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60 Stunning Twist Braids Hairstyles (Passion, Marley, Mambo and More)

If you’ve decided that you want to get twists, but have no idea what kind, you’ve come to the right place. We’re like Forrest Gump’s Bubba, when it comes to twist braids hairstyles. We have Marley twists, passion twists, Senegalese twists, Havana twists, flat twists, two strand twists, with and without braiding hair, and the list goes on.

Once you’ve figured out the type of twists you want, you still have plenty of options to play around with size, length, color and even volume. For most styles, the installation’s the same, or relatively similar. The only significant difference is typically the hair.

What is the best hair for twist braids?

While some people opt for human hair, synthetic is most commonly used, due to the longevity, as well as the considerably lower price. The type of braiding hair however will vary based on the selected twist braids style, like Marley vs Kanekalon or Water Wave, for example. And ultimately, that all depends on your goals.

Do you want a style that resembles your natural hair? Perhaps something more structured and sleek? Or carefree and boho? Would you like to incorporate color? You can also opt for crochet pre-looped twists, where the bulk of the work has already been done for you.

Are twist braids a protective style?

When extensions are added, twists are one of the best protective styles for natural hair. If wearing two strand twists or flat twists without weave, the ends of your hair must be tucked, pinned or otherwise put away, and therefore shielded from the environment, your clothing and other destructive factors, for it to be considered a protective style.

Twist braids are however a low manipulation style, which still makes them incredibly beneficial for length retention.

60 Chic Twist Braids Hairstyles that are Sure to Turn Heads

Not too many looks can beat the style, versatility and ease of twists. If you can wrap two sections of hair around each other, you can do a lot of these hairstyles yourself.

So get ready to be inspired and “Run, Forrest, Run!” to your nearest beauty supply store.

1. Two-Tone Afro Kinky Twists

Two-tone afro kinky twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @_cynthiaumeh

No frills and still lots of thrills, these two-tone afro kinky twists, mix colors 1B and 30, and are simply stunning.

2. Short Dark Purple Crochet Spring Twists

Black woman wearing short dark purple crochet spring twists as a protective style
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Showcasing the perfect shade of purple, these spring twists stand out, while still being surprisingly subtle.

3. Purple Passion Twists with Deep Side Part

Black woman wearing purple passion twists as a protective style
IG: @reinedebeaute_naturalhair

Very few can rock bright purple passion twists and actually pull them off. But for those who have the confidence, they make quite the provocative look.

4. Jumbo Rope Twists

Jumbo rope twists as a protective style on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @shaynaviolet

Exotic and exquisite, long, jumbo rope twists make a great vacation hairstyle whether you’re traveling over international waters or just lounging on a yacht in them.

5. Medium Length Marley Twists with a Deep Side Part

Medium length Marley twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @ange_liah

The ideal style for free spirits, from the volume to the versatility, we’re in love with these effortless medium length Marley twists.

6. Lemonade Braids-Inspired Feed-In Flat Twists

Lemonade braids inspired flat twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

This lovely look simply swapped out the cornrows typical in lemonade braids, for a delicious twist on the traditional.

7. Two Strand Twists Updo with Bangs

Two strand twists updo hairstyle with bangs on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @razorempress

Two strand twists are probably the easiest low manipulation look to install on natural hair. And they can be styled an endless number of ways, particularly the smaller they are in size.

Loosely gathered into an updo, with a few intentionally left out at the back, this two strand twist hairstyle is elegant and ethereal.

8. Flat Twists into Low Bun

Low bun flat twists hairstyle without weave on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @brianalynee

You seriously can’t go wrong with a straight-back hairstyle. Parted on an angle, these flat twists are proof that the name doesn’t have to be taken so literally.

And the best part is, when you’re done braiding, you can wrap the loose ends into a low bun, turning a simple, chic low manipulation look into a protective style.

9. Half-Up Half-Down Jumbo Havana Twists

Jumbo Havana twists as a protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @i.am.rachel

Jumbo Havana twists in a half-up half-down hairstyle are too pretty to pass up.

