Senegalese Kinky Twists, Wash and Deep Condition Routine

Rachel Okoegwale

By Rachel Okoegwale

Senegalese Kinky twists are my go to protective styles because of the natural looking effect I get when I wear them while protecting my delicate strands.

I maintain them by washing them every three weeks to keep my hair’s health level on point.

Now, when washing braids or kinky twists I really advice using a mixture that smells nice because whether you like it or not the kinky hair will retain some of the fragrance of whatever product you use and let’s not even talk about particles of your DIY mixture uuhhhhh !!!

I personally do not recommend DIYs when deep conditioning a Protective Style with extensions.

Products used for the wash:

  • Shampoo: ORS Invigorating Shampoo (pour into a bowl and add water to make it light n liquidy)
  • Deep Conditioner : Hawaiian Silky Hydrating Intense Repair (costs btw N1000 – N1200 and the smell is divine).

This is the routine I use to wash and deep condition my Senegalese kinky twists

  1. Tie hair in a very loose bun.
  2. Pour warm water on scalp to soften it then apply shampoo to scalp and wash/rub gently. After you’re sure scalp has been thoroughly but gently scrubbed, pour more water and let the suds run down to where your hair ends. Keep the rest of the kinky hair away from the soapy part. Rinse with warm water.
  3. Dry with a t-shirt slightly then section hair in 6 parts.
  4. Apply deep conditioner to the body of the twists and not directly onto your scalp. Apply in sections, from roots to where your hair ends avoiding your scalp floor. I cannot stress this enough. You wont need a lot otherwise it will become war to rinse out.
  5. Wrap your twists in a grocery bag or conditioning cap and let your body heat do the rest for about 30mins to 1 hr depending on your DC requirements. I left mine for 30mins.
  6. Rinse each section with cool water and dry with a t-shirt or lightly with a microfiber towel because its likely water would have touched the entire twists by now.
  7. Apply an Oil mix (mine contains – Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Grape seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil and Eucalyptus oil) to your SCALP, and massage well.
  8. Then apply Cantu Argan Oil leave-in Treatment or a leave-in of your choice to the body of your hair just up to where the hair ends in the extension.
  9. Allow to air dry fully or you may want to blow dry with just air. My dryer has a high fan mode so I used that to dry my hair closer to my scalp. Then i gathered the tips of the kinky hair and used high heat on it. So high fan mode for my hair parts and high heat for the kinky tips.

All done and ready for the next 3 weeks again.

So ladies I recommend washing and deep conditioning your Senegalese twists every 2 weeks especially if you intend to keep it on for a while.

To avoid Aunt Breakage’s visit to you household, please don’t make a PS and then neglect your hair for 2 months or more.

So, how do you maintain your protective styles.



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Alorye Ugar
CEO/Editor-in-Chief at Vivacious Media Limited
Alorye is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Naija Girl. She is passionate about Nigerian women embracing their natural hair and understanding how to take care of it.
She is an Accounting graduate from the University of Calabar, a Fashion designer and CEO of Vivacious Media Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.

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