During the winter I put my hair in Senegalese Twists. It’s my protective style of choice, keeping my hair and vulnerable ends under wraps and not putting any significant strain on fragile hairline as far as I can tell. That said I do put them in myself so can adjust the tension as required….
I was tweeting about putting them in this weekend with a movie marathon session to accompany me and a few twitter buddies requested photos so I thought I’d share here. I actually learned how to do them on YouTube. So I thought I’d also share a helpful how-to video for those who want to put them in themselves.
I was drawn to Senegalese twists as I’d wrongly assumed they were as easy as regular twists. They’re not far off in terms of simplicity but the technique is slightly different as I learned after my first attempt swiftly unravelled and fell out. So after a quick trip to YouTube I discovered how to connect them from the root and the specific roll motion needed to make the twist “lock”. The trick is: “roll to right and twist over to the left”.
The 100% kanekalon hair recommended for this can apparently be set with hot water to seal the ends or curl with rollers. Unfortunately I’ve never succeeded in doing this properly and just end up with shiny plastic looking ends that unravel??? (Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong?) So instead I run the end quickly through a flame just to warm it slightly and run my fingers down the end to bind it together as it cools. All super quick.
So that’s pretty much what I was up to this weekend spurred along by Nick Cannon in Drumline and the entire Bourne Trilogy. I always notice a significant amount of growth by the time I take them out too so I decided to keep them in for most of this year taking a couple of weeks break inbetween. I still haven’t finished actually hence the half up-do in the pic above.
So now I just have to decide what to watch whilst I finish off the rest this evening? Any sugggestions?
Sengalese Twist Tool Kit:
- Tail comb for parting
- Clips to section hair
- 100% Kanekalon Hair (I use grade 1 and cut it into 3 equal lengths for chest length style)
- Hot water or a lighter to seal ends
- Some good films to watch
- Remember to roll right and twist to the left