I’m always trying out different protective hairstyles. Honestly, after being natural for 10 years, I really just can’t be bothered with my own hair anymore. Plus, getting your hair braided is much more affordable in Kenya than it is in the US, so I treat myself to braids as part of my monthly self-care routine!
The latest protective hairstyle I’ve tried is called spring twists, though some places also call them nubian twists. They get their name from the buoyancy of the hair that is used, which comes pre-curled and pre-twisted. When you pull on the twist (as my son likes to do), they spring right back into place!
Passion twists is a style that’s often confused with spring twists. So what’s the difference between the two? While spring twists are made with pre-twisted hair, passion twists are made with hair that is pre-curled, but not twisted.
To install spring twists, the stylist separates the hair and then two strand twists it onto your own hair, starting with a braid to securely attach it to your roots. Some people also install spring twists using a crochet braiding method, but mine were individuals throughout. I did cut them a bit to better frame my face, and I think the cut really makes them stand out.
The best part about spring twists is how light they are! They’re SO light. Nearly weightless. So they’re really great for people who feel like regular braids weigh their hair down. Just like with knotless braids, these were completely pain free. I had them in for a month before getting the edges redone, and will probably keep them in for another 3 or 4 weeks.
If you want to see more examples of this protective hairstyle, check out the gallery below!
Gallery images: 1) @braidsbyaja 2) @uniquerenee 3) @ayanna.leigh 4) @olushola_ 5) @barbara_udenze 6) @nknaturalz 7) @hairbyambz 8) @hairbyambz 9) @braidsbyaja