What kind of hair is used for kinky twists?

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What kind of hair is used for kinky twists?
Kanekalon hair can be used for kinky twists, and comes in numerous colours. (Photo: Flickr: lil_devil_girl3, via Compfight)

Kinky twists are designed by weaving two-strands into spirals. The twist can be achieved by using your own hair or a synthetic brand. The initial twist session can take up to 8 hours, but once complete, the kinky twist is a carefree low maintenance hairstyle that can last up to three months.

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Natural hair

You can use your own hair for the kinky twist. When using your own hair you must also use a styling gel or lotion to hold the strands together. After you complete your twist, sit under a hair dryer and allow the twist to dry in place. If your hair is too short or if you choose to add extensions, the preferred types of hair for kinky twists are "Kanekalon" and "Afro Marley".

Kanekalon hair

Kanekalon Hair is a synthetic hair used for braiding kinky twists. It comes in 8- to 12-inch pieces and in various colours. If you desire curls at the ends of your twist, soak the ends of the hair in warm water and it will take on the shape of twirled curls.

Afro Marley

Afro Marley synthetic hair, sometimes called "afro" hair, is taken from the name of the famous reggae singer Bob Marley. The three recommended brands of Afro Marley hair are Jamaican Braid, Afro Twist and The Janet Collection.

Fun fact

Rastafarian dreadlocks made famous by Bob Marely can be naturally achieved by only washing your hair periodically without combing or brushing. The hair will begin to lock after a period of time.

Famous ties

Bob Marely's dreadlocks were a form of statement, representing the Rastafarian unconventional look and way of life.

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