10. Red Flat Twists into Cinnamon Buns

Red flat twists into cinnamon buns protective hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
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Red flat twists braided back into two cinnamon buns? This style is too sweet not to try.

11. Passion Twists Lob with Middle Part

Passion twists lob with middle part worn as a productive style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @clatodd

Long enough to be versatile but without all of the fuss, this passion twists lob is fierce, feminine and flirty. Grab your braiding hair and check out the full tutorial below.

12. Half-Up Blonde Passion Twists

Half-up half-down blonde passion twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair

Ash blonde blends beautifully with her natural hair color, and is concentrated on the ends, resulting in an awesome ombre-like effect we can’t get enough of.

13. Half-Up Stitch Feed-In Flat Twists

Black woman wearing a half stitch feed-in flat twists and half passion twists hairstyle
IG: @lyssamariexo

Stitch braids are truly a work of art. And while we typically see them as cornrowed hairstyles, this half-up half-down feed-in flat twisted look can be counted among the masterpieces.

14. Flat Twisted Updo without Weave

Black woman wearing a flat twist updo hairstyle without weave on natural hair
IG: @neffyfrofro
Top view of a flat twist updo hairstyle without weave on natural hair
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Black view of a flat twist updo hairstyle without weave on natural hair
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This flat-twisted updo is too fire not to capture from every angle. Sexy, sophisticated and simpler than it looks to recreate.

This is one of those flat twist hairstyles that looks deceptively difficult. Thankfully, sis gives step by step directions for this unbelievable updo below. And the best part is, no weave is needed.

15. Black Crochet Spring Twists with a Pop of Color

Black woman wearing crochet spring twists with a pop of color as a protective style in her natural hair
IG: @marykbella

Even a subtle pop of color can make a standard, but still pretty, spring twists style stand out.

16. Jumbo Havana Twists with a Pop of Color

Blodne peekaboo jumbo passion twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @itsdoreseb

Going a little bolder than the previous style, a hint of blonde added to these juicy, jumbo Havana Twists, got this peek-a-boo look poppin’.

17. Marley Twists Human Hair Blend

Human hair blend Marley twists worn as a protective style on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros @amaka.mbagwu

For a delicate twist on the typical Marley texture, adding human hair can result in a slightly silkier style with spiral ends.

18. Distressed Ginger Jumbo Marley Twists

Distressed ginger jumbo Marley twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @joynavon

A bit shabby, but still chic, these distressed ginger jumbo Marley twists are a welcome departure from the more typical structured styles.

19. Bronze Spring Twists in Space Buns

Black woman wearing bronze spring twists in space buns
IG: @thisthingcalledfashionn

We are over the moon about these bronze spring twists styled into space buns.

20. Dark Purple Senegalese Twists Ponytail with Twisted Bangs

Dark purple Senegalese twists in a ponytail with twisted bangs worn by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @tupo1

This sophisticated Senegalese twist hairstyle gets a style boost from an understated, but still striking, shade of purple.

21. Sandy Brown Passion Twists

Black woman wearing long sandy brown passion twists

You just can’t miss with sun-kissed passion twists. Get your braiding hair here.

22. Marley Straight-Back Flat Twists with Beads

Black woman wearing Marley straight-back flat twists hairstyle with beads
IG: @monaxbanks

Thanks to length from added Marley hair and flair from wooden beads, this flat-twisted style is fire.

23. Distressed Boho Twists

Black woman wearing long distressed boho twists with copper ends
IG: @breakfastt_at_tiffanys

A distressed boho take on twists, we’re feeling this hippie chic hairstyle.

24. Marley Straight-Back Flat Twists into Two Low Buns

Marley straight-back flat twists hairstyle into two low buns on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @monaxbanks @braidsforyoubyme
Top view of Marley stitch flat twists hairstyle into two low buns on natural hair
IG: @monaxbanks @braidsforyoubyme

From the parts, to the perfect stitch “braids,” it’s the precision of these flat twists, plus the two adorable buns that makes this style so bomb.

