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TWISTS VERSUS BRAIDS: WHICH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

TWISTS VERSUS BRAIDS: WHICH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

So you've decided that you want a protective hairstyle and you've narrowed it down between twists (Havana, passion, Senegalese or something else) and braids (box, jumbo or something else), but you can't quite decide which to go for. Both styles look absolutely gorgeous but which holds up the best and has the most flexibility. Let's find out...

 

Installation

You might think that twists would be quicker to do but if you are individually installing them--especially if you are doing them yourself---they can take just as long as braids to complete. Depending on your or your hairdresser's skill level and the size of the braids/twists you want they can take anywhere from 4-10 hours to install. To make the process a bit shorter you might want to consider installing crochet braids. They are installed by first cornrowing your hair and then using a crochet hook to install the hair into your braids.

Winner: It's a tie

 

Longevity

Both hairstyles can last between 4 - 8 weeks if you look after them by wearing a silk bonnet to sleep and by keeping your hair and scalp moisturized and refreshed. As your hair is held tighter in box braids though you'll find that they hold up a little better. You might need to redo some of your twists after a few weeks but that is much less likely to happen with braids. 

Winner: Box braids

 

Flexibility

You can wear your hair in a bun, half-up half-down, in a ponytail or just about any other style you can think of with either braids or twists. Take a look at this blog post showing a few different ways to style braids that can be applied to both twists as well.

Winner: It's a tie

 

Keeping them fresh

Remember how we said that twists might need to be redone after a few weeks? Well, they are going to need to be redone even more so if you wash them. Because they are more loosely installed washing them can cause your hair to unravel completely from the twist hair. We recommend using Cantu's Root Relief and Root Refresh to refresh, cleanse and cool your scalp when wearing braids or twists.

Winner: Box braids

 

So will you be going for braids or twists now? Both of them look stunning. Shop our braiding and crochet hair to get the style you want today!


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