Crocheted Senegalese Twists

I’ve loved and admired Senegalese twists for a long time. They are similar to kinky twists but there’s something “sophisticated” about them…..or maybe it’s just me :)
Two years ago, with the help of YouTube I taught myself how to do them and put them in my sisters hair. It was a hit! Everyone wanted to know “who did your hair?”



So now it was my turn. I wanted them too but I didn’t have the patience to try them in my own hair and I definitely was NOT going to pay anyone $200+ to do them when I KNOW how to do them myself. So I came up with this cheaper, easier alternative…I crocheted them in.

I did Crochet Braids three times last year but I’ve always used curly hair. I like Curly Hair because it’s soft and light but I could never keep them in longer than 2 weeks because washing them would be a problem for me. They would get matted and just not look right.

Crochet Braids done with Freetress Water Wave Hair
So after scouring the web, I finally found some pre-braided hair that looked like Senegalese twists HERE, braided my hair up and set to work.
The process is fairly easy once the braiding is done. I would usually braid my hair going straight back but decided on this pattern for a bit of variation.

To install the hair, you basically use a latch hook ($1 at the Beauty Supply Store) and loop the hair through the conrows. Depending on the hair used,  you will have to tie a knot to ensure the hair does not slip out. The hair is used looks narrow but it’s kinda thick so if you try it, make sure that your conrows are not too small.

                  
The entire process took about 6 hours and altogether I used 10 packets of hair. It sounds like a lot but each packet only has about 20 (really long/waistlenght) braids but I would advise against cutting them in half (to start off) because they will end up being too short. 
I plan on keeping them in for an entire month, but the operative word is PLAN. I tend to get bored really easy but I’ve already had them in for a week so that’s a good start. I plan to wash them every week.

Tip: Before installing the hair, I soaked the braids in a tub of warm water containing 1 cup of vinegar. I also washed it with shampoo and added a little Olive oil (this step is optional). This helps to remove the alkaline base/coating that is put on synthetic hair during the manufacturing process. This coating is often responsible for the scalp irritation and itching experienced when wearing synthetic hair. Click HERE to watch the video.

Have you tried Crochet Braids or Senegalese twists before? Share below

Until next time

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09055433108377515496 chimere Smith

    Love your hair…..how do you seal the ends because I mine only to the middle of my back

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Cool. I love Crochet braids, You can create so many different looks with them. Thanks for stopping by to comment :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hi Pasha, Sorry for my tardy response. I missed your comment. Yes, the ends were loose but I didn’t have any issues with them unraveling :)

  • http://www.yummommy.com/ K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    I’m getting ready to crochet braid my hair. One of my resolutions for this year was try different styles and I remember helping my mom crochet braid one of my sister’s hair when we were younger and thought why not try it now.

  • PASHA COOK

    Is the hair loose at the ends?

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hi Khenya, thank you.

    I found the hair at Golden Mart Beauty Supply. I used the Knot Silky (first one, second row), but there are lots of other options.

    Here’s the link to all their crochet braids: http://store.goldenmartbeautysupply.com/crochetbraid1.html

  • khenya peterson

    Hi , I love the way you did your hair . I have been looking for weeks trying to find the pre twisted hair like the one you have in the picture . If you don’t mind , would you please tell me the name of it and where I can find it . Thank you so much . Or you can email me it at khenyapeterson@gmail.com if you like , whatever way suits you 😁

  • beauty hair

    Thanks for this post, There are also other beautiful hairstyles in this article “Best 6 Braid and Twist Extension styles to do This Summer – See more at:”Best 6 Braid and Twist Extension styles to do This Summer” – See more at: http://beauttyhair.blogspot.com/2013/08/best-6-braid-and-twist-extension-styles.html#sthash.nxFB97jI.dpuf

  • Libra

    can u please email.me the name of the hair vrc5107@gmail.com

  • Chandra

    Yes it does! Okay I was curious, I have done that a few times on other people with long thick hair becuase it does make installation easier. But I’m still trying to get that braid flatter to the scalp. It does add height to the top but I can feel that bump also? I notice the longer and thicker the natural hair the more creative you have to get with that braid pattern.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thank you! I prefer this pattern because I don’t like the feel of the “bump” in the back of my head. I braid the long pieces at the top together, and lay them flat to my head. This helps with the height at the top as well. I hope that makes sense :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Ok, I understand. This may be a great alternative. Yes, I cut them just a little bit after I put that in.

  • Chandra

    I Love this and your braid pattern in the back is very interesting. I’d like to see how you brought the long pieces at the top together with the S braid.

