30 Hot Kinky Twists Hairstyles to Try in 2016

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Braiding hair is not the only way to get a cool protective hairstyle. Twists are just as fun, diverse and easy to do. Want a natural-looking protective style? Try kinky twists! Kinky twists styles can be done in a variety of ways, by playing with styling options and creativity. Great as a protective look for your natural hair, kinky twists offer just as many benefits as they do style moments.

Ideas for Cute Kinky Twists Styles

If you’ve always wanted to give them a try, the pictures below are sure to provide many chic options. Whether worn up, down or in a funky style creation, kinky twists are one of the hottest afro hairstyles.

#1: Kinky Twists with Golden Brown Tips

Many kinky twist hairstyles feature daring hair color combinations, and this one is no different. Here, you have black twists that are accented with tight and shiny golden blonde curls at the ends.

#2: Soft Manageable Kinky Twists

Kinky twists done on shorter hair are soft and manageable. They are not heavy at all and so cute in movement. A pretty golden chain is a beautiful way to accessorize your hairstyle with twists. Plus it’s practical, since it holds the face-framing twists from falling into your face.

#3: Kinky Twist Bob

It should be well-known by now that a Bob looks good with any type of texture, kinky twists included. This edgy take on Bob is punctuated by marsala hair color and deep side bangs.

#4: Kinky Twists with Light Brown Highlights

If you thought that kinky twists couldn’t be sexy, this hairstyle totally proved you wrong. These dark brown kinky twists with light brown highlights are swept to the side nonchalantly as an easy and so appealing cute style.

#5: Updo with Medium Kinky Twists

This collection of photos displays just how versatile kinky twists can be. Here, you have an updo with a braid, worn to the side. Looks chic!

#6: Long Kinky Twists

Long kinky twists are unarguably the best way to go when you want a textured loose hairstyle with no frizz and excessive volume. Long braids or twists also allow for more styling options and freedom. You literally have countless options at your fingertips. Take, for instance, this side-swept style that requires little-to-no effort, while looking totally fabulous.

#7: Ombre Twist Updo

Give your kinky twist hair some added color by creating a gorgeous ombre effect. Two-tone twists are adorable in Mohawk updos and buns. Here’s a perfect hairstyle – in color, texture and silhouette.

#8: Soft Medium-Length Kinky Curls

Next time you visit a hair salon, consider a twisted hairstyle with curly ends. Leaving the bottoms of your twists loose and curled gives your look a fun, feminine edge. The style in the photo frames the face nicely and is perfect as a lightweight happy summer option.

#9: Bob Length Kinky Twists

Add some pretty color to those short kinky twists and make them REALLY stand out. Have some fun and try a bright hue — like purple — on for size. The shade can be weaved sporadically into each twist so the style shows only some glimpses of color. Your hair will look like a prismatic masterpiece.

#10: Elegant Protective Style

Take a more formal approach to kinky twist braids. Separate the front pieces and sweep them across the face like bangs. Gather the rest of the hair to the top of the head and pin it down with bobby pins. This look is ideal for a date night or a formal, black-tie affair. You’ll be the belle of the ball!

#11: Long Luscious Auburn Twists

If you’re contemplating over how to do kinky twists with a personal touch, consider color. While natural raven-colored twists are all well and good, coppery, auburn braids are lovely and, more importantly, totally unexpected. Make the shade transition nicely from light to slightly darker, so you’ve got a well-blended balayage in twists.

#12: Piled-High Kinky Locks

Headed to a fancy soireé or a hot date? Try an interesting updo that will make those braids a bit fancier than usual. And don’t worry about making it too complicated for yourself. Simply create a messy bun and allow a few strands to fall down your forehead like some wispy bangs.

#13: Long Romantic Twistst

Take your kinky twists on a vacation and let them fly free. Wear those small, twisted strands loose and natural around the shoulders, topping them off with a beautiful exotic flower. Floral accents are perfect for adding a little special something to an otherwise plain hairstyle.

#14: Half Updo with a Twist

Crimson-colored hair is huge right now, so why not add a fiery element to your twisted style? The color may also be subtle, but it’s still super noticeable when worn in half-updos and ponytails, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little.

#15: Side-Swept Highlighted Twists

Shoulder length strands don’t need to be basic. Give your medium-length ‘do an upgrade by making a few (yes, just a few) braids blonde. This will brighten your dark hair without being a total hair overhaul. Sometimes the smallest adjustments and accents produce the biggest payoff.

