Box Braids v. Senegalese Twists v. Marley/Kinky/Havana Twist (Which Braid is Which?)

2013 was the year of braiding. Thanks to celebrities like Solange and Beyoncé, the trend of braiding took a lift off and, in 2014, it shows no sign of slowing down. Today we break down the most popular braiding styles, telling you what hair can be used to achieve the look you desire.

Box Braids


Box braids is the ‘do that never goes out of style. Can we even call it a trend? (After all, women in ancient Egypt rocked them.) Box braids use a three strand twist to lock it in place. Length range from shoulder to lower back.

They have been seen accompanied with head wraps and can be styled from a high pony tail to an elegant bun.

What hair should I use: Jumbo braid, Super-X braid (also goes by, X-Pression)

The difference between Marley, Kinky and Havana Twist

20131222-145304.jpg Three women walk into the store. One asks for kinky twist, another for Marley braid, and the third, Havana twist. Yet they all get the same type of hair extension. Why is that? Because whichever the style you choose, all three require the same type of hair.

The biggest difference between Marley/kinky and the popular Havana twist is the size of the twist. Havana twist are bigger than the Marley or kinky twist. For every two to three Marley twist, there is one Havana twist. A technique of the Havana twist also requires adding a portion of your hair, so there is a seamless transition from your hair to the extension. Which ever style you choose, it is sure to give you the ‘natural’ look you’re looking for.

What hair should I use: Kinky twist, Marley braid.

Senegalese Twist

20131222-120448.jpg Also known as rope twist, this style’s installation process is similar to to the Marley/kinky/Havana twist. Unlike the above twist, you use kanekalon hair such as Jumbo and super-x braid which gives you a tighter and smoother look.

This style can go from everyday look to elegant in a matter of minutes. The greatest benefit of Senegalese twist is that they are easy to take out.

What hair should I use: Jumbo Braid, Super-X braid. Marley(kinky) twist can be used but may be harder to use for beginners.

Aside from just looking great, these braiding styles offer a convenient and protective way to grow hair out, transition from chemically processed locks to natural, or take a break from having to think about your hair for about two months.

Check out the video my Kyss My Hair. She shows you four ways to wear any braid you choose to do.

All braiding hair extensions are Available in store at iDa.


Leave a comment below, and let us know what braiding style you would rock!

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