My Thoughts on Havana Twists – 2 Weeks In

Havana Twists are a popular protective hair style that everyone seems to be rocking right now. I had been considering getting them for a while as I love wearing Kinky Twists and they are similar, but just bigger, which means they take less time to install and uninstall. However, with me, I don’t tend to do well with extensions because they start itching my scalp and just becoming a downright pain, so when I get my hair done I usually keep it in for 2 weeks max, regardless of the style. But, I had family photos coming up and I was thinking, why not.

My Initial Thoughts

After reading the good, the bad, and the ugly about Havana Twists at first I was kind of scared to get them. I read about people losing a lot of hair when taking them out and that is really the last thing I need. Then, others who experienced hair growth complained about the time to maintain, with weekly washings, the hair weighing you down, and so on. Anyways, I put my doubts behind me and called my stylist to schedule an appointment to get them done the day before my road trip. It took her about 3 hours to install them and afterwards I had a major headache because they were super tight and it was even worst trying to sleep with them.

Havana Twists

The End of Week One

When week one came to an end, my hair was still looking fresh, but it was starting to itch. I purchased some Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave – In Conditioner, which I was using every other day in my hair, so that could have resulted in the itching though as I’m sure the product was building up. Also, for my son’s birthday we went to Water Country and Busch Gardens, so the heat and water probably didn’t mix too well either.

Anyways, after reading various washing tips for Havana Twists I decided to wash them with the Jamaican Black Caster Oil Shampoo, which is awesome by the way. However, I should have done the spray bottle method that I saw in one of the YouTube videos when washing it because doing it in the shower was a hot mess. The hair got super heavy on my head and getting it all into the towel was the worst. I ended up having to put a jumbo hair tie on it to keep it there so it could absorb all of the water from my hair until it was dry enough to put into a high bun.

The good news is my scalp felt ten times better.

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Week 2

Remember how I mentioned the twists were super tight, well washing it and normal wear, didn’t loosen up the back row. So, yes, I had to take the entire back row out (no more high buns for me). However, also after washing it I noticed the ones in the front don’t look so good anymore so I am considering having all around my head retwisted to freshen them up or I may just take them out entirely depending on how this week’s washing session goes.

Final Thoughts

I read about people keeping this hairstyle in for 3-6 months, but honestly, I don’t see that happening. My stylist was shocked when I told her I would probably be booking a new appointment in a month, but I just can’t keep my hair in the same style longer than that. I like the Havana Twists style as it is cute and doesn’t cause me to have to do too much to it before I am ready to walk out the door and there are so many different ways I can wear them. We’ll see how long I actually end up keeping them in, though.

Have you ever tried Havana Twists before or a trending style and couldn’t keep it in as long as planned?



  1. Tiffany Hathorn says:

    I’d never heard of this style before. Glad it worked out well for you.

  2. ron leyba says:

    This looks cool. It looks good on you too!

  3. Rosey says:

    I think it’s fun that you tried the look. I just tried a new do too, but mine’s a zero success story. 😉

  4. rika says:

    Love your hair style, looks good! Your hair looks so healthy and thick!

  5. I wish I could rock those! I have so much hair that it definitely would go well together!

  6. Nikki Wayne says:

    I haven’t tried doing that in my hair. Two weeks is so long!

    1. admin says:


      That is how I feel. In fact, I just took them out this morning as I couldn’t bear keeping them in any longer. I may try them again during the winter months when its not so hot and I won’t be playing in the water with the kids to see how they hold up then.

  7. Nicole Escat says:

    Wow, I can’t have this for two weeks. My migraine might just come in an instant.

  8. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    In my opinion, I think it would be difficult to maintain a hairstyle like that. I don’t blame you for only having it for two weeks. I’ve always kept my hair short, the longest I’ve grown it is shoulder length. I just want an easy “wash and go” kind of hairstyle.

    1. admin says:


      I’m actually considering getting my hair cut into a short style. I figure it will be easier to manage and it will help me grow my hair back out. Right now it is just so damaged and I don’t think extensions are helping in the matter either.

  9. Elizabeth O. says:

    I think it’s gorgeous and it looks great on you but it does take time to maintain and it’s not something that you can simply wash and wear. It’s great but it takes work!

  10. It’s good that you gave this style a shot! I think it looks great! Learning how to manage the twists and keep them in good shape for long periods might take some time.

  11. Cindy Ingalls says:

    I’ve never worn extensions, probably for the reason you mentioned. I’m always worried about damaging my hair or getting headaches.

  12. Christine says:

    I think your hair looks great but I totally get it about not being able to leave your hair like that for longer than 2 weeks. My friend did tight braids in my hair in college and I had a KILLER headache after she was done and I only left it in for a couple of days (because I couldn’t take it anymore!) Kudos to you for making it this long!

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