  • tee

    I’ve done my own twists and the hardest part was getting them started at the root. This sounds like an easy alternative. Did you cut them after you installed.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    It was enough for my hair/head. If you’re not sure I’d suggest getting extra hair just in case :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Yep. Crochet braids are pretty awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thank you!

  • Kyra Riddell Huff

    Did you think the 10 packs was enough? I have a feeling that would get used up so quickly and I would run out

  • CJ

    Those looked nice on you! I had these in the 8th grade, back in 1998-1999. I loved them then, plus nobody was wearing any kind of twists back then–not even kinky–so I felt really unique, and I got tons of compliments. I currently have long, waist length kinky twists right now, and I did have Senegalese twists last summer. I will definitely be looking around to find this kind of hair because I’d love to have a shortcut to Senegalese twists….and save money. I love the ease of crochet braids plus you don’t get as much tangling and shedding after the take down. Another plus with the crochet twists is is for people like me who’s hair crawls out of the silky hair used for Senegalese twists after just one week.

  • Hi bye

    Hi I love this idea

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    OK, thank you. I hope it turns out the way you want :)

  • Kali Nicole

    I love this and going to try this out myself!!!!

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hi Seemah, thank you.
    I got the hair from here; http://store.goldenmartbeautysupply.com/knotsilkybraid.html

    I braided that section of hair together (close to my head) and used weave thread to secure it.

    If you don’t want it waist length, you can cut them AFTER you’ve installed them. If you cut them before they may ended up being to short. I’d suggest dipping the ends in hot water to give them a seal. Hope this helps,

  • seemah

    hi i love your hair! please i have a few questions:

    1. where did you buy the braids from or suggest i buy them from? 2. what did you do with the cornrows that were left hanging out ontop of your head? (referring to the picture of your braid pattern) 3. if i dont want mine as long as waistlength what do you suggest i do? since you suggested against cutting in half thank you! :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hi Sumatra, for some reason the Waterwave seems had to find. I’ve found it at a BSS on Abrams & Northwest Highway across from the Target. I get it most of the time from Ebony Beauty Supply in Oakcliff, they are a huge BSS that has everything :) Hope you find it

  • Sumatra

    Hi Vee! Do you know of any local stores to get the Freetress Waterwave hair here in Dallas? I have been to several stores and while they have the Freetress brand with many types of hair, they seem to not carry the waterwave. Thanks!

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hi Shalonda. Here’s a link of the hair I used http://store.goldenmartbeautysupply.com/knotsilkybraid.html
    Hope this helps

  • http://www.facebook.com/shalonda.shasha Shalonda Sha Sha

    I love this style but I am having trouble finding the hair on the link provided. can you help me?

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Sure. I don’t see why not, once your hair if able to hold on to the hair, then you can wear it. I’m sorry for my tardy response.

  • Anonymous

    Just a question can people of other races do this to there hair?I’m asking because I’ve tried other weaves and they just slid off my hair over night.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hi Rochelle, I sometimes do my friends/family’s hair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rochell.thompsonbaker Rochell Thompson-Baker

    Do you do other peoples hair?

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Oh wow! They look great Dionne/Coco Treasure. lol You’re so welcome, I’m glad you found a style you like :)

  • coco treasure

    BTW Dionne and Cocotreasure are the same chic! lol me and my personalities! lol jk

  • coco treasure

    This is how my hair came out with my Micro silky knot crotchet braids! I loooooove them! Thanks so much for the website suggestion and for sharing your idea!

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Aww man, I wish I could see them. You’re so welcome, thank you for sharing my blog :)

  • coco treasure

    I loooooooooooove them! Here’s a pic of the finished result! I used the micro coco knot because the larger size wasnt available in the color i wanted to use. everyone who i have shown your blog to just loves it! Thank you again! — Ok, i tried to add a pic but for some reason the site wont allow me to add my pic so I will try and change my user id!

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    You’re welcome Dionne. I’m with you, I don’t care who thinks it ‘s out of style, I love them ;)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    You’re welcome Ro. Let me know hope it turns out :)

  • Ro

    I’ve never had them before. However, after reading your posts and other posts in your blog, I’m excited about getting mine done tomorrow! Thank you for the useful information.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    You’re welcome Dionne. Let me know how you like them :)

  • http://twitter.com/CoCoTreasure Dionne Michelle

    I am ordering my hair right now, i hope I ordered the right one. Thanks again for such a great posting! #newfan #skillz

  • http://twitter.com/CoCoTreasure Dionne Michelle

    THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    I also have been a wearer of the crochet braids since the 90′s (we call them latch hook braids in cali since we use a latch hook to install them). I dont care who thinks it’s out of style, if it’s fly, i say ROCK IT! but i digress….

