20 Versatile Passion Twist Braids To Achieve Next Level Style & Comfort

Passion twist braids are a timeless trend. Here are 20 ways you can wear this style. Light and airy, passion twist braids are the latest trend to take the braiding world by storm. They’re the perfect option for the incoming summer weather, and they’re easy on your scalp and even easier to style and customize. Whether you’re into super long locs or chin-length bobs, passion twists are adaptable and flattering on everyone, so go for it.  

If you’re considering passion twists, but you’re worried that they won’t be worth the effort, you can rest easy. Passion twists are one of the most long-lasting protective styles out there. They’re easy to install, and since they form a tight curl, they protect your natural hair while locking in any potential flyaways. Typically, regular box braids can last up to 2 months if you take good care of them. 

With that said, straight hair can get old, and sometimes curl and frizz up. That’s not the case with a passion twist. Passion twists use softer, curlier hair, so they have the rare quality of looking better as they get older. If you keep your scalp clean, you can rock these twists for up to three months. Just make sure you don’t weigh them down with too many products. 

What Hair Is Used For Passion Twist Braids? 

Before jumping on the passion twist trend, make sure you’re using the right hair. Most braiding styles use Kanekalon straight synthetic hair, but passion twists are different. You’ll need curly, soft hair like the Freetress or Lulutress water wave synthetic hairline. 

This hair is curly enough to create that famous bounce, but not too curly that it distorts the braid. Most water wave packs can double as crochet hair because they are pre-formed and easier to interlock. You’ll need more packets of hair than you would with traditional box braids, especially if you want to try some of the styles on this list.  

Water wave hair packs don’t have a lot of strands within them. If you’re looking to stick within a budget, pre-part your hair and count how many braids you would like to install before buying any hair. 

Here are our top 20 passion twist braids to inspire you. 

1. Classic Passion Twist Braids

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Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve made passion twists your go-to hairstyle, keeping it classic is always a good option. Long, black passion twists give you the best of functionality and beauty, and they’re a solid base for any extra embellishments you might want to add later on. 

Though long and black extensions are frequent with passion twists, you can experiment with color, so keep scrolling for different takes on this base look. 


2. Short & Bouncy Passion Twist Braids 

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Long hair is fun, but sometimes you want to switch things up, and this chin-length bob is a great low-maintenance hairstyle. If you have hair longer than this, don’t worry, you don’t have to cut it. You can achieve a crochet version of this look.

It’s also an affordable option if you’re not looking to buy 5-6 packets of hair. Just cut the hair strands you have into half pieces and weave them in. Don’t forget to seal the ends by tapering and twisting them. Alternatively, you could use a rubber band at the bottom. 

3. Ombre Passion Twist Braids 

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Shake things up with a waterfall of colors. Ombre always looks good because the different colors highlight different sections of your face. It’s even better when you use passion twists. The naturally curly texture creates a soft and gentle look. 

Neutral colors are great, but if you want a complete makeover, go for something that makes a daring statement. With ombre twists, you can start with a base that matches your hair color, then transition into a louder, bold color. 


4. Ultra Long Passion Twist Braids 

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Long hair always looks good, and this version of spring twists resembles a cascading river. You can live out your rapunzel fantasies. Since the hair is lightweight, it won’t strain your scalp or neck too much, even when you pull it up into a bun. 

While they’re cute, they’re probably the most expensive twist variation listed here. Why? Because they require a large number of hair extensions. You could use 7-9 packets of braiding hair, so make sure you budget well. 

5. Water Wave Passion Twist Braids

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This style gets its name from both the hair used and the water-like effect it creates. You can tell that it’s a little messier than the other styles, which is intentional. The braiding method is meant to give off a flowy bohemian vibe. 

To achieve this, strategically tug on different pieces throughout the braid. Just make sure you don’t end up unraveling everything. Try experimenting with different lengths or pull the hair up into a messy bun for an effortless look. 


6. Crochet Passion Twist Braids


If you’re having a hard time getting the passion twist method right, try a crochet version. It’s a great alternative for anybody whose scalp is super sensitive. Pro-tip, make sure your cornrows are thin enough so as to avoid a “raised hair” effect. 

When you loop the passion twist hair in, make sure that you’re attaching it to the braid and not rubbing the crochet piece against your scalp because that might cause irritation. 

7. Rope Passion Twist Braids

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Passion twists are a fresh take on the classic tightrope Senegalese twists we all love, so why not mimic the look? You’ll need to maintain a tighter grip while twisting the hair. Rope braids tend to unravel when not sealed properly, so secure the ends with a tight twist.

Be sure to buy hair that’s long enough as rope twists tend to spring up faster, creating a shorter look. 


