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Braids vs Twists

• May 3, 2011

Reader Anna says;

I used to do braids and twists interchangeably but lately I’ve realized that my hair responds much better to braids than twists. For me, braids help my hair to lock in moisture better and stretch it more effectively. Lately I’ve actually found twists to be detrimental. For me, they lead to a lot of tangling and knotting and, because they are more loose than braids, I find that they trap more dirt and lint. I thought it would be interesting to know whether your readers prefer braids or twists, and why it works for their hair.

Great question! Ladies, when styling do you prefer braids or twists? Which works better for your texture and why?

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Gully
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Twists are already time consuming enough to put in so braids would be even extra trouble for me but I relate to the problems with twists. As my hair grows, it gets tangled especially at the roots in twists and ssks appear at the ends where the twists don’t hold well. I think it’s exacerbated by spritzing with spray in between washes. However no lint gets trapped in my hair whatsoever. I think twists can be much more drying especially on the ends of the hair which can lead to splits and retention issues. If braids were not a pain… Read more »
fran
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braids, a thousand times over! i can never get my twists to stay tight and not unravel.

vonnie
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Lately I’ve actually found twists to be detrimental. For me, they lead to a lot of tangling and knotting and, because they are more loose than braids, I find that they trap more dirt and lint” exactly my experience! i’m so team braids now lol.….much better for my hair, less ssk or tangles

Kay
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I have 4c hair. I love how twists look and love the curls twist outs gives me. However twists definitely tangles my hair more and very hard to detangle during wash time so recently I resorted back to braids and braid outs as I lose a lot of hair from twists and twist outs.

mangomadness
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I prefer braids to twists. I mostly wear braid outs. I prefer braids over twist because they stretch my hair out better, lead to more voluminous “out” styles and blend the different textures of hair on my head better.

Braid outs always turn out great as opposed to twist outs that are hit or miss for me. Two-strand twisted bantu knot outs also work well for me for the same reason mentioned above.

julia
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Mx
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I have very course kinky/wavy hair and braids are so much more difficult to undo. And twist unravel easily my hair, especially if my twist were in a bun, since the bun stretches it out some. I have about 30–50% shrinkage. The only problem thAt I have with twists is that they unravel at the ends, so I have to be sure to tuck the ends. (via bunning)

Sue
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Braids(cornrows included!): I have thick kinky hair. Twists tend to knot at the ends. If I do twist, it is either using extensions which helps to keep the hair at the ends separated or to finish off cornrows.

Braids also help in stretching hair, I rarely use a blowdryer now.

Bree
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I like how easy cornrows are to moisturize and they’re nice to wear during workouts. However, twists are my go-to style. They’re easier to keep moisturized than box braids, take less time to style and less time to take out.

alyson
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same here

LadyV69
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It’s six of one, half dozen of the other for me. My hair is thin and fine, so both braids and twists look very scalpy on me. I don’t wear either style out of the house. For comparison’s sake, twists don’t take as long to dry and are easier for me to take down. I get better definition with flat twist outs, so I mostly do those. Braidouts are hit or miss for me because they take longer to dry and are harder to take down. My hair doesn’t tangle or excessively regardless of the style.

lashon shorty
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I prefer twist. I feel braids place more tension on your hair. Some people mentioned how their twist cause knots at the scalp when taking their hair down. I use to experience that also, but what I do is soak my hair first then take a big tooth comb and comb my hair while wet. The results for me are less tangled hair and less hair loss. Plus I use Hydratherma Natural hair care products which soften my hair adds moisture and body with style when my twist are unraveled.

lynny
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Yes as much as I LOVE the Twist style they do not stay in!

Always falling out after two weeks, not worth the money if you ask me.

Gully
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you pay? I am always diy because natural salon prices are no joke!

Pooks
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I was gonna make a video about this (probably still will), but nowadays, braids are the better option fo me for longterm protective style — twists tangle more on me. I have fallen in love with some of my recent twistouts though.

June Chante
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I have slowly started transitioning out of twists and into braids, which so far has been a warm welcome because it stretches my hair out a lot better (I deal with major shrinkage, which isn’t too nice to me come detangling time. Besides shrinkage, I transitioned to see if the twists were the cause of the excess knots I have been getting in my hair –it has been seriously getting out of control to the point I see little tiny knots on several strands of hair –any suggestions for that? Am I detangling wrong? Maybe not enough?

Brandi
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Eh twist unravel at my crown, but braids take way too long to put in/remove.… so until i stop being lazy twists are my favorite

Whitney
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Twists are my go-to style: Flat twists, regular twists, mini-twists, ect. They are easy for me to do and they stay in my hair for a week or until my next wash day. Every now and then I will put braids in my hair, but they take a long time for me to do. I do love how braid-outs look, but I have yet to master a beautiful braid-out.

