29 Senegalese Twist Hairstyles for Black Women

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Senegalese twists are a good protective style option because not only they will protect your natural hair, but also make you look stunning! Also, they are very versatile so you’ll be able to experiment with different gorgeous styles on a daily basis.

Senegalese twists (or rope twists) will keep your natural hair healthy without sacrificing your style. This protective hairstyle is a good choice for women who want to take a break from styling solutions that include heat and chemical ingredients. We’ve collected 29 amazing Senegalese twist styles that you’ll definitely love! Check them out!

1. Half-Up, Half-Down Senegalese Twists

First on our list of Senegalese twist hairstyles is this awesome but simple half updo. This hairstyle is easy to make and looks super cute! It’s perfect for spring and summer everyday wear because the braid will keep your twists out of your face.

2. Senegalese Twist Ponytail

Senegalese Twist Ponytail

Source: @tupo1

Elegant and classy are two words that completely describe this gorgeous updo. As you can see, you can dress up your twists in a number of ways. This gorgeous woman styled her front section of hair in a fierce top knot while the back is simply collected in a high ponytail. Give it a go!

3. Braided Senegalese Twists

Braided Senegalese Twists

Source: @maketiwiri

Step 1: Start by separating your hair into two sections. Take the top section and secure it with a hair elastic. In this step, your hairstyle should look like a half-up, half-down ponytail.

Step 2: Separate the ponytail into three sections and start braiding a dutch braid. Wrap the braid around your ponytail base. Secure it with bobby pins. Voila! You’re done with the top part!

Step 3: Separate the bottom section of the hair into two same pieces. From each section, braid a French braid.

4. Braided Updo

This is a very nice and elegant look that you can wear on special occasions. The first thing you’re going to do is to make a side part of the hair that you want to use as your bangs. After that, make a high ponytail. You can secure it with a rubber band or use a piece of your twist. From the ponytail, bride eight braids and secure the ends.  The next step is to twist each braid in a little bun and secure it with a bobby pin. Make sure everything is smooth and tight. Last step is to braid down a loose braid from your bangs, swirl it and secure with lots of bobby pins!

5. Big Senegalese Twists into a Top Knot

Big Senegalese Twists into a Top Knot

Source: @mrsdivalike

We  know you love this hairstyle as much as we do! It’s simple yet awesome. Section the top of your hair and twist it in a bun! Secure it with an elastic hair band or bobby pins.  Sounds easy, right? Don’t forget to copy those pink lips, too!

6. Red Twists into a High Bun

What a bold and cool hue! We love it! Experimenting with hair colors is another advantage of Senegalese twists. You can rock bold colors like red, purple, blue, and grey without damaging your hair.

7. Twisted Half-up, Half-Down Twists

Here’s another cute and easy half updo! The twists can be expensive and time-consuming to install, but they are definitely worth the price and time. Pair your unique hairstyle with red lips for the extra feminine look. Absolutely stunning!

8. Burgundy Twisted High Bun

Burgundy Senegalese Twists into a High Bun

Source: @peakmilll

Step 1: Make a high ponytail. Since the Senegalese twists are pretty thick and long, it’s recommended to use elastic head band.

Step 2: Split the ponytail into two sections, then  twist one section around going back. Tuck it under the elastic head band.

Step 3: Take the other half and split it in two sections. Twist it into a big two strand twist and  wrap it around your hair (start from the front). Secure it with bobby pins or tuck it under the headband.

9. Twists into Two French Braids

Rope twists look fantastic in any style! You can even braid them into two lovely French braids! We think the step-by-step tutorial for this look isn’t necessary because braiding isn’t hard at all!

10. Grey Twists + High Ponytail

Grey Senegalese Twists into a High Ponytail


Grey hair is the hottest trend of spring and summer! Are you bold enough to try this hair hue? Grey hair won’t make you instantly look middle-aged, we promise! Style your grey twists into a high ponytail. Wrap few twists around the hair elastic to hide it.

11. Half-Up, Half-Down Twisted Ponytail

Half-Up, Half-Down Ponytail

Source: @maketiwiri

For this hairstyle you will only need an elastic hair band. Take your hair to the back and section it in half. Make a smooth ponytail from the top section. Section the ponytail in half and twist it all the way down. If you’ve used a hair band to secure your ponytail, you can hide it with few twists by wrapping them around the ponytail base.

12. Red Twists Half Updo

Red Senegalese Twists Half Updo

Source: @tupo1

We know this hairstyle looks hard but it’s actually easy. Make a regular half updo ponytail.  Pick up the ponytail and loosely and slightly twist it. Tie it up with few loosened twists. Quick, easy and super hot!

13. Twisted Half Updo

Even a newbie could master this chic hairstyle! How to do this half updo?  Grab a section of your front hair and twist it hardly. Repeat the same for the other side. Connect the twists from the both sides and twist them together. The best part of this half updo? It’s very quick to make.

