Which Is Better Braids Or Twists? ANSWERED!

If you want to get your hair braided but aren’t sure if box braids or twists are the way to go, today’s your lucky day! I’ve asked that very same question to some of my braid-enthusiast friends, including my hairdresser, and this is what they have to say.

Braids are definitely better than twists for several reasons, the most important being that they are easier to maintain than twists as they require a three-strand plait. In contrast, twists only require two-strands, so they are easier to unravel.

Take a look at the table below to see other reasons that make braids better than twists:

Braids require less maintenance than twistsThe braiding process is quicker
Braids last longer than twistsTwists are easier to style and can be styled immediately after braiding
Braids are easier to wash as they will not unravel from washingTwists don’t tug and pull on your hair as much a tight braids
Braids weigh less when wet
Table Showing The Reasons That Make Braids Better Than Twists

Keep reading to get more info on exactly what sets braids and twists apart so that you have all the information you need to be able to pick the right hairstyle to fit your lifestyle. Take a look!

1. Maintenance

The amount of maintenance needed is an important differentiating factor between braids and twists. As we’ve already mentioned, twist need a lot more maintenance than braids do, so if you’re a busy, active woman, then twists may not be for you, especially if you enjoy working out or playing sports!

With braids, you can wash your hair once a week and apply deep conditioning treatments and hair oils without worrying that your braids will come undone; unfortunately, the same does not apply for twists.

When it comes to maintaining twists, the process is much longer and much more tedious as you often have to re-twist the hair extensions after wash day, and applying conditioners to your hair can give it slip, which will, yet again, cause your twists to unravel.

As we know, it’s important to keep your hair clean and moisturized when it is in a protective style like braids or twists, so if you intend to follow this important hair care step, then twists may not be the best option for you.

2. Longevity

Braids are a staple style that we all love as they help our hair grow, and they last! When you get your hair braided, you know that you have at least 4 weeks before you need to style your hair again. Though the same can’t be said for twists, braids definitely win when it comes to longevity!

Braids and twists have a lifespan of 6-8 weeks ideally. However, I do recommend that your keep your hair braided for longer than 4 to 6 weeks at a time as protective styles like braids and twists can keep your natural hair from getting the moisture and hydration it needs. That being said, often twists only last 2 weeks before they begin to unravel!

However, it’s important to mention that whilst twists don’t last as long, they do look neater for longer. This is because when your natural hair starts to grow out with twists, your roots (where your new hair growth is) blend in with the twists as they grow out, unlike braids where the knots get pushed back further away from the root.

3. Weight

In general, braids do weigh more than twists unless the twists are really thick. This is due to the fact that Box Braids typically require more hair extensions for the 3-strand plait.

Twists actually absorb more water than braids do, so when you wash your braids or go for a swim, not only will you have to worry about re-twisting your twists, but you’ll also have this added weight on your head that could cause you to have a stiff neck!

So if you want braids for a cute protective style over the summer, just bear in mind that if you plan on spending your days by the pool, then you’ll need to think twice about your style of braids.

Pro Tip: When it comes to twists, there are four common types Senegalese, Havana, Kinky, and Marley twists. Senegalese twists are the heaviest!

Final Thoughts

Now that you know the ins and outs of braids and twists, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision before you choose your next hairstyle. I can’t wait to see what style you go for!

Related questions

Is it better to twist or braid natural hair?

Braids stretch your natural hair more and give it more elongation than twists, not only that but they also create less frizz. So if you’re after less shrinkage and less frizzy hair then braids are the way to go, though twists are a lot quicker. For the best results, braid your hair when it is dry and not wet to avoid breakage.

Does twist braids grow hair?

When it comes to twists and braids or other such protective styles, they do grow your hair and it’s easy to notice too! When your natural hair starts to grow, it loosens the braid as the braids are formed close to your scalp. Your natural hair will become more exposed as it grows.

What is the best hair to use for twist braids?

The best hair to use for twist braids is Kanekalon hair for silky-style twists or Toyokalon hair for yaki-style twists. Even though some women prefer using Marley hair, there’s nothing wrong with it; Kanekalon hair is just way better!


Hey, I’m Jodie, the gal behind CraftyHairHacks. I have a deep passion for hair extensions, hairstyles, and almost anything that has to do with hair, which leads me to the writing and research I do for this website daily. Our site is still small, however, we’re pushing to get the best hair hacks out to as many as people as possible. ENJOY!

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