Senegalese Twists / Rope Braids Maintenance

Senegalese Twists Rope Braids
Senegalese Twists Rope Braids

It has been almost a month since I had the senegalese twists put in and they are holding up well after four weeks of partying, working out, and whipping it back in forth. The twists are slightly getting furry but it is not that noticeable at all. I think that is why some people prefer the Marley Braid Hair when putting these twists in just because the kinkier texture blends in well when your real hair starts popping through the twist (that style will be my next endeavor post synchronized swimming season).

A lot of people use Edge Control products to lay down the baby hairs with this style, including my sister, but I am just not doing it...mostly out of laziness and I feel my baby hairs look tame enough. You can see them popping up a little around my hair line in the pic above. The only time I used it was with the Deep Twist Crochet Braids because my baby hairs contrasted with that wavy  long hair.

Before when I was wearing the Box Braids I was doing the most with maintenance in terms of making my own spray moisturizers and oiling my scalp every other day and since one of my new years resolutions is to not do too much with my hair, that is exactly what I am doing with this style. I have only been putting Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Oil in the scalp of my hair and putting some in my hand and finger combing it through the braids. So far no flaking or itching! And I have only used the oil three times! I gathered that I have a very oily scalp anyway and too much product buildup from other products I used to throw on my hair in the box braids caused a lot of build up, etc. So this time I am keeping it easy and simple. We shall see what happens after I take the braids out(crossing my fingers).

Senegalese Braids Rope Twists
Senegalese Braids Rope Twists

One thing to watch out for, especially if you have thin hair around your crown or long baby hairs like myself, sometimes the braid will start slipping or just completely slip out. I saw there was like almost an inch of slippage so I just pulled it out and gave the braid to my cat to play with. Didn't feel like braiding it back in (since I don't know how) and I just re-twist every couple of days and throw it back in the mass of twists. I do think the oil might contribute to slippage but I also didn't get my twists put in tight because it is just not good for your scalp, especially the hairs around the crown of your head (watch out for that traction alopecia)

His Favorite Bed
His Favorite Bed