Fancy twists and braids are a great way to style your hair. Whether you're going for that soft, dreamy romantic look, the boho beach look, or even the strong rock-chic braids look, here are 13 different twists and braids you can try at home.
Micro braids are the result of braiding full strands of hair but in extremely small strands. A popular style among the likes of Nicki Minaj, there are no fancy twists and braids, only very basic braiding. And it takes an insane amount of time to do a whole head.
All you need to do is split your hair into a gazillion tiny sections and start braiding away. We personally think getting a professional to do it would save you a lot of time and energy!
Tree braids are a protective extension style that gets its name because it resembles a tree. The hair extension is attached and braided on to the root, but then it branches out and is left unbraided to give the look of free-flowing hair.
To attempt this at home, check out the full tutorial here.
This is an ancient hair grooming style with hair that is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row.
Again no fancy twists and braids --- it's just like doing a regular dutch braid except smaller.
Basically, you take the strand that's at the front and swap it with the one that's closest to the ear. Next, grab the third strand and again, bring it under the middle strand and repeat taking up small sections of hair into the cornrow as you go along.
Finish by plaiting the remainder of the hair. Check out the full tutorial for beginners here.
4. Marley Twists
Marley twists are known for their coarser, more natural look which involves twisting the hair extensions along with your natural hair. The name is inspired by singer Bob Marley and is a replica of his own hairstyle that was all the rage back in the 80s.
If you would like to attempt this hip, retro look at home check this easy tutorial out.
5. Faux locs
Faux locs involve braiding the hair extension together with your natural hair and then twisting a separate hair extension around and around until you reach the bottom.
Important tip when doing this at home is not to twist too many rounds at the roots --- it doesn't look good when you do this. Check out the full tutorial here.
6. Yarn Braids
Ever wanted unicorn hair just by using fancy twists and braids? Then yarn braids are your go-to.
Of course, you can braid in whatever colour you like. However, unicorn and rainbow braids are trending right now. To achieve this at home we hope this tutorial helps!
7. Box Braids
Box braiding gets its name from the way you section your hair before braiding the hair extensions together with your natural hair.
To begin with, you will need to section your hair to make it easier to do them, row by row. We're not saying it is impossible, but unless you grow eyes on the back of your head, it might be best to get this professionally done.
Sections need to be very precise squares or triangles, and should use the three-strand braid. To try this at home, get some useful tips from the tutorial here.
8. Senegalese Twists
Senegalese Twists involves a lot of twisting and rotating of your hair on opposite sides.
To start, split your natural hair in half and then twist in the hair extensions together on both sides in opposite directions. Next, rotate both columns until they form one big twisted column.
Watch the step by step video to do this at home.
9. Crochet Braids
This hairstyle starts with cornrows, which you later attach hair extensions to using a crochet hook. It's a great way to put in extensions for that big hair afro look, or putting in hair extensions that are already fixed braids or locs.
To see how it's done you can watch it here.
10. Ghana Braids
Ghana braids are basically braids that start off small but increase in size as you add more hair extensions in while continuing to braid all the way to the end.
No fancy twists and braids, just the usual three-hair strand braid to which you add in sections of hair extension for volume as well as length.
It is a very complicated and tedious process to explain so we'll just link to the video here so you can see how it is done for yourself.
11. Havana Twists
Havana twists are just a chunkier version of the Marley twist. So, all you need to do is to make the sections larger and twist larger amounts of hair.
Still don't get it? Watch how it's done here.
12. Nubian Twists
Another two-strand twist, Nubian twists use hair extensions that are playfully short for a bouncy, carefree look.
It involves fancy twists and braids, but you start off with braiding the hair extensions in first until the end of your natural hair, before twisting the remaining hair.
13. Dutch Braids
Out of all the fancy twists and braids around, this is by far the easiest to do. Just take a look around and you'll see lots of women sporting the double dutch braid. Think Kim K but on your hair!
Very much like the french braid but in reverse. You want to braid it straight down to the back and not on the side of your head picking up more hair as you braid along.
It is super simple and quick to do! To see how its done watch it here.
Would you attempt doing these fancy twists and braids at home?
Some of these fancy twists and braids may look complicated, but they are not that tough to try. Plus, the finished hair look is ah-mazing! Who would have thought fancy twists and braids can totally revamp your look from drab to fab?!
Whether you attempt these fancy twists and braids at home yourself or get them professionally done at the salon, do share your pictures with us in the Comments section below!