8. Goddess Passion Twist Braids

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Free-flowing and softening, goddess braids are an extremely popular style. Trying a passion twist variation will give you a flattering, carefree look. Since passion twist hair is already soft, adding loose strands could bulk things up, at least in terms of volume. 

To avoid this, make sure you leave space between the loose curly hair and don’t add too much. To give your hair some variation, you can use different colors. 

9. Super Mini Passion Twist Braids 

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These mimic traditional micro braids and would be feather-light on your head. If your hair is long, these are a great way to protect your strands from the summer sun.  

To double up on the look, try dying your natural hair to suit whichever hair extension color you decide to install. 


10. Brown & Bouncy Passion Twist Braids 

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Color is everything, and brown can be an easy way to shake up your tresses. Whether you go super dark or super light, brown will always flatter your face and soften your features. 

Another great way to add vibrancy to this look is to mix and match different tones of brown for a multi-layered aesthetic. 

11. Mid Length Passion Twist Braids

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Long is great, and short is superb but mid-length hair offers that sweet spot that allows you to enjoy the passion twists without any compromise. You can hold it up in a ponytail or bun, and you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way, like long hair. 

This length is perfect for a half-up, half-down look or a puffy ponytail. If you want a little less bulk, create thicker parts that will give off a natural protective style look. 


12. Cornrow Combo Passion Twist Braids

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Cornrows are already a protective style on their own, but when you add passion twists, you get the ultimate, glamorous protective style. Twist cornrows are a little different from traditional three strand plaits, so it might take a while to get the technique right, but keep at it. 

The style above is a short bob but that doesn’t mean you can’t go for a longer look as well. 

13. Golden Blonde Passion Twist Braids 

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This variation is the definition of blondes having more fun. It’s a flirty take on passion twists that gives off serious goldilocks vibes. If you really want the look to pop, go for a light blonde that reflects the sun’s rays. That way, you’ll walk around with a golden glow. 

If you’re worried about your natural hair color coming through, don’t be. Passion twists conceal your natural hair really well, and even if a bit does poke out, it will add to the depth of your look. 


14. Royal Red Passion Twist Braids

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Passion twists are already a bold look, but when you add red to the mix, you get the perfect combination of sweet and sassy. Red is the universal color of confidence, so if you’re trying to add some of that to your overall aesthetic, pick a vibrant version of this color. 

If you’re still new to colored hair, go for a darker red that won’t scare you away from trying something new. 

15. Super Jumbo Passion Twist Braids

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Going big never looked so good. Passion twists are already so soft and flattering, and the jumbo version only magnifies that fluffy, larger-than-life look. Much like the long twists, this will require a lot of hair, so be prepared to broaden your budget. 

Passion twists are usually light, but the size of these might add a little weight, so wear them loose as often as you can. 


16. Butterfly Loc Inspired Passion Twist Braids

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Butterfly locs are yet another trend that we love. They get their name from the small pieces of hair that stick out of each strand, mimicking a butterfly’s wings. You can pull off the same look with passion twists by leaving a small loop out while installing the curly hair. 

If regular twists look better as they age, just imagine how stunning these butterfly twists will look after a month. 

17. Diamond Part Passion Twist Braids

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Versatility and design aren’t limited to just your twists. You can express your unique style at the root with how you decide to part your hair. Diamond parts are popular, and they’re not just exclusive to box braids. 

Passion twists tend to stand out more if you use this parting method, so it’s best to wear this in a ponytail so everyone can see your hard work. 


18. Free & Flowy Passion Twist Braids

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If you’re a fan of goddess braids or butterfly locks, you’ll absolutely love this freeform passion twist variation. Not only does it create an effortlessly chic aura, but it’s very forgiving if you don’t know how to properly shape each braid. 

This look has a calculated amount of chaos to it that makes you look carefree, but also adds a level of intentional mystery.  

19. Triangle Part Passion Twist Braids

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This cross between a diamond and brick part is probably the easiest way to look like you put a lot of work and thought behind your hairstyle. The shape also allows you to grip your roots more effectively, and get a stronger braid attachment. 

To draw more attention to your triangle roots, weave in some gold-colored string. 


20. Bold & Blingy Passion Twist Braids

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Shiny things always attract more attention and make us feel more confident. Earrings often get hidden with long braids so why not adorn your hair with some bling? Hair jewelry has come a long way and you get to customize and come up with what suits you best, so go wild. Gold, silver, see-through, or diamante, there’s so much to choose from. 

Make sure you secure each bead or braid jewelry as this hair is silky and slippery. For added security, tie off the ends.

Twist Your Heart Out

Now that you have all of these options, it’s time to try passion twists for yourself. This straightforward tutorial should help demystify the method and have you looking fabulous as soon as possible. 

Tanya Taylor