#16: Shoulder-Length Kinky Twists

Kinky twist styles can take on all lengths and shapes. Jump on-board more than one trend by wearing your twisted strands in a long bob. The shoulder-length shape still allows for plenty of versatility and styling options, so don’t worry about being limited there. You can go half-up, pony-style or even the bun route.

#17: Long-Bob Twists

If you’ve got a round face shape, a side part is a great way to elongate it. So, next time you style that bobbed twisted hair, try sweeping it over and allowing it fall to one side. It may seem like a small change, but you’ll definitely notice a difference in your appearance.

#18: Buoyant Kinky Curls

Everyone loves a good hybrid style that thick, bobbed twists deliver. Because of its shorter length and layers, the look takes on a fuller, more voluminous shape. Think of it as a sort of afro. Big hair is always a good idea, especially when you’re looking to turn heads.

#19: Tight Twists with a Headband

In the land of kinky twist hairstyles, this ‘do might be the most accessible. The pure simplicity and chic-ness of the style makes it a winner. All you need to do is throw on an elastic headband to sweep the hair back and — voila — instant hairdo. This is perfect for those days you don’t have a ton of time to fuss with your small kinky twists.

#20: Kinky Twists in a Split Pony

Are you overwhelmed with images of twisted hairstyles and not even sure where to begin? Start simple with the easiest and most classic style in the book: a ponytail. Throw your hair up into a casual pony and top it off with a funky headband. While simple as can be, the look delivers a cool, glam vibe.

#21: Effortlessly Swept-Back Twists

We all want to look like those hair wizards we see in pictures and on Instagram with the beautiful, complex-looking hair styles that are literally flawless. Well, guess what? You can look like the perfect-hair girls in photos, too! Sometimes it’s just a matter of upgrading a current hairstyle you’ve already mastered, like a half-up do. Try twisting the front-side pieces of hair back and securing them with an elastic band. Then take the rest of your hair and pull it into a loose and low braid.

#22: Layered, Kinky, and Curled

Talk about a kinky twist! If you thought your hair couldn’t get any more twisted, think again. Make things interesting by curling the ends. This will add some body, enhance texture and shape of the look, especially if you have layers. Just when you thought your hair was looking good, it got even better.

#23: Red and Black Kinky Twists

If you’re still skeptical about red and black hair, try this on for size. Make red more prominent on the bottom half of the hair and layer out the locks for structure and shape. This will make the color look like it’s cascading down your back.

#24: Chunky Bandana Hairstyle

Sometimes a girl just needs to throw on a bandana and call it a day. Your thicker, twisted strands are beautiful on their own but a cute, festive accessory ups the ante for sure. This look is perfect for a picnic, pool party or other summer-centric event.

#25: Forward Focused Updo

Even short kinky twists are far from being boring, and the full-frontal hairdo does prove this for sure. Strategically braid your hair to the front and allow it to hang loosely onto your forehead. What’s better than braided twists, you ask? Braided twists with a side of fringe, of course.

#26: Kinky Twist High Bun

Kinky twists styles don’t get any easier than this one. This high bun is one of the best ways to fashion your kinky twists into an updo. It’s worn high on the head and slightly off to one side. Customize your twists with a hue that compliments your skin tone.

#27: Elegant Kinky Twist Updo

You do not need extra long twists to come up with a beautiful formal updo. This discreet updo hairstyle is conservative yet stylish, and very flattering to a variety of face shapes.

#28: Layered Kinky Twists with Highlights

The best way to add depth and dimension to your kinky twists is to opt for a layered style with highlights. These highlights are bright and they do a great job of adding shine and accentuating the texture of the twists.

#29: Spiral Curl Kinky Twists

One way to personalize your kinky twist hairstyles is to add spiral curls to ends. They will create a lovely texture that looks particularly flattering in ponytails or loose buns.

#30: Brown and Blonde Ombré Kinky Twists

Here is another example of adorable kinky twists. They are short, but the texture and feel they give are inimitable. We also love this light chocolate and blonde shades – simply gorgeous!

How to do kinky twists? In case you didn’t know, kinky twist hair can be created in a few ways, including twisting your own natural Afro hair, then also with Marley hair, and as crochet twists. The gallery of images we shared with you demonstrates ideas on how you can style and color your kinky twists to give them a fun, flirty, conservative or edgy look of your choice.

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