22 Irresistible Ways To Style Your Kinky Twists

Give your curly mane a stylish makeover with these handpicked hairstyles.

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Protective hairstyles have been around long before some of us were born. One popular protective style is Kinky twists. Discover the several ways to style your kinky twists right here! You can achieve this hairstyle by weaving Marley hair to your hair roots in a braid. After about a centimeter of the braid, simply twist your hair to the end. Since you are using extensions, you can experiment with different hair colors and lengths to create your version of a kinky hairstyle. To lend you some inspiration, we have curated a list of the best kinky twist styles. So, if you want to learn how to twist your hair in this style, scroll down. Keep reading!

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • Your scalp may itch after installing kinky twists. Therefore, clean your hair and scalp beforehand and prep them with a deep conditioner to avoid irritation later on.
  • Wear a silk or satin bonnet to maintain kinky braids or twists. Avoid tying them in a ponytail, as it may strain the roots and damage your hair.
  • The hair under the extensions requires regular care. Spraying leave-in conditioners or nourishing oils daily is a must to protect kinky twists.
  • Installing kinky twists takes time. It may take up to 16 hours to install the twists on mid-length hair.

How To Do Kinky Twists At Home

What You Need

  • Hair brush
  • Rat tail comb
  • Marley hair extensions
  • Hair gel
  • Boiling hot water in a bowl

What To Do

  1. Start off by brushing out all the knots and tangles from your hair.
  2. At the very front of your head, use a rat tail comb to neatly partition and pick up a 1 inch section of hair. You could use some sectioning clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way.
  3. Apply some hair gel at the roots of this section to give it some hold.
  4. Pick up a section of hair extension and fold it in half. Marley hair extensions are recommended here as their rough texture ensures that your twists stay firmly put in place without unraveling.
  5. Place the folded part around the root of your 1 inch section of natural hair.
  6. With your natural hair acting as the middle strand and the two halves of the Marley hair acting as the side strands, simply braid for about 2-3 stitches to attach the extensions to your hair.
  7. Then, redivide the 3 strands into 2 strands and individually twist them right till the ends in a clockwise direction.
  8. Now, intertwine them with each other in an anticlockwise direction right till the end. You can cut off the excess extensions according to the length that you want your kinky twists to be.
  9. Repeat this process all over your head until all your hair is in kinky twists.
  10. Dunk the ends of all your kinky twists in a bowl of boiling hot water to seal them.

Now, wasn’t that so easy! Lucky for you that kinky twists are one of the easiest protective styles to do on yourself. With that out of the way, let’s look at the trendiest ways to style your kinky twisted hair!

22 Stunning Ways To Style Your Kinky Twists Hair

1. Red Kinky Twists

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Wouldn’t you love a pop of color in your life? Well, not sure about life but these red kinky twists over your head are sure going to add color and edge to your look. To achieve this hairstyle, you need to use thicker extensions to get the required volume. Sport this bold and bulky hair and glam up your aura.

2. Short Kinky Twist

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African hairstyles are very accommodating. People with almost all kinds and lengths of hair can try them. Kinky twists look as amazing on short hair as it does on long hair. You can add a highlight of your preference at the end of these little twists like the brown highlights in the picture. Weave your hair in scalp-tight twists at the front only for about an inch. Then twist sections together to form the larger and looser twists.

3. Sunkissed Kinky Twists

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A great way to get ready for the summer is to add some light highlights to your hair to give it the perfect sunkissed look. These kinky twists cut into a short bob and soft waves have exactly those blonde ends that make her look oh-so-ready to hit the beach! This kinky twists style is also slightly unraveled to give it a more natural look.

4. Tightly Wound Kinky Twists

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The best part about getting kinky twists in your hair is that you can go as thick or fine as you want with them. Thin, tightly wound twists like these look delicate and feminine to say the least. But it’s the way that it’s been styled in a layered short bob that makes it look like a million bucks.

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Bright hair charms will look good on these tightly wound kinky twists. It will help add some fun and color to the look.