14. Red Twists Ponytail + Shaved Bottom

So fierce, right? If you’re no stranger to edgy, shaved hairstyles – go for it! When you don’t want to rock shaved bottom anymore, you can easily hide it with your long, red twists… no one will ever know!

15. Elegant Senegalese Twists Updo

Yes, you can even rock a braided mohawk with Senegalese twists! The top part of her hair is braided to give the effect of a mohawk. The hairstyle is perfect for women who aren’t ready to completely shave their sides.

16. Purple Twists Updo

Purple Senegalese Twists Updo

Source: @tupo1

Step 1: Pull all your hair in a high ponytail.

Step 2: Split the ponytail into two same sections.

Step 3: From every section, create a big and loose two strand twist. Throw over twists one after another. Secure with bobby pins.

17. Big Top Knot Bun

If you like your top knot big and chunky, we got your covered. Create half-up ponytail and split it in two same sections. Wrap one section around the front and other across the front. Pin in place with bobby pins.

18. Senegalese Twists Updo

Bring all your hair to one side and start braiding it into a two strand twist. Braid it loosely. Now bring the twist up and add as many pins as you need. Easy updo that looks like you spend hours making!

19. Braided Half Updo

Braided Senegalese Twists Half Updo 

Source: @maketiwiri

If you like this hairstyle read the step-by-step tutorial on the picture #3. The top knot is the same and only difference is this one has the twists left hanging down.

20. Senegalese Twists with a Pop of  Red Color

If you’re not brave enough to rock colorful twists, a pop of red color can do the trick. This style is probably the easiest on our list but we absolutely love it! It’s pretty unique.

21. Twists into a French Side Braid

Start by braiding the front section of your hair into a dutch braid and secure it with an elastic hair band. Now, you can secure the braid on the back of your head with a bobby pin or you can tuck it in a side swept ponytail. You can also bring the braid more up and braid another dutch braid on the other side. Either way, the look is fierce!

22. High Bun Updo

Senegalese Twists High Bun Updo


Step 1: Start by collecting your twists into a high ponytail.

Step 2: Split the ponytail into two sections.

Step 3: Take one section and start twisting it. Wrap it around the base you’ve created with your ponytail.

Step 4: Secure the section with bobby pins.

Step 5: Take the second section of the hair and wrap it the opposite way. Again, secure it with bobby pins.

23. Senegalese Twists into Space Buns

Senegalese Twists into Space Buns


When you’re in a playful, flirty mood, try this cute half updo! The girl on the picture looks super happy with her hairstyle… so why wouldn’t you too?

24. Pompadour Twist Updo

Pompadour Senegalese Twist Updo


Pompadour hairstyles are elegant and classic. The hairstyle above is perfect for special occasions or as a work updo. It will take you everywhere.

25. Twisted Sides Half Updo

Cute Half Updo


Perfect hairstyle for those ‘bad’ hair days! Try it for your next night out or for an after-work event. This twisted side half updo will take you less than 4 minutes to do.

26. Blue Senegalese Twists

Blue Senegalese Twists


Wow! Would you dare to try this bold blue twist style? The hairstyle will surely get you noticed!

27. Senegalese Twist Headband Updo

This hairstyle requires only an elastic headband and a few minutes of your time. Start by placing your headband over your twists. It should sit low around your head. Now it’s time to bring those twists up! Tuck the twists around the headband until they form a roll.

Replace the black and gold headband with the flower one and you’ll have a perfect go-to hairstyle for spring!

28. Chunky French Braid

Ah, French braid. We don’t have anything more to say. The picture and hairstyle says it all, right?

29. Two Twisted Buns Updo

We hope the lack of ideas on how to style Senegalese twists is now off you list of excuses for not having a stunning hairstyle every day! We’ll be back soon with more amazing hairstyles. Stay tuned!


  1. alex

    August 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Love the pics

  2. Anonymous

    October 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I love this so much

  3. llana254

    December 4, 2015 at 4:33 am

    This is just gorgeous

  4. nikky

    February 2, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I love every bit of it
    well done…. keep it up

  5. Nomwim Jizzeal

    March 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    wow lovely..!

  6. Diamond P.

    May 6, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Lovely styles!

  7. Ayeye

    May 11, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Wow i like creativeness of these hairstyles!

  8. Latoya

    September 19, 2016 at 2:05 am

    You are definitely on another level with the styles!

  9. Anonymous

    January 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    woow this is extremely fab

  10. Latonya White

    January 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm


  11. Lona Jack-Vilmar

    April 15, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Great ideas, thank you!

  12. Rufie Jacqueline

    May 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

    woow I like the creativeness of this hairstyles

  13. cynthia mahaps

    August 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    this is great keep it up

  14. Nickie Thabede

    December 22, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Nic one

  15. So disappointed

    January 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    They all look like rugs; you could do the same thing with twists of yarn.

  16. Anonymous

    April 23, 2018 at 7:11 am

    These are just gorgeous

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