We have some truths about braids & twists that will have your edges snatched!
When it’s protective styling, 80% of women either go for braids or twists. If you’re new to the protective styling world, braids are quite different from twists. Braided styles are achieved using a 3-strand technique, while twists are achieved with 2. Apart from technique and overall appearance, there really isn’t much else in terms of difference.
Now, when it comes to picking a style, you literally just pick one, right? There’s no special system that helps decide which way to go. The only question that is ever really asked is “what do I feel like having done?” But what if we tell you there are a few things you didn’t know about braids?
Trust us, you definitely didn’t know…
- Twists are lighter than braids. However, they unravel quicker because of the technique used.
- If you’re looking for a look that ages gracefully, then twists are your best bet. As your natural hair grows out, they blend better with twists compared to braided protective styles.
- There are mainly 4 types of twists; Senegalese, havana, kinky and marley (mali).
- Havana twists use kanekalon hair which is the same hair used for box braids. Kanekalon hair is smoother and works for the style better. However, all other types of twists use marley (mali) hair which is closer to the natural hair texture.
- Havana twists are similar to marley twists, but have bigger diameter. That’s why they are quicker to make because less strands are created.
- Both box braids and twists can last for up to 10 weeks. However, it is best to keep them in for 4 – 6 weeks. Any longer and your natural hair will stop getting moisture and it will lead to breakage and hair damage.
- No matter the protective style you use, never use dry shampoo. It leaves build-up that you can’t brush out.
- Fall out and shedding is expected when it comes to taking either braids or twists out. However, it is best to use a professional stylist to take your braids and twists out.
Told you they were unexpected. Lol! Share some truths about braided and twisted protective styles you know with us. Let’s be shook together. And if you have damaged hair, here’s why!