5. Subtly Highlighted Kinky Twists

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Subtlety is key when it comes to creating a hair look that is classy. Which is why the golden blonde highlights in this kinky twists style work so well to lend an air of sophistication to this dark toned hair look. Wear these twists long to make for an even prettier look.

6. Brown Kinky Twists In A High Bun

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Look and feel like an African goddess with this kinky twists style that is one for the ages. These long and voluminous kinky twists have been tied up in a huge top bun that is nothing if not over-the-top. The mahogany brown hue of the twists only adds to the regal vibe of this look.

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You can also use some hair accessories with this kinky twist high bun hairstyle, like skinny scarves, hairpins, or headbands to add some color and style to it.

7. Jet Black Kinky Twists

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Jet black protective styles have a charm of their own that cannot be compared to any other style. And this simple kinky twists look is proof of the same. Styled in a chic short bob, this fine textured kinky twists look is perfect for the modern working woman.

8. Dual Toned Kinky Twists

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Now this is a hairstyle for someone who doesn’t believe in the concept of comfort zone when it comes to style. Done using Marley extensions in silver white and golden blonde shades, this kinky twists style is a perfect combination of warm and cool tones. The streaky effect of the colors, the short bob style, and the humble curls at the ends adds tons of whimsy to the whole look.

9. Golden Ombre Kinky Twists

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Combine one popular hair trend with another and what you get is a unique hair look that’s all your own. The gold ombre effect on this dark kinky twists style works beautifully to brighten up her hair look and make her look like a trendy princess! This colorway and style looks best when done with long hair.

10. Kinky Twists With Silver Beads Accents

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A simple way to add a magical twist to your basic kinky twists style is to accessorize it in a way that reflects your personality. Strew some silver beads throughout your black kinky twists to add a touch of metallic brightness to your hair look. A half up hairdo will just elevate this style to the next level.

11. Black Kinky Twists With Brown Bangs

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There are lots of ways to play around with color when it comes to styling your kinky twists that don’t involve ombre or highlights. A quirky way to go would be to style your bangs in a color that is wildly contrasting to the rest of your hair. Side swept bangs in a chocolate brown hue stand out brilliantly against a black base of kinky twists.

12. Kinky Twists With Unraveled Ends

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The deconstructed look is all the rage this season, be it in fashion or hairstyles. This slightly unraveled kinky twists look is a perfect example of the same. The loose ends of these twists make them look effortlessly chic without being shabby. Just part your twists down the middle and casually push them back to finish off this trendy look.

13. Sleek Brown Kinky Twists

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It’s good to keep things simple with the cut of your kinky twists if you’re going for an unconventional color. So, a simple layered lob looks marvelous when done up in a kinky twists style in a vivacious brown shade. This kinky twists style is perfect for anyone looking for a protective style that is unique without being too over the top.

14. Magenta Highlighted Kinky Twists

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Little pops of color infused in an otherwise monotone style works wonders in refreshing your whole hair look. These thick kinky twists, for instance, have been given a new lease of life with the help of some subtle magenta highlights added to them. This is also one of those looks that can be sported by anyone regardless of their age.

15. Kinky Twists With Undercut

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The word ‘badass’ gains a whole new meaning when it is used to describe this bold kinky twists look. With long jet black twists flowing down her back and undercuts on both sides that create a stark contrast, this is an edgy look that’s definitely not for the faint hearted.

16. Mermaid Kinky Twists

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The mermaid color palette has made its way into yet another hair look – and how! Gorgeous ocean blue, turquoise, and green kinky twists blend together to create this out of the world hair look fit only to be sported by a mermaid. The beads and colorful thread accents only add to the beauty of this whole look

17. Blonde And Black Kinky Twists

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Combining light and dark shades works beautifully to create a hair look that is dynamic and a wonder to behold. This is further proven by these kinky twists that make use of blonde and black Marley hair extensions that have been blended together flawlessly. Swoop these twists over on one side and rest assured that you’ll be the coolest person in any room you walk into.