Smallfro
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Twist are the answer for me. I especially like twist outs. I do not find that my hair tangles excessively. I have not tried a braid out. I will probably wait until I can do bigger braids. I now do probably 150–200 twist in per week. Takes 1–2 hours. 1–2 days to dry. Would take way to long to do that many braids.

Tia
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I LOVE cornrows! I really want to find more styles with cornrows because twists just don’t work for me. Does anyone know of any cute cornrow styles without extensions?

Pooks
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Check out the comments section of this post: http://bglhonline.com/2011/03/cornrows-for-women-video-submission/

emma
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I have the same problem! So, I figured, I started to do big braids in my hair after washing while the hair is still wet. Then put them pinned up for maybe a day or two so they can dry completely. Then I’ll take them out and put the stretched hair in smaller twists. This way i don’t worry about the tangles as much and I still get the easy styling of twists 🙂 btw my hair: fine strands, very thick, porous, coils, kinky, random curl patterns

jeje1718
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I have braids in right now. I agree with everything the post says. I find that I like the look of twists better, but I get more tangles and knots from them. Another thing too is that twists don’t last as long for me and the extra time it takes to do it, isn’t really worth it. Braids are easier for me to take out and tend to last much longer. I can wear it for 2 weeks, and wash my hair while the braids are still in. The style doesn’t get too messed up cuz i focus on massaging… Read more »
CurlieGirlie
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I never really keep braids or twists in my hair because I am always doing braid outs and twist outs. What I do now is three strand twists on wet hair. While they are still drying, I braid them up to stretch them even more. The next day, I take them out, and I have wonderful stretched curls that last for a week. As the week goes by, my hair gets bigger and more fabulous. I LOVE this style.

mrs247
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Anna, I TOTALLY agree w/ you!!! I had previously only braided my hair b/c I could never get twists to stay in my hair w/o untwisting, but I was seeing them so much online that I decided to finally try to master them. Well, I did get them down fairly well & they did look pretty cute, but the takedown was not so pretty! I too had MUCH more matting and tangles than I have ever had w/ braids!! Also, they took longer to do and didnt last as long. I also get much more definition with a braid-out than… Read more »
Checia
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I personally prefer twist outs for the same reason pointed out here…they take less time than braids. As far as definition, either way it’s the same. When I take either down, by the middle of the day the front is fluffy and only the back is left defined. I’ll wash/condition my hair in chunky twists, then detangle as I make smaller twists and apply the final styling products. I leave it twisted to dry and a few days later I’ll take the twists out and either pin it up or leave it out. If I detangle I tend to not… Read more »
donita
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I just figured out that braids are better for my hair! I’m so excited. I loved twists for so long, but I can relate to everything that was written in this post. Officially on team braids now.

Lola
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I love twists outs. I usually put perm rods or flexirods at the end to keep the twists from unraveling that often helps. Braid outs look horrendous on me since my hair is fine and also I have many different textures through out my head.

Aurelie
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I braid the roots and then twist the rest cause I found that if I did only twists they would unravel and I’m not a huge fan of the braid out texture. I looove twist out’s and even when they aren’t out tucking the ends with bobby pins helps greatly!

Bumper
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It’s definitely twists for me as they look fantastic in and last me up to four weeks without excessive tangling as long as I moisturize the ends and add a little oil every day (I have 4a/b hair). When I do eventually take them down I can wear a twist out style for another 3 days. I have never braided my hair without extensions so not sure how the style would look with just my own hair. I also think they would not be as versatile to style as twists.

DanaMichele
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I usually wear twists, but on Sunday I wanted to try a braid-out for the first time. I finished plaiting my hair around 8pm on Sunday. On Monday morning, at 8am when I took them down, my hair was not completely dry and I did NOT like the results 🙁 I don’t know if its my length (about 5 inches), or if the braids should’ve been smaller, or if my hair just doesn’t respond well to braids. As of right now, I prefer twists because they’re a little more elegant than braids, define my curls very well, and when I… Read more »
Natalie
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Hi DanaMichele, Although I love twist outs I find plaiting my hair stretches it and produces less tangles. You are right it takes longer to dry when your hair is in plaits, I think this is regardless of length. I have bottom lip hair at the front and the nape of my neck at the back. I usually wash my hair Sunday night, I plait each quarter section into 5 equal sized plaits and the next day they are always nearly dry. I am going to try doing my hair Sunday mornings, if you can please do the same, which… Read more »
Gully
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Braid people — Can I ask how long your hair is, what type and how many braids you do. Also how do you take them down without tangling during removal? Mine always get really knotted during take down which is why I don’t do them. Plus my hair is too short so I would have to do too many to make it worthwhile. I’m sure if I was APL, I’d love braids but I’m about ear unstretched, NL stretched with 50% shrinkage and hair that loves to knot.

Natalie
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Hi Gully, I usually wash my hair Sunday night, I plait each quarter section into 5 equal sized plaits, I have bottom lip hair at the front and the nape of my neck at the back when stretched. When I get to the end of the plait I twirl the ends like with a twist. When I am taking them out I twist the bottom until it comes apart, it is really easy to prevent tangling when taking them out, just take your time, be gentle and oil your hair/hands a little. My hair isn’t long enough to do braid… Read more »
adamson
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I think twists look better, but they shrink easily and I get a lot of single strand knots, regardless of how gently I take apart my hair. I personally don’t like the way my hair looks in braids because it looks thin, even though my hair is fairly thick. If my hair was longer and even thicker, I’d probably enjoy braids more. My hair is in braids right now, though, because of finals season.

ms_overstand
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Like most of the posts, I prefer braids to avoid tangling. I have fine hair with low strand count, so my twists have to be mini to reduce the “scalpy” look. This means that taking the twists out are super time consuming, and very traumatic on my hair. I do like the twist/twist out look, but I decided its not worth it. From now on, I will only do bigger “at home” twists, and will rock braids in public.

Calara
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My hair fares better in box braids as well. I wonder if anyone else has the problem of course fuzzy puffs at the end of their braids??? I’m not sure how to keep that hair together (to keep my ends moisturized) without braiding it down to an itty-bitty knot factory.

Shari
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Braids stretch my hair the most. Removing them and I notice more SSK’s and tangles. I do love braids, but twists is where my hair is the happiest. I think because I do not pull on it too much and because they get to shrink back up on theirselves. Moisture wise, my hair is pretty moisturised regardless of the styles.

Ebony
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Twists—all day!…Unless it’s one or two french braids. I don’t know what it is about braids, but I just don’t like them. As I write this, I’m realizing that part of the reason is because I associate them with being child-like. My mother always braided my hair as a child, be it individual or cornrows.

Twists are easier to do and they remind me of temporary locs (which I love). To top it off, I feel they suit me better. The only downside is that it takes 5–8 hours to do them now, as opposed to 2.

naturallykat
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Braids protect my hair much better than twists, as I’m now learning. I tend to get tons of knots with twists, especially when I install kinky twists. I am now reverting back to box braids. I dislike it took me took me a year to figure this out.

Angela
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Team Braids.

Vette
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Team twists definitely! I get ssk’s and tangles from time to time with twists but it helps to use oil/moisturizer when putting them in and taking them down to reduce this problem. I have got to do twists only–braids are not an option for me. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and twists are hard enough for me to put in, so braids would tear my wrists up lol! Anyone else have CTS and find twists a better option to do because of the pain/numbness??

Catherine
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I love twists. I just got into three-stranded twists which are so much tighter and easier to take out.

Olivia Golding
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as much as braids protect my hair, i REALLLLLLLLLLLY HATE them. they itch and i hate how they feel. My own hair feels 10 times better the longest I’ve ever kept them in is 3 weeks b4 taking them out. for the rest of the time i’ll twist or plait my hair, and i don’t have hair tangle problems at all even though i have 4b hair.

Melissa
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I tried mini braids. I like the look, it stretched my hair but it was a pain to remove. It took longer to remove than to put in. I will never do mini braids again! I will try bigger braids next time but for now, I twist my hair and that seems to work for now. I prefer twisting since it is faster for me. My hair is about 11 inches stretched and honestly I do not want to spend too much time doing my hair. For ladies that braid, do you all part the hair? I do not want… Read more »
Natalie
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Hi Guys I love plaits for stretching my hair after I wash it. I saw it on Kimmay but didn’t try it for ages, glad I finally did because it makes such a difference, I wash my hair on Sunday night and take the plaits out the next day and do a protective updo. On Monday night I set my protective style for the week usually cornrows or flat twists, the plaiting stretches and detangles my hair. Twists are easier to take out though, I have to be so careful and patient taking out the plaits but the pay off… Read more »
dawn
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my preference is twists so far as aesthetics are concerned, but in practice i hafta say braids win out for me because my hair tangles less with them. plus, twists unravel from my hair within minutes of my putting them in because my texture is fairly loose in its dry state.

Jazmyne
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I prefer flat twist over cornrows anyday and 2 strand twist I LOVE. but regarding out styles. I definitely prefer braidouts.

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