How to Do a Senegalese Twist With a Weave

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How to Do a Senegalese Twist With a Weave
Twisting hair is a Senegalese styling technique. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Wefts of weave hair are useful for creating Senegalese twists. Instead of sewing or gluing the weave into natural hair, however, weave hair is literally twisted around natural hair resulting in strands that look like Twizzler candy. Unlike braided hair, twists created with weave hair are a lot easier to slide out. Twists last longer in textured hair. To add texture, you may add gel or mousse to hair before attempting your twists. Natural hair should not clump together so much that parts cannot be made, however.

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Things you need

  • Fine tooth comb
  • Hair clips
  • Hair weave
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Gel or mousse (optional)
  • Lighter (optional)
  • Rubberbands (optional)

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  1. 1

    Part your hair into equally sized individual sections. Each section will be twisted with weave hair so the section size will determine the size of the twist.

  2. 2

    Use hair clips to separate loose hair from the section you are about to twist.

  3. 3

    Take out a strand of weave hair that is about 1/4 inch wider than your sectioned hair. You may cut it to a desired length.

  4. 4

    Bend the strand of weave in the middle to give one long strand two arms. While holding the weave strand in the middle, use your fingertips to divide your natural sectioned hair into two sections.

  5. 5

    Apply the folded weave hair to the top of one section of your divided hair at the root. If your natural hair is fine or very straight, you may opt to apply a dime size amount of gel or mousse to each section before beginning the twist.

  6. 6

    Use your dominant hand to twist one strand of the divided weave around the section of natural hair you placed it over. As you twist, use the index finger and thumb of your other hand to hold the end of the twist in place. When you get half way done, wrap the twisted hair around the third finger on your dominant hand.

  7. 7

    Begin to twist the other half of the weave hair strand around the other half of your divided natural hair. Twist with your least dominant hand. As you twist, use the index finger and thumb of your dominant hand to hold the end of the twist in place. Stop half way down the strand.

  8. 8

    Cross the two twisted strands over each other. This is a double twist that will create your Senegalese twist. To prevent the hair from sliding out, twist each section of twisted hair tightly to the right and then criss-cross. Hold the hair firmly in your hands. Do not allow the strands to get loose. Do this all the way to the end until all of the weave hair is twisted.

  9. 9

    Use your lighter to burn the end of each Senegalese twist to create a knot and secure your twist in place. If you want your ends to flow freely, wrap a rubberband around the end of your twist and style the rest of your weave as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Use synthetic hair weave if you are going to burn your ends.

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