18. Burnt Sienna Kinky Twists

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Now here’s a hair color that you don’t see around very often. This burnt sienna shade of orange is the perfect warm toned hue to sport your kinky twists in. Keep these twists long to go for that perfect fall-ready hair look.

19. Deep Auburn Kinky Twists

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Dark, sexy, mysterious – that is exactly the vibe that you’ll give off when you sport this deep toned hair look. The dark auburn hue of this kinky twists style is not the only focal element of this gorgeous hair look. The curled up styling of the twists adds another layer of dimension to this dynamic hair look.

20. Cornrows And Kinky Twists Ponytail

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Now here’s a way to personalize your hair look if there ever was one! The X factor of this kinky twists has been seriously upped with the curved cornrows done on top. This kinky twists style has been perfectly finished off by being tied up in a ponytail.

21. Dusted With Gold Kinky Twists

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Who wouldn’t like to have some faith, trust, and pixie dust in their life, huh? Now, the first two may be a little harder to come by (bummer, I know) but you sure can add a pinch of pixie dust to your kinky twists style by going for a few Marley hair extensions in a metallic gold shade.

22. Multiple Browns Kinky Twists

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When it comes to hair looks, 50 Shades of Grey are a thing of the past now. What you need is a kinky twists style in gorgeous shades of chocolate, toffee, and coffee brown. You can sweep your twists at the front on one side and tie the rest of them at the back in a top knot to create a hair look that everyone will fall in love with.

Adanna, a YouTuber, shared a tutorial for those looking to diversify their protective hairstyles with short twists, providing viewers with practical styling ideas and inspiration on her YouTube video. On one of her hairstyles, she states, “This hairstyle looks like a morning star. It’s so beautiful, vibrant (i).”

Infographic: Simple Steps To Do Kinky Twists At Home

Kinky twists are one of the funkiest ways to change your entire look in a matter of a few hours. These African-origin braids are among the most popular protective hairstyles and can last up to eight weeks. Want to try them out? Check out the infographic below for simple steps to do kinky twists at home.

simple steps to do kinky twists at home (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Kinky twists are a popular protective style. You may get this look by braiding Marley hair around your hair roots. Then, simply twist your hair to the finish after about a centimeter of the braid. Because you’re using extensions, you may play around with different hair colors and lengths to create your own take on kinky twists. You can make them as thick or as thin as you desire. Twists that are thin and tightly wrapped appear delicate and feminine, whereas long and thick twists can make you look powerful and regal. Get inspired by the various ways to style your kinky twists shared here and pick the look that you can relate to the most. From high buns, ponytails, to updos, kinky twists can conquer any hairstyle. And while these stunning afro looks are low-maintenance and do not damage the tresses, it is essential to do proper hair care and moisturizing and get regular trimming and shaping to maintain healthy locks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wash my kinky twists?

Yes. You can apply shampoo on the scalp and scrub. Then, stand under the shower, keeping the pressure gentle. Let all the shampoo wash out, then gently squeeze the twists to remove the shampoo and water from it. Use a microfiber towel to dab out the excess water.

How long do kinky twists last?

When maintained properly, kinky twists can last up to 8 weeks.

Are kinky twists heavy?

Kinky twists are one of the easiest and lightest protective hairstyles. They cause little to no strain on the scalp.

Key Takeaways

  • Kinky twists are a type of protective hairstyle for curly hair that makes use of hair extensions.
  • This hairstyle may irritate your scalp so it is best to use scalp and hair conditioners before installing the twists.
  • You can either go extremely long or short with this hairstyle and style it the way you like once you install the twists.
  • Opt for highlights or colorful extensions to add a pop of color and gather them in different updos such as a bun, half bun, or a ponytail.
Ways To Style Your Kinky Twists

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If you are looking for some quick and easy ways to style your short twist, you’re in luck! Check out this video for awesome ideas to switch up your look.

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Casey Simmons is a curly hair expert with over 20 years of experience in management, operations, and consulting. She has done extensive consumer research and worked directly with chemists and the factory to create curl enhancing products built for simple routines. Through quality products, care and styling routines she has been able to encourage people to wear their natural curls...read full bio

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