    I was looking for a style to wear that was not loose hair but pre braided hair that the net had failed me until I found your blog! Thanks for sharing your style and expirence with us all, your hair looks great. I am going to look on this site right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Oooh, i can’t wait to see them sis. Yeah, you have to be on the braider because so of them will try to braid your even all the way to your eyebrows lol

  • http://www.coilybella.com/ Tinuke Wilson

    I am getting some senegalese twist this weekend………I am already gearing up on how I am going to play “my hair” police to avoid losing my hairline. I still need to try this crochet braids though.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hey Tam, thanks. I definitely don;t think they are outdated lol. I like curly hair too and I’ve used the water wave in the past but i had issues with washing it so I wasn’t able to keep them in very long. I will revisit it soon though. Thanks for commenting ☺

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    I got them from Golden Mart beauty Supply online ☺

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3QFCKAUANZC2TVGTN2RERYLUI Tam're

    It is funny I happened upon this page, I too wear crochet braids and have been wearing crochet braids off and on since the early 90′s even after they were so called “out dated, out of style”. But the way that I do my crochet braids they have that look as if they are not crochets and that is simply because of the different types of hair I use. I am in love with any type of Freetress braiding hair but I tend to favor the “GoGo Curl”. I am now looking into the “Water Wave” (my local BS is very good about getting request in that they don’t usually have in stock) I like the curly hair just because you can’t see through to the scalp as much. ~Nice Work!~

  • Jazmynebarlow17

    Where did you order your pre-twisted senegalese from?

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thanks! Glad it worked out for you ☺

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hey Mary, it is “possible” to cut them in half, i just decided against it ☺

  • Mary

    would love to try these but I don’t think I could wear them that long. Is it possible to cut them in half? I know you stated that they might be short if you cut them.

  • Anonymous

    I love this style, I got it done previously in the shop, but it cost way to much and she complained about the hair being to hard (I rock micro knot braids). I decided to try it myself for half the price, just paid her to braid it like you have with a part in front. I soaked the hair prior sat down to it, and it came out Gorgeous!!! People tell me it looks better than when I paid for it. That front part made a world of difference. Awesome posting.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    You’re so welcome Janee’, I’m happy it worked it for you! None of mine untwisted even though I cut them so it’s should be fine. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Janee-Nealey/603566977 Janee’ Nealey

    I’ve finally tried this, after a while of debate. And I have to say that this is one of the best hairstyles I’ve ever had! It’s cute, cheap, and fast. It only took about 2 hours for the whole style to be done, including the braiding. I’ve already gotten so many compliments. My one concern is that some of the hair is starting to untwist. Right now I’m twisting it back, but I hope it doesn’t get crazy. Anyway, thank you so much for this post! It has made me a very happy girl. :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thank you! I think its a great protective style. Thanks for commenting :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hey Chenara, you are correct, I used the Knot Silky. I’ve never used the Micro Coco but from what I see on the site, it just looks like a smaller version of the Knot Silky so it should work just as well. Since your hair is thinner, that may be a better option for you. Let me know how it turns out and thanks for commenting :)

  • Chenara Johnson

    Are these the Knot Silky/Coco Knot Braids, the Micro Coco, or the Micro Braid/Micro Knot Braids? I think what you have is the Knot Silky/Coco Knot Braids, but do you have any experience using the smaller senegalese twists (Micro Coco)? Do you think it would work as well? I ask because my hair is significantly thinner than yours, and I’m worried that with the larger twists, I won’t be able to make my (natural hair) braids large enough for them to stay attached.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thank you! I think its a great protective style. Thanks for commenting :)

  • LaBell Sanders

    Very cute! I may have to try this.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Aww….glad I can inspire you CB. Thanks in advance for subbing. :)

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thanks. It really works and has saved me a lot of itchy scalp issues :)

  • http://www.coilybella.com/ Tinuke Wilson

    By the way, great tip on removing the alkaline coating.

  • http://www.coilybella.com/ Tinuke Wilson

    You did that?I am so inspired. I can’t wait for the video. I did not even know that you were on Youtube. I am going to subscribe now.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Thank you and you’re welcome! :) yes, definitely check out the video because that’s how I learned to do them :) Thanks for commenting :)

  • Beuluv

    They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I would like to try for myself. Can’t wait for the video I’ll checkout the other youtube video as well.

  • http://www.thehodgpepodgefiles.blogspot.com/ Vee_thehodgepodgefiles

    Hey thank you so much! I recorded a video on how I did it but it’ll be up till next week (shameless plug). However, when I wanted to learn, MissGlamourgirl1992 had a great tutorial so you can check her out. Thanks for commenting :)

  • Vee Dayvus (:

    Beautiful job and great explanation. Is there any particular youtuber that you would suggest to learn step by step?

    TIA!