African Hair Twist Styles

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African Hair Twist Styles
African hair twists are a popular style option. (play with my hair image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from

The African twist and its many variations have been a staple in the hairstyle arsenal of black women since Cleopatra's time. Lauryn Hill's Nubian knots, Whoopi Goldberg's dreadlocks, and Janet Jackson's 1990s box braids are just some of the hairstyles that gained popularity through celebrities. Many twisted hairstyles use synthetic hair but can also be achieved with natural hair.

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Kinky Twists

Kinky twists are offered in many salons that cater to black women. The style is also called "two-strand twists," which refers to the twisting of two sections of hair together. The hair is then curled to achieve a kinky texture.

Sengalese Twists

Senegalese twists, also called double-strand twists, are a tighter, sleeker, noncurled version of kinky twists.

Corn Rows

Cornrows are a sleek style that can last up to 2 weeks and can be achieved by using real or synthetic hair. After you part your hair into neat rows, twist or braid it into neat linear sections against your scalp and secure the ends.

Nubian Knots

Nubian knots are a regal alternative to an updo. After washing your hair, divide it into a grid of small sections while it's still wet. Twist each section tightly, wrap it around itself, and tuck the end under.

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