The Power of Protection: Mini Twists with Extensions for Hair Growth

protective hairstyle mini twists with extensions

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One of my goals for this year for my natural hair journey is to retain length.  Although I have been on this natural hair journey for a few years, I have not been retaining length.  I decided to try a new protective hairstyle for increased hair growth.  Thanks to TikTok and Pinterest, I attempted installing mini twists with extensions.  I was apprehensive going in but I am pleased with the results!

protective hairstyle mini twists with extensions

Mini Twists: A New Cute Protective Hairstyle for Hair Growth

One night while scrolling in Tiktok,, I came across a post about mini twist.  Even though I immediately adored the style, I realized that my hair wasn’t thick or long enough for it. That’s when I discovered mini twists with extensions. Having braided my hair for years, I decided to give it a shot.

Prepping Hair for Protective Style

For a protective style to offer the most benefits, the hair needs to be healthy and moisturized before styling. To prepare for several months in a protective style, I washed, deep conditioned, and trimmed my hair. Additionally, I straightened my hair before trimming it. However, when attempting this style again, skipping the straightening step is what I would opt for, as it resulted in bone-straight ends and flyaways.

Installation and Materials

I began working on my hair quite late in the day. On the first day, I braided from 2 pm until just after 8 pm. Then, I continued braiding for a few hours on the following two days. Note: I had some commitments that caused delays in the installation process for me. Next time, it will be quicker.

TikTok told me I only needed one pack of Springy Afro Twist.  I purchased 2 packs of 12-inch and 2 packs of 16-inch.  In the end, I used a pack and a half of each.

Materials (Click the image for additional details)

afro spring twist afro hair for protective hairstyle for hair growth
parting comb
instant control edge control for braids and twists


When I finally finished, I only had two regrets in this process.  For one, I regret starting with straight hair because it made it more difficult to blend the hair.  Secondly, after using less hair in a few twists I decided I liked the smaller twists better.  I wish I had used smaller twists all over.  

mini twists with extensions

Overall, I would say my first attempt at installing mini twists with extensions was a success.  I will be giving my hair lots of TLC while in twists and hopefully, this is a protective style that can encourage growth and length retention for me.  I will be checking back in with my results.

Thank you so much for reading!  Until next time!


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