For part one see this post. I think it would be safe to assume that these are commonly known as twists worldwide whether done on real hair, with extensions added, or number of strands involved in the twisting. I don’t get the whole “two strand” twist business, no one I know does them any other way so for me they are simply twists, I guess if I ever had three strands or even one strand twists I would still call them twists as opposed to “three strand twists” or “one strand twists”. The other name variations I know of refer to the type of extension hair used to twist or the size of the twist. When extension hair branded afro kinky hair, kinky hair and marley hair are used then the name changes to kinky twists or afro kinky twists these names are more common in the UK and sub Saharan African countries the brand marley hair is more common in the US and Caribbean regions.
In some parts of East and Southern Africa micro
twists which are done real tiny as the name suggests are referred to as Maasai
twists after the Maasai community. The Maasai morans (a moran is a warrior) of
Kenya and Tanzania are master twisters if there was ever such a word and the
interesting thing is that in this community it is the men who do the twisting on
their fellow men’s hair it’s considered a man’s job! They twist their hair and
dye them red with ochre, they actually end up looking like micro dreadlocks
on dyeing. While we are on the subject can anyone in the know please tell me
how the name Senegalese twists which is more common in the US came about because I am not aware of braiding hair
called Senegalese hair and the style did not originate from neither is it specific to Senegal (because other African countries do them as well) as has been
suggested by some people maybe a Senegalese braider made them
famous in the Diaspora. Oh well what’s in a name…
|Kinky twists curled in hot water|
I decided to add the following categories to this post since they involve some form of twisting:
|Hair threaded using Yarn. This is what close wrapped looks like; no spaces in between the yarn. Also referred to as yarn locks or yarn braids excuse the photo quality this was taken with a camera phone|
Made famous worldwide by Rastafarians but have been worn for generations before by different ethnic groups. The Mau Mau freedom fighters of Kenya for example who fought for independence from the British colonialists in the 1950s were known for their dreadlocked hair. Apparently theirs came about from hiding in the forest for long periods of time which resulted in their uncombed hair growing into long matted locks. Some of the fighters still living today are well over 80 years of age and have maintained their dreadlocks to this day. I had a grandma (one of my many extended family grandmas) called Grandma Loyce may her soul rest in perfect peace who had beautiful waist length dreadlocks. It’s a shame I never got to find out how she came to locking her hair before she died I only ever saw her a few times and none of my family members that I asked seemed to know everyone has a different story about her locks. Dreadlock variations include temporary locks as seen in the second photo below and sisterlocks amongst others.
|My cousin Jackie's dreadlocks, she has had them close to five years now and this is her current length|
What do you call any of these hairstyles or their variations where you are from or live?
Thanks once again to Tendayi for the Zimbabwean name and the lovely ladies who gave me permission to use their photos for this post, Jackie, Emma, Judy and random girl at church.
UK: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
US: The United States of America