25. Long Kinky Twists with Middle Part

Kinky twists worn as a protective style on a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @joynavon

No rubber bands. No crochet. No worries. This super cute kinky twist style is must-try, which makes this braiding hair a must get, and tutorial a must-watch.

26. Short Spring Twists in Layered Bob

Short spring twists in a layered bob worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

Layered and lovely, these short crochet spring twists are a must-do hairdo.

27. Mini Twists in a Jumbo High Bun with a Head Wrap

Black woman wearing mini twists in a jumbo high bun with a head wrap
IG: @ronkeraji

Whether you opt for mini twists gathered loosely into a jumbo high bun, or passion twists in a high layered one, both updos are giving beautiful and boho chic.

28. Passion Twists in a High Layered Bun

Passion twists in a high layered bun worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @syeda_bombom

29. Ghana Twists Half-Up Bun

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down Ghana twists protective hairstyle
IG: @sincerelyogohsa

You can’t go wrong with a twisted tribal take on a half-up half-down bun hairstyle.

30. Triangle Part Lace Twists Wig

Triangle part lace twists wig worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

You can look incredible in an instant, thanks to a two-tone triangle part lace twists wig, and a little guidance from this tutorial.

31. Long Jumbo Passion Twists

Black woman wearing long jumbo passion twists
IG: @nnennab

Big hair. Don’t care. These jumbo passion twists prove that sometimes more is more.

32. Short Passion Twists Half-Up Messy Bun

Black woman wearing short passion twists in a half-up messy bun hairstyle
IG: @dadouhair

Slay your short passion twists in a haute half-up half-down hairstyle with bangs.

33. Bohemian Distressed Twists and Faux Locs

Bohemian distressed twists and faux locs worn as a protective style on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @syeda_bombom

Why choose between twists and faux locs, when you can have them both? An unexpected mixture of these two types of braids, in addition to gold cuffs, makes this boho look even more badass.

34. Two Strand Twists Top Knot and Bangs

Two strand twists hairstyle in a high bun with bangs on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @curldaze

Try a top notch two-strand twisted top knot, no extensions added or needed.

35. Marley Twists Half-Up in a Jumbo Bun

Black woman wearing Marley twists in a half-up half-down bun hairstyle
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It’s no secret that we heart a good half-up half-down hairstyle. Needless to say, this Marley twisted jumbo bun is high on our list.

36. Medium Length Passion Twists with Autumn Tips

Medium length passion twists with auburn tips worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @thebrilliantbeauty

It’s easy to see why we’ve FALLen for this autumn-tipped take on passion twists.

37. Thigh Length Senegalese Twists

Black woman wearing thigh length Senegalese twists
IG: @jaleesajaikaran

Long and luscious, sis is serving in these simple, but sexy thigh-length Senegalese twists.

38. Half-Up Half-Down Red Senegalese Twists

Black woman wearing red Senegalese twists in a half-up half-down hairstyle
IG: @tupo1

These Senegalese twists stand out thanks to a delightful shade of red. The loosely gathered half-up ponytail is just the cherry on top of an already fabulous look.

39. Chunky Marley Twists with a Headwrap

Black woman wearing chunky Marley twists with a head scarf
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Not just for laying edges, a headwrap adds some major style points to these must-have Marley twists.

40. Jumbo Springy Afro Twists

Jumbo springy afro twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @mandyjacobz

Big in size, and even bigger on style, these jumbo springy Afro twists have us sprung.

41. Half-Up Half-Down Spring Afro Twists

Half-up half-down spring afro twists hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @adannmadueke

Our good sis shows us how to create a variety of hairstyles with her short twists, but she calls this one “The Lord’s Work” and we couldn’t agree more. Check out the tutorial below for the step-by-step to style salvation. Won’t he do it!

42. Cocoa Crochet Senegalese Twists

Black woman wearing crochet Senegalese twists
IG: @julialopes01

Whether you opt for long Senegalese twists or a short version with spirals, the versatility of crochet hairstyles remains unmatched.

