Reader Question: Do Senegalese Twists Help Retain Length and Are They Worth It?


When it comes to braids my mom isn’t into them very much. I have done a lot of research about Senegalese twists and they seem like they could get my hair back to the way it was length wise. What’s your opinion on Senegalese twists and do you think it’s really worth all the money? – Sydney
Hello Sydney,

Senegalese twists are a good option to retain hair length and although they can be pricey I do think they are worth it. Typically they take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to install, so it makes since that they would be priced at $100 up (you will find if you go to a braiding salon rather than just a general salon the pricing will be more reasonable). The style lasts for 1 1/2 to 2 months so you are definitely getting your money’s worth.
They also give you tons of cute styling options:


Braids can be a pretty convenient low maintenance solution for ladies with busy schedules and or a high fitness activity levels. Just keep in mind that if you go this route you will still need to cleanse and moisturize your hair on a regular basis. For further reading about this check out this post: Braids Don’t Change the Game. If you neglect to care for your real hair, it can become dried out, damaged, and will need to be trimmed so don’t forget about your hair.

The reason why styles like Senegalese twists make it easier for you to retain length is because your hair is not constantly being manipulated. Each time you comb, style or touch your hair it has the potential to break off. When your hair is braided it gets a break from being manipulated enabling it to retain more length than if you were styling it daily.

While Senegalese twists are a good protective style option you still have to be cautious because if you have a braider that braids way too tight you can suffer from traction alopecia. Also constantly getting your hair braided can increase the chances of hair thinning, so while they can be a great way to retain more hair length you definitely want to avoid constantly getting braids back to back. If you ever feel that the braids are pulling at your edges too tightly don’t be afraid to speak up!

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To retain more length you can also try styles like buns, tuck n roll styles, two strand twists, and low manipulation styles like twist outs or roller sets. Anything that reduces the need for you to style or manipulate your hair daily will help you to retain more hair.

Although styles like Senegalese twists can help you to retain more hair length, I want you to know that extensions are not the only way to grow your hair. So don’t ever feel like this is your only option.

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