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Updated on January 14, 2021
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Twists are a top favorite technique in black hairstyles, along with braids. Twists allow extending your natural hair, attaching anything from quality commercial strands to dreadlocks. Many African American women hold themselves back from going natural simply because they have no idea of how they are going to style and protect their natural hair. Here are a couple of nice ideas in pictures, ladies.

The diversity of twists knows no limits. You can style chic, sophisticated hairstyles for special occasions or rock your twists every day in simple and effortless ‘dos. There are little tricks to know about twists. The larger your facial features are, and the fuller your figure is, the thicker your twists can be. If you still want thin twists, do not wear them freely hanging, but style them into a voluminous hairstyle.

Some Awesome Twist Braid Styles You Are Going to Love

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1. Shoulder Length Twist Braids

Braids don’t have to be very long – a shoulder-length style is just as lovely and oftentimes more practical. The thicker the twists, the more volume you’ll get as a final result. Some women love to have tightly bound twists, while others go for a looser, more romantic look. Whatever you choose, this is a convenient yet beautiful hairstyle.

2. Long Black Twists

The longer your twists, the more impressive the final result. If you are able to pull off very long hair, adding in some twists can be a beautiful expression of your culture and personal style. Although they tend to look quite heavy, in reality they aren’t much more burdensome than natural hair.

3. Long Black Twists

Look youthful and stunning with very long twist braids that are styled with height and smoothness. If you struggle with natural hair that tends to be quite stubborn, this is a style that lasts for some time and it’s relatively easy to maintain.

4. Large, Long Twists

The thicker the twists, the more of a statement you’ll make. Not sure if you are going to love the look of long, thick twists? The bright side is you can always undo the style and try something else – so why not give it a go? Add in a few accent strands of color for an even more creative look.

5. Mélange Graduated Twists

Take a walk on the wilder side with a hue that ventures away from your God-given shade. Try a mélange color for a unique look. Beautiful, windblown twists often feature varying lengths and thicknesses, so consider styling your hair with twists thick up top and thinning out past the shoulders.

6. Twisted Updo

If you love the look of braids but don’t want to be weighed down with all that hair, try piling it up instead. Simply wrap braids on top of your head and secure with some strong hair pins. Twist braids are always in style, and this is a fun way to fancy them up a bit.

7. Expressive Top Knot

Mega long locks call for some long twist style that is ideal for any occasion. Gather half of your braids into a top knot, securing with a hair elastic. Leave the remaining braids flowing long and free. This dramatic style can be paired with chunky jewelry and expressive makeup.

Half Up Knot For Long Twists

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8. Classic Twist Braids

Twist braid styles have certainly evolved over the years, but the classic still remains. Any salon specializing in black hair can create this decades-old weave style that has endured for generations and continues to be popular today.

Centre-Parted Thin Twists

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9. Black Romantic Hair

If you’ve recently got braids, chances are you want to leave them in for awhile – they can be pricey! For an upcoming formal event, instead of removing your braids, keep them in and try one of many fancy twist hairstyles out there. Treating your hair as if it were straight and untwisted, wrap your braided locks into a classic updo.

Bun From Flat Twists

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10. Twist of Color

Flaunt braids by going with a hue that isn’t God-given. From some delicious honey caramel to an eye-popping burgundy, there are plenty of hair colors for black hair that look amazing.

11. Thick Sideswept Twists

Senegalese twist hairstyles work well on thick hair, and they can also be placed in a weave. The advantage of these chunky braids is that it takes less time to install them and less effort to maintain/keep them conditioned. Go for a pop of color – perhaps hot pink or lime green – to keep things looking fun and American.

Thick Medium Length Twists

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12. Cascading Twist Braids

Senegalese twist styles are beautiful in any length, but these long twists are definitely worth a double take. Start with a regular thick African twist, and then reduce the thickness of braids as hair descends. When you lift and swirl those gorgeous twists into a bun the thinner and thicker parts will blend beautifully.

Long Senegalese Twists With Thin Ends

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13. Messy Braids with Highlights

Black hair doesn’t have to be tightly restricted with perfectly coifed braids. Instead, go with a twisted hairstyle that isn’t afraid to be a bit on the messy side. Tousled hair is popular right now, and twist styles are covered by this trend. Add in some fun, strategically placed highlights to lighten up the “heaviness” common with twists and braids.

