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My Jumbo Twists: Pics, Pros & Cons

Hello My Loves,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! I couldn’t wait to share my new ‘do with you! And no I wasn’t trying to rhyme on purpose! Anywho, I am rocking these long, jumbo twists as a protective style. I installed them using the crochet hook method.



This hair already comes pre-twisted so it makes things so much easier. All I had to do was braid my hair in somewhat of an X pattern (see video, here) as the foundation. I used six packs of the Que Jumbo Senegal Twist by Shake N Go in color 1B. They’re about $6 a pack from Typically people tend to use between 6-7 packs, depending on how full you want it to be.


I love this style because not much maintenance is required. It allows you to just get up and go. It is also very stylish but there are are a few downsides:

1. It’s heavy

It doesn’t bother me too much when it’s down but you can really feel the weight with other styles, like a bun. I wonder how Marge Simpson felt.

2. It makes showering a task

It took my mother and I several attempts to get all of this hair tied up so that I could bathe! What I found helpful was tying the scarf around the front portion of my hair and tying a plastic bag around the bottom so that it wouldn’t get wet. The struggle.

3. Sleeping isn’t very comfortable

I toss and turn enough as is. These twists hanging on my back don’t help matters.

4. They get caught on nails and jewelry, causing it to snag and appear frizzy.

No fun. 😑

Even with all of this, I still like my hair and am looking forward to trying other pre-twisted styles and maybe playing around with some color.

What do you guys think? What are some of your go to protective styles? Would you try or have you already tried this style? What did you think?

The College Grad

Twitter: @_thecollegegrad

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