Aug 13, 2012

Where to go for Senegalese Twists in Chicago

UPDATE: Click Here for PICS from my 2nd go round with Senegalese Twists - February 2013
Update II: Click Here for PICS from my 3rd go round with Senegalese Twists in Seattle - March 2014

A few months back I was at my local hangout (The Scout) and saw a lady with gorgeous Senegalese Twists. I didn't want to seem like a stalker, but I had to pick her brain to find out who had done her hair. After a short conversation she gave me the name of her braider/twister... fast forward 24 hours later and I had an appointment booked for that weekend.

I initially wanted the twists in preparation for my 8-day vacation to Playa del Carmen. Fun in the sun seemed even sweeter without the hassle of doing my hair. However, I ended up getting my scuba certification before the trip and after weeks of training and multiple pool and quarry dives, my hair had been ravaged. So, I only had my Senegalese Twists for a handful of weeks, but while I had them it was pretty cool.

For anyone in Chicago looking to find a super professional braider/twister, I'm more than excited to refer you to Nana! She does hair out of her home in South Shore, has wifi, and is super friendly. I'm often wary of going to someone's home to get my hair done, but her house was very clean, and she has a room solely for braiding. It took about 8 hours to do my long Senegalese Twists, costs $250 (she provided the hair), and was all-in-all a nice experience.

I didn't have a sore scalp and thought the quality of the Senegalese Twists was on point. Nana did cut each twist one-by-one to clean up the stray edges, and followed up with the use of the lighter on the top to finish it off. You could always choose to have her ditch the lighter if this could be a problem for you. When I took my twist out I didn't notice any damage that could've come from this process.Oh, and I might opt for the medium length twists ($200) the next time around. I liked having long ones, but the summer was hot/humid and I didn't like having the long hair after a while.

If you'd like to get your hair braided/twisted and live in the Chicago area, please give Nana a call @ 773-363-0711. Tell her that Ishea sent you!



Who: Nana - 773.363.0711
Where: South Shore (Chicago)
What: Braids & Twists
Costs: Varies - $250 Long Senegalese Twists, $200 Medium Senegalese Twists


55 comments:

Brittany said...

Thanks for this post because I was going to ask you where you got yours done at. I'm taking my braids out sometime this month and I wanted to try some Senegalese twist next.☺

KellyMack said...

Oh this is so fly! I'm so biting this style.

South Loop Social Light said...

Please feel free to bite away lol. I swagger jacked this from someone I saw and loved it.

Catherine said...

I may have to give her a call in the fall!

5k Divas said...

Thanks girl! You know I called right after I read this-lol! Im getting them done for my birthday!

nicole jackson said...

How long do these last?

Kim Fall said...

Thanks Girl! I have been going to nana for 12 years .this lady has over 20 years of experience . she is so good that she creates # styles of braids. Coming myself from Africa I will say she is one of best braiders and very sweet. you will not be disapointed

South Loop Social Light said...

@ 5k Diva - I'm glad you booked an appt!! You'll have to share your results.

@ Nicole Jackson - Like any hair style, it really depends on how well you care for you hair. I'd think it's safe to say they'd last at least 2 months.

@ Kim Fall - Nana is amazing and I'm so happy I was referred to her, and in turn able to spread the news and refer other people! Her work speaks for itself.

5k Divas said...

So, I went to Nana almost 2 weeks ago and I was VERY impressed! She did an amazing job and she was the nicest most welcoming hair braider I have EVER met. She listened to me my request and did what I wanted! I have gotten soooo many compliments, I definitely will be going back to her. She works out of her home which was nice. She even shared a meal that she cooked with me. I got my hair cornrowed on one side and twists going down the other side. I wish I could show pics. Is there a way to? let me know, I want to share!

Mary Kay said...

I read this blog like 2 weeks ago and i have been trying to book an appt with her for weeks, I finally called back today and she couldnt tell me when shes available. That says alot about her work, I am anxious to get them done, but i will wait patiently for her to call me back with my appointment time.. Thanks so much for sharing

South Loop Social Light said...

@5k Divas - You can email me some pics if you'd like to share: sixtwentysevenblog@hotmail.com. I'm glad to hear you had such a nice experience.

@ Mary Kay - I've spoken with a few times and she's been slammed with phone calls since I posted my blog. I'm glad to hear she's so busy, and if you can be patient I promise she's worth the wait.

Kasmer said...
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Nae said...

Your Senegalese Twist are amazing, I have been having a difficult time finding the right ones that look neat and not messy. Your are amazing :)
What kind of hair did you use? I am on the West Coast, but if I was in Chicago I would definetly take the recommendation. Thank you so much!!!

Kasmer said...

Whoops... Do you think* this is a good hair style for the Fall? I made my appointment with Nana yesterday! I'm excited. Do you recommend the medium regardless of the season or do you think the long is fine for the Fall?
Thanks for the recommendation,
Kasmer

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Nae - Thanks! I'm not sure the brand of hair as Nana provided everything for me. If you gave her a call she would be more than happy to share this information with you! Hope this helps.

@ Kasmer - I do think this is a good hair style year round. For me, I'm only 5'2" and thought the medium length would have still been long on me. On top of that, I don't really like long hair in general, but to each their own. The lengths only differ by a few inches.

xflashinLITESx said...

This is nice... Been wanting to do this type of senegalese twists for ages... very beautiful!

Casandra Horn said...

Just booked my appt...Uber excited!!!!

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Cassandra Horn - Awesome! I'm sure you'll love your hair.

Shake1227 said...

I've been dying to get twists as well. in still hesitant to Leah's an app. anywhere. Lol. this lady sounds great though. I may give her a call.

Aisha Hodges said...

I just texted her because I felt it was kinda late lol. But I'm going to try and call her first thing in the morning to hopefully make my appointment!!

The Spunky Soul said...

Hello!

You hair is so DOPE! Do you remember the type and brand of hair that she used?

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Aisha - That's her land line number, so texting won't work. Gotta be old school and pick up the phone and have an actual conversation lol

@ Spunky Soul - She provided the hair, but you can feel free to give her a call and she can share the brand/type she used.

Ms. Yolanda said...

Yolanda 1/30/13

Just got my twist today and NaNa is the business, super nice and had help. Took 8 hours as stated but worth it! Twist are a little heavy right now but I am sure I will get use to all this hair on my head in a couple of days! Thanks Ishea ur da bomb!

Kennedi Davis said...

I'm in Indianapolis and reading the comments I'm going to make the drive to get mine done... is the above pic of you iesha that posted the post?

South Loop Social Light said...

@Yolanda - I'm glad you like them! Yes, Nana is amazeballs.

@Kennedi - Yep. the pics in the post are of me.

Kennedi Davis said...

I love them... I will call tomorrow to see about an appointment... the BOMB

Melissa Daniels said...

Just booked my appointment for tomorrow morning soooo excited

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Kennedi / Melissa - Awesome! I'm actually sitting her chair right now getting my round round of the twists! So excited to write a new post. I'm sure you'll love yours.

blogger23 said...

I was looking at this and i'm considering twists or sister locks I think they resemble the dreads worn by Dutchess of Black Ink, so if anyone knows someone thats bomb in Chicago feel free to email me pictures and info @enphanyteone@gmail.com

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Blogger23 - Nana doesn't do Sister Locks. Pretty expensive, time consuming style, but she is great for twists. The best in Chicago, in my opinion.

Brittani Barnett said...

What type of hair Nana use (human or synthetic)?

Cassandra