14. Mega Long and Thick Twist Braids

If long, heavy hair doesn’t give you a headache, you can stop by the salon and get some majorly eye-catching twists that are as gorgeous as they are intricate. The longer length you choose, the more impressive they’ll be. Twisted into a Senegalese style, this is a hairdo that won’t easily be duplicated by those blondes and gingers out there!

Long Chunky Twists

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15. Twisted Fauxhawk

Take those twist braids to the next level with a fauxhawk style that is both fun to wear and stunning to see. Embrace the inner rebel in you with this edgy ‘do that is easily reversible when you have to appear more traditional.

16. Pompadour with a Twist

Pompadours are fun to wear too, plus they can elongate a round face and soften strong facial features. This stylish front bump works with both short and long hair, making it a flattering statement for all.

17. Long and Loose Braids

Big twist braids are ideal for hair that wants to be shown off. Go for a long weave that you can keep in for a long period of time – it’s more economical and easier on your natural hair beneath.

Centre-Parted Chunky Twists

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18. Sideswept Twist Braids

Keep your twists in check with an asymmetrical twisted hairstyle, side swept and secured to last all day. Play around with different hair colors and embellished hair clips to keep things interesting.

Half Up Hairstyle For Senegalese Twists

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19. Bun Twist

This twist style works well for thick hair as well as locks that are on the thinner side. Even better, it is flattering on older women while still gorgeous on younger gals. There’s no excuse – next time you need a change, go with a bun.

Updo With Flat Twists Short Hair

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20. A Twist in Twist Braids

All of those braids can get in the way as you go about your day, so keep it simple with a side twist that twists the twists. You follow? Hair can be secured pulled back with a large clip or strong elastic.

Medium Length Half Up Twists Hairstyle

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21. High Ponytail Braided Style

When it comes to hair twists hairstyles, these can be very diverse. But if you’re looking for something fun, young and sporty, a high ponytail is definitely the way to go. Gather up either all or a part of your twists and secure with some thick elastic that matches your hair color.

Half Up Ponytail For African Twists

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22. Braid Beads

Both large and small twist styles benefit from some bling. Add in hair beads, jewels or other embellishments to keep things looking modern and a bit on the fancy side.

Thick Bob Twists With Beads

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23. A Weave of Color

There are many advantages to a weave as opposed to natural hair braids. The weave tends to be very shiny and luminous, and it also gives you an opportunity to add any color without causing damage to your natural hair. This woven hairstyle uses a bit of caramel hair color as an accent.

24. Curly Twist Braids

The majority of twist styles out there are long and straight, however it doesn’t always have to be the case. Consider bringing some fun curls into your hairdo, along with some streaks of blonde. The end result is as unique as you are.

Curly Layered Twists With Highlights

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25. High Twisted Bun

Finally, if you just need to get your hair up and out of your face on a warm summer day or during a morning workout, twist your braids into thick sections and then gather it all into a bun that is angled high enough to be away from the neck.

26. Multicolored Twist Hairstyle

Besides a beautiful twist style, sometimes a color can make a world of difference. Bring drama and uniqueness to your style by introducing some strands of a contrasting color, while keeping others the natural dark hue.

27. African Inspired Hair Twists

The women of African nations are known for their lovely, intricate and yet practical hairstyles. Embrace a Western world version of an African hairstyle with thick, long twists that flatter most faces and hair types.

28. Twisted Bun

Twist braids don’t always flow free – sometimes you can hold twists in place with a low bun. Tired of your natural afro or want something that allows hair to be a little longer? Both large and small twists look great down or up.

29. Large Twists with Embellishment

Dark, long hair comes with a distinct advantage of being able to display hair embellishments in a truly stunning way. Try some gold hair bling or a brightly colored scarf. From flowers to jeweled barrettes – whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s sure to look lovely.

30. Ways to Style Twists

While dramatically long twists are super gorgeous, sometimes they aren’t conducive to fun activities like swimming. Pull them up into a half bun, ponytail or top knot when you want to cool off without sacrificing the condition of your beautifully coifed ‘do.

31. Twisted Redhead

Bring some color to your twists to breathe new life into an otherwise heavy hairstyle. When twisting both hues together for a unique look, you will get a beautiful, summer-inspired look that cannot be easily duplicated.

32. Kinky Twists Style

Personalize your twisted hairstyle with an asymmetric ‘do on the base of angled cornrows and twists. With the zigzag pattern being set with the braids, the twists lay in a natural state toward the bottom.

33. Long Twists in Golden Blonde

Twists can be accentuated with an eye-popping color. When the golden blonde on top blends with the dark brown underneath, you are getting a fabulous ombre effect that looks unusual and special in twisted hairstyles.

