Being fairly new to installing braids or twists extensions, I thought that the only way to begin a braid or twist was by braiding the extension in with my hair. Wrong!
After researching, I realized that a popular way of beginning an extension is the way Senegalese twists are begun – by twisting the extension between two pieces of my hair, crossing the two pieces over one another and twisting the rest of the way down. This is called the Invisible Havana Twist Method!
It sounds complicated, right? Well, it does seem that way. At first, the movement of your hands twisting in opposite directions from one another does not come naturally at all but with a little practice and a lot of patience, you’ll begin to get the hang of it.
What I like about the Havana Twist:
It Is Seamless
You literally cannot tell where you hair begins and the extension begins – unless you use a color of extension that is completely unlike your own hair color. By twisting at the root of the hair, the transition from natural hair to the extension is seamless and more natural looking than the knot that usually forms when you begin the twist or braid with a braid.
Does Not Come Out or Unravel
If you get a good tight start at the root (which is fairly easy to do once you get the hang of the method) you will not be in danger of your extension coming loose and possibly falling out. I can’t say the same for extensions that are begun with braids, especially if your hair is finer/softer. When you begin an extension with a braid it is so much easier for it to loosen and slip out. And no one wants that kind of embarrassment.
This method does not put unnecessary or damaging stress on your hair follicle. PERIOD. And since I have less dense hair, this is a God send for me.
What I dislike about the Havana Twist:
With this method, it seems that it is easier for the perimeter of my hair to get frizzy fairly quickly. I’m not 100% certain why this is. It might be because the edges of my hair are shorter, so they eventually begin to puff up. I usually end up re-twisting the outer edges of my hair about every week and a half to two weeks.
How To Do The Invisible Havana Twist Method
One of my favorite natural hair tutorials on this particular method