30 Senegalese Twist Styles
If you’re looking for a protective hairstyle that keeps your natural locks safe while giving you lots of styling versatility, Senegalese twists offer high-shine hair that can be worn a ton of different ways. Most often installed using synthetic Kanekalon hair, Senegalese twists (also known as rope braids) use a two-strand twist technique that looks ultra chic. Senegalese twists can look similar to Marley or Havana twists, but are usually thinner in diameter and more silky looking. With so many different lengths and colors to choose from, this protective style gives you just as many options as box braided styles but in a slightly different texture that offers up some high-shine potential. If you’re looking for something new and creative for your next protective hairstyle, take a look at 30 of our favorite Senegalese twist styles.
1Senegalese Twist Bob
While some ladies love to wear their Senegalese twists in ultra long lengths, you can easily shape them into a mid-length style that’s a little more manageable. This long bob lands right around shoulder length, creating a twist style that’s long enough to tie up, but not so long that it gets in your way.
These Senegalese twists are long, silky, and insanely glamorous. Style with a center part and you can wear this gorgeous head chain to dress up your protective style for a fancy night out.
3Wavy Senegalese Twists
If you don’t want to wear your Senegalese twists in a stick-straight style, you can give them some added texture either right after installation or a few weeks later to freshen them up. Wrap twists in flexible perm rods, then carefully dip in hot water, and allow to fully dry before unravelling. Feel free to experiment with different size rods to make your curly look more dynamic.
4Undercut With Senegalese Twists
For an edgy but trendy way to wear a Senegalese twist style, pair the long rope braids with shaved hair at the sides. With fewer twists on your head, you can go for an ultra long length and still won’t feel like your hair is too big or heavy.
5Blue Peekaboo Twists
Add a few twists in a contrasting color to give your Senegalese twist style an extra pop without going full-on rainbow. This style is perfect for women in more conservative workplaces where ultra-bright shades of hair aren’t allowed.
6Long Burgundy Twists
If you’re bored of basic black braids and twists, try a new color to freshen up your protective style and compliment your skin tone. This deep, rich burgundy looks incredible against olive complexions and most deeper skin tones.
7Braided Senegalese Twist Style
With ultra skinny Senegalese twists, a whole range of styles become possible. These twists have been styled into a three-strand braid that will add some extra versatility to your styling arsenal on days when you want to feel feminine and romantic.
8Twists With Hair Jewels
9Blonde Tone Twists
Layering different colors of hair in your Senegalese twist style adds extra depth and dimension. With a warm brown shade underneath and honey blonde on top, this is the perfect twist style for ladies with golden-toned skin, especially during spring and summer.
10Senegalese Twist Updo
For a wedding or other special occasion, try this chic updo to secure your Senegalese twists in place. This style goes especially well with strapless or backless dresses, keeping your hair from interfering with your gorgeous outfit.
11Senegalese Twist Out
This twist out style sees hair installed in Senegalese twists about half way down its length, with the rest of hair left loose. A wave pattern helps to give this style extra texture, beginning a few inches from the roots so as not to add unwanted volume.
12Purple Side Shave Twists
This vibrant purple shade makes Senegalese twists pop, with an amethyst jewel tone that does an incredible job of making brown eyes pop.
13High Bun Twists
High buns and top knots have been very on-trend for the past few years, and are a great way to keep your twists looking chic and secured on busy days.
14Golden Brown Twists
This golden honey brown shade is perfect for fall, bringing a little extra warmth to your hairstyle and complexion as the weather outside starts to cool.
15Senegalese Twist Half Updo
This gorgeous updo is ideal for painting the town red with your girlfriends, but works for more conservative affairs like company parties or weddings. Pulling some of your twists up and away from your face allows you more room to play with bold statement earrings like these oversized hoops.
16Black And Brown Twists
Adding a little bit of color variant without being too flashy, these brown and black twists intermingle to create a dynamic Senegalese twist style that’s still appropriate for any workplace.
17Twisted Bun Updo
Keep your ultra long Senegalese twists perfectly in place with this intricate twisted bun updo.
18Ruby Red Half Updo
Another gorgeous color variant, this true-red shade can be harsh on lighter skin tones, but looks gorgeous against most darker skin tones, especially anyone who pulls golden or yellow undertones.
19Perfect Twist Bun
This sophisticated bun has each twist in perfect place, making it a great option for days when you want to look professional, or when you need your hair out of your way for a busy day.
20High Side Ponytail
Give your Senegalese twists an extra glamorous look with this high ponytail that’s worn to the side in a twisted style. You’ll love how this easy style instantly changes up your look.
21Side Shaves With Line Detail
Shaved sides put an extra edgy pop in your Senegalese twist style, and shaved line details help to make the look slick and geometric.
22Purple Ombre Twists
These purple ombre twists capitalize on two trends, embracing the craze over bright jewel tones and anything ombre. Protective hairstyles that use synthetic strands while keeping your natural hair safely under wraps offer up the perfect way to get in on these trends without damaging your hair.
23Crochet Braid Senegalese Twists
If the idea of sitting to have a head full of Senegalese twists installed makes you antsy, the crochet braiding technique offers up a way to wear the style that’s quicker and much easier to do on your own. Most brands offer pre-twisted hair with crochet loop ends, giving you tons of options in varying lengths, textures and colors.
24Senegalese Twist Ponytail Updo
Get your Senegalese twists ready for a night out with this chic updo style. If your twists are extra long, getting them into one big updo can be difficult. This genius hairstyle gets around the problem by featuring a ponytail in the back, and a sleek wrapped bun at the front of the head. Hair is pulled away from the sides of the face to help highlight cheekbones, and makes this a perfect hairstyle for showing off a pair of big statement earrings.
25Red Ombre Twists
This red ombre color scheme is sexy yet subtle, and creates a nice dimensional palette featuring a deep wine red with lighter touches of maroon throughout the ends. These cool reds look incredible against darker complexions with olive skin tones, and help to make brown eyes stand out.
26Skinny Blonde Ombre Twists
These skinny Senegalese twists have a touch of blonde ombre at the end, giving them a subtle dose of color that’s trendy without being over-the-top. There are tons of options for purchasing Kanekalon hair that’s already dyed in an ombre color pattern, but some crafty ladies are successful at DIY coloring the hair on their own. Unlike human hair Kanekalon can’t really be lightened, so you’re better off buying hair that’s already ombre to get this specific look.
27Double Bun Twist Style
This hairstyle features some twists in a cornrow pattern, helping to keep hair out of the face and making this a perfect Senegalese twist style for more active women. The long twists are then styled in a trendy, half-up double bun style that’s young, fun, and perfectly fitting with the jewel-toned purple shade.
28Honey Brown Crochet Twists
These thicker Senegalese twists are another example of how to get this look using a crochet braid technique. Because the twists will be covering your cornrows, the underlying braid pattern doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you’re hoping to part your hair in a particular area, you’ll want to plan your cornrows accordingly.
29Half Up High Ponytail
This half-up ponytail is a fun and flirty way to wear your Senegalese twists, and comes with the added bonus of making you look taller and putting more emphasis on your eyes.