When I was going through my transition phase I tried to keep my hair braided, or in some type of protective style. My plan was to wear styles like this until my hair was to a length I could work with. Wearing protective styles also help lower the anxiety I was having over transitioning. At the beginning it was extremely hard for me to do my hair since it had two completely different textures. Your hair is prone to breakage during transitioning. The part of your hair where the relaxed meets the chemical free is the weakest. You have to take great care in protecting this area specifically.
Senegalese twists are so beautiful; I love them! Just as their name suggests, they originate in Senegal, Africa. There are a few different variations that I’ve seen. I had mine hot water curled after they were finished.
I kept these in for a good 6 months at least. You’re still able to wash, condition, and style your hair with the twists in. Whenever I felt my scalp needed cleaned I washed the twists. I just concentrating on my scalp with the shampoo to make sure it was cleaned. The remainder of the twists I gently rubbed with shampoo, and made sure to rinse very well. Even though your hair is covered in this style you still need to make sure to keep your hair moisturized. A good leave in conditioner is very important. If your scalp gets dry, or itchy just massage oil such as tea tree into your scalp. Since there are so many twists I wasn’t able to put my hair under a satin bonnet at night. Instead I’d pull the twists back in a loose pony tail then tie a satin scarf around my head.
More Style Ideas:
- Pull the twists back into a low sitting bun; add a flower or hair piece for decoration
- Use bobby pins to make a swooping bang and add a colorful headband
- Wear a colorful scarf as a headband
- Make one big French braid out of the twists
Once I removed the Senegalese twists I made sure to deep condition my hair and to use a protein pack. After your hair has been in a style like this you’ll notice “a lot” of hair coming out with the twists. You shouldn’t be alarmed though. Your head sheds hundreds of hairs a day. Do the math, if your hairs been in twists/braids for a month–that’s at least 3000 hairs. If you’ve been washing and conditioning properly you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
- It’s a protective style that’s low maintenance
- Not limited to just one style
- Helps ease the stress during transitioning
- Easy styling in the mornings
- Less manipulation on hair
- Don’t have to worry about frizz, humidity, rain
|Scrappy and I!!!
Over all I liked this style, and in general I love it. Would I get it again– I’d have to be ready for it; psych myself up. The only turn off for me is the time it takes to get them in and out. This is the sole reason I refuse to do mini twists on my own hair. Even if I watch movies as I do it I’m just not motivated. I honestly don’t want to sit for 6 hours while someone else does it let alone me doing them!
I’d recommend Senegalese twists, or any similar protective style to anyone who’s teetering on going chemical free. Like I said before, styles like these really made a difference for me. There were plenty of days I was ready to give up and grab that box of relaxer, and be done. I actually gave in twice before sticking to my decision. If I got Senegalese twists done again, I’d probably get them a bigger size than in the pictures.