34. Two Strands Twist Hairstyle

Twists are different from braids because twists only use two strands instead of three. Twists are a great, creative choice as they can vary in thickness, texture and length, and last for weeks. If you’ve never had your hair twisted before, consider it next time you head over to the salon – it’s less common than braids and still just as gorgeous.

35. Styling Long Twists

Take a cue from the islands and let your twists get beach-inspired. Kinky ends, a side part and some large flower embellishments will provide your hair with a romantic, island feel that’s perfect for summer, a luau or a fun photoshoot with friends.

36. Dramatic Hair with a Shaved Design

Big twist braid hairstyles are unique and gorgeous. Using an untypical hue for twists is one way to personalize your hairstyle. And adding in some shaved designs at the nape will only enhance your originality.

creative Marsala twists hairstyle

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37. Long Twist Braids

Big, thick and dramatic – a truly stylish way to rock long twists without conforming too closely to your peers. If you are a trend setter, don’t be surprised when others begin to duplicate your fun and free look.

38. Creatively Twisted Updo

With plenty of volume and a pop of fun color, this twisted updo utilizes thick braids and some serious strength. Fun to wear at a fancy event or just when you don’t want to deal with long hair, this updo is full of personality.

39. Long Twist Braid Ponytail

Grab a strong elastic and pull hair up and away from the face when you’re at the office or on the beach – or anywhere in between! Thick, long twists can be cumbersome when you’re trying to get things done, and a simple pony can work wonders.

40. Tiny Intricate Twists

While it’s definitely more time-consuming at the salon, the end result of tiny twist braids is really beautiful. A multi-directional updo adds a hint of glamour, while wearing them down lends a carefree persona to your style.

41. Senegalese Twist Styles

Add some drama and dimension to your Senegalese twists with a contrasting strand that pops out of a gathered style. Paired with shaved sides and nape, this look will make a splash in the neighborhood.

42. Gathered Kinky Twist Braids

Pull hair up into a messy bun just as easily with braids or twists as you do with undone hair, while pulling off a totally different effect! Braids of any length can be worked into an updo, but medium twists will often work best. You can also incorporate a variety of styles into your repertoire, including braids, chignons and ponytails.

43. Big Twist Braids

With length that seemingly lasts forever, big twist braids are beautiful and fun to wear. Pull your twists into two high ponytails, let them fall long and loose.

44. Two-Tone Senegalese Twists

If you want a rest from having to manage kinky, puffy and wild hair, get these perfect Senegalese twists. They are easily styled into a high bulky bun, chunky braid, fancy half updo or a cute simple pony.

45. Thick and Stunning

If you love your natural hair but want something a bit different, check out these statement thick braids that are gathered at the shoulders and tucked under for added body and a natural look.

46. Extra Long Purple Rope Twists

Thick extra long twists will easily become a main attractant of your look, especially if you choose an interesting color. Dark purple is a good choice. It’s close to your natural hair color but gives a cool tint. Sweeping your rope twists to one said, you already get a chic hairstyle. Note that if you want to rock rope twists, you need distinct eye-brows. Otherwise, you’ll get an impression of twists weighing heavily on your face.

47. Asymmetric Headband Braid from Thin Senegalese Twists

This is a showy hairstyle you can easily do from your thin Senegalese twists. The asymmetric headband braid is a decorative element of this hairstyle that also performs a practical function. It holds the freely hanging twists and fixes them in a sort of a low side pony – simple and cute!

48. Messy Twisted Updo

Glossy twist extensions hide vulnerable natural hair from the exposure to aggressive agents and provide you with gorgeous styling options, while you are growing out your hair. You can arrange a big messy bun updo, braid them into a statement fishtail braid or gather in a chic ponytail.

49. Twisted-In Colorful Dread Locks

Looking at this picture, nobody will probably deny the fact that well-kept dreadlocks are a beautiful sight. Styling twist braids neatly into a trim bun, you’ll come up with an exquisite hairstyle that won’t ever be associated with anything extreme. Besides, the unusual twisting pattern instantly draws attention and makes you go “wow!” and “I want it!”

50. Compact Braided Bun

This radiant look is created with twisted-in extensions, offering an interesting color, fantastic texture and variability of styling options while your natural hair is growing out. This one is featuring a high braided bun, twisted compactly around a ponytail.

As you have probably noticed, twists make gorgeous buns, but although basically the listed hairstyles turn out to be much the same in their design, they look very different and exclusive in every particular case.

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