43. Short Senegalese Twists with Spiral Ends

Short Senegalese twists with spiral ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

44. Side-Swept Ombre Mambo Twists

IG: @designsbyjazmyne

Chunky and charming, these side-swept ombre mambo twists are ombre-lievable.

45. Soft Jumbo Twists with Copper Highlights

Soft jumbo twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @ravishing_tresses

With the right braiding hair on hand, this is definitely a style anyone can DIY. We absolutely adore the ease and elegance of these soft jumbo twists.

46. Long Burgundy Passion Twists

Long burgundy passion twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

Vibrant without being overbearing, these red ombre pre-twisted passion bohemian twists are lit; not to mention, easy to install.

47. Half-Up Half-Down Peek-a-Boo Passion Twists

Black woman wearing  half-up half-down peekaboo passion twists with burgundy
IG: @dadouhair

A peek-a-boo pop of burgundy is all it took to elevate these pretty passion twists.

48. Havana Twists in Jumbo Space Buns

Black woman wearing Havana twists in space buns
IG: @the.melanin.monroee

These Havana twists gathered into space buns are out of this world.

49. Wavy Side-Swept Feed-In Flat Twists

Wavy side-swept feed-in flat twists protective hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

Wavy flat twists are much more of a challenge to part with precision, but as you can see, this stunning style is well worth the extra effort.

50. Waist Length Afro Twists

Waist length afro twists worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

From the length to the look to the texture, these afro twists are literally perfection.

51. Mini Marley Twists in French Braid

Mini Marley twists in a French braid worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @game_of_fros

Although fabulous when left loose, this mini Marley twisted French braid is magnifique.

52. Mahogany Two Strand Twists Bob

Mahogany two strand twists bob hairstyle on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @ravishing_tresses

This mahogany color is truly a game changer. Or should we say mane changer? Playing around with temporary hair color can take your two strand twists up a notch without the commitment or potential damage.

53. Grey Ombre Passion Twists Layered Bob

Grey ombre passion twists in a layered bob worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @marykbella

Styled in a lovely layered bob, these ombre grey crochet passion twists are absolutely gorgeous.

54. Short Passion Twists Blunt Bob

Black woman wearing a short passion twists blunt bob hairstyle
IG: @dadouhair

While we tend to be drawn toward long braided styles, short passion twists in an adorable blunt bob are pretty hard to overlook.

55. Red and Orange Flat Twisted Updo

Red and orange flat twist updo hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @theriver_oshun

We’re not going to lie, this style is not exactly DIY-friendly. So unless your flat twist skills are truly superior, you might want to sit this one out, in a stylist’s chair.

56. Jumbo Grey Havana Twists with Shaved Sides

Jumbo grey crochet Havana twists with shaved sides on a woman with natural hair
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The shaved sides of these side-swept jumbo Havana Twists, along with the gorgeous grey color, make this crochet style, equal parts edgy and exquisite.

57. Three-Tone Ombre Spring Twists

Black woman wearing three-tone ombre spring twists as a protective style
IG: @kishgathoni

No hue is taboo. You can switch up your spring twists, thanks to the availability of ombre colors from natural to neon.

58. Short Two Strand Twists Bob with Beads

Short two strand twists bob hairstyle with beads on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

This mini twisted bob is serving maximum style. Clean, dry, stretched, detangled and moisturized hair lay the perfect foundation for this lovely look.

Even if your natural hair isn’t in a blunt cut, the ends can be bent to a uniform length as you’re adding the beads to give that illusion.

59. Side-Swept Senegalese Twists

Black woman wearing a side-swept Senegalese twists hairstyle
IG: @braided__

Side-swept Senegalese twists are sexy, while still being subtle.

60. Short Invisible Locs Bob

Black woman wearing a short invisible locs bob hairstyle
IG: @hair_by_arie

While technically considered a faux locs look, its unique mix of flat and two strand twists earns invisible locs an honorable mention.

Now that you’ve seen them all, don’t get it twisted. These hairstyles might appear to be simple, but they certainly aren’t lacking in creativity or appeal.