Senegalese braids originated in Senegal Africa. The hairstyle has gained popularity in the states among Africans and African Americans. Achieve Senegalese braid twists hairstyles using a woman's natural hair or by adding hair extensions. A popular extension brand used with Senegalese braid twists is Yaki. Yaki hair extensions are the closest hair texture match for African Americans. Yaki hair is added to the Senegalese braid to give fullness, length and a lasting quality to the hairstyle.
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Things you need
- Rat-tailed comb
- 2 to 3 packs of synthetic Yaki hair
- Hair wax or non-flake gel
- Rubber bands
Divide Yaki hair extensions into small sections. Yaki hair will be thicker, so you want to make sure the hair sections aren't too bulky. Lay out the Yaki hair for easy accessibility.
Part freshly washed hair into diamond shaped small sections. Use the tail end of the comb to separate hair properly. Use hair clips to secure hair sections in place.
Comb through a small section of hair from root to end. Tangles and knots have to be removed before braiding. Combing through hair also ensures hair is completely dry before beginning.
Separate the section of hair into two equal parts. The hair should be stretched straight from root to ends. Use a hair clip to secure the beginning of the hair at the scalp.
Take a section of Yaki hair and wrap the extensions around the natural hair section in a twisting motion. Yaki hair should be bent in half and the extension hair will cover all of the natural hair from root to end. Twist the Yaki hair as tight as possible without causing too much tension on the scalp.
Twist the two sections of hair using your thumb and index fingers, bending the Yaki hair across as you twist. Make sure each twisted braid is in the same direction, i.e. to the right or the left throughout the braiding process. The hair will begin to coil up as you twist down.
Cross the right and left equal parted sections across each other back and forth. Do this all the way to the end of the hair. Use a rubber band to secure the twist in place.
Continue to coil and twist the hair section by section until the entire head is twist braided. Use hair clips to hold separate finished braids away from unbraided hair.
Remove the rubber bands from the ends of the braids. Dip the braids in boiling hot water to secure the ends in place. You can also burn the ends using a lighter to keep them from unravelling.
Tips and warnings
- Use caution when dipping braids to avoid burns to the face, neck and shoulders. It is best to have someone else assist if not experienced. Synthetic hair is flammable; take extreme care when burning the ends for closure.
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