twists in a High Ponytails
Depending on the type of here you use for your twist you may have to secure the ends with hair elastic’s like this, which gives the hair twists a little bit of a grunge rock look. Finish off with some hair jewelry and you’re good to go. The high ponytail will show off the style and all of its elements.
47. Long and Luxe Twist African Braid Style
These jumbo twists have it all going on. They’re high gloss, super long, thick and voluminous. The style looks amazing. The downside is that twists this long and heavy can really weigh on your scalp so you may want to save this for a special occasion. Give your head a break by changing your part, or wearing buns or ponytails.
48. Simple Double Twist Hairstyle for Girls
This is a cute, easy way to change up from French braids. Just like you add in pieces of hair with a French braid, do the same thing here but with 2 pieces. Start at the front like French braid pigtails, twist the hair and add some each time you pass the twist over all the way to the ends.
49. Deconstructed Twisted Braid Half-up Style
Start with the hair parted down the middle. On each side take a small section from the front and start twisting the hair (first twist pieces in the same direction and then twist together). Pull the twists back and secure with a hair tie. Twist the rest of the ponytail and tie at the end, then pull gently to loosen.
50. Sexy Long Black Twist Modern Hairstyle
These long, black glossy twists are timeless, but with current accessories and trends, they’re a modern hairstyle at the same time. You can switch out your hair jewelry to give you a unique look each day and use a mouse or hair oil to keep the twists shiny and structured.
50 Simple, Sexy Twist Braids Looks
There are so many amazing twist hair ideas! Whatever look you like best, you can rest assured that your twist braids hairstyle will look romantic, put together, and give you that cool style that’s classic and modern at the same time. How will you wear your twist braids? What’s your favorite accessory to wear with these styles? Let us know in the comments below or tag us in your selfies.
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