Recently I attended an event where I had the opportunity to meet celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood. I became familiar with her when I was miserably bored with my hair and went on a desperate online image search for inspiration. My eyes fell on Felicia’s ‘Fold and Tuck’ style, and though I was no stranger to the folding and tucking technique, I’d never seen it like this! I was instantly a fan. That one image inspired me to be more creative with my hair, to have more fun with styling and gave me the urge to dig some creativity from deep within myself.
These styles allow you to play with texture and color safely, give yourself a break from styling and detangling and are a great option if you temporarily desire longer lengths.
1. Senegalese Twists
Small to medium twists using silky Kanekalon hair and partings less than 1” wide.
Small to medium twists using kinky Marley hair and partings less than 1” wide.
Large to extra large twists that also use kinky Marley hair with partings that are generally 1” or more wide. The finished look blends in well with 4 type natural hair.
Large individual braids using Kanekalon hair and partings that are generally ¾” to 1” wide. These are unique because they are braided very tightly down the strand, which creates a curved end. These braids tend to be very hard or firm due to the tension required to braid down the strand.
5. Genie Locs and Yarn Braids
Utilizes acrylic knitting yarn wrapped around a braid or twist (or braided/twisted in with natural hair to extend length) and produces a matte or dull finish that resembles loced Type 4 hair.
Resembles locs with a silky finish. Silky locs utilize Kanekalon hair that is wrapped around a braid or twist, or braided/twisted in with natural hair to extend length.
Note: Always seek out a professional to help you achieve these styles if you are unfamiliar with choosing hair. Never get braids or twists done too tightly. Always make sure your hair is well moisturized, especially prior to adding any extensions. I personally recommend that styles are kept no longer than 1 month, but you must use your own discretion in deciding how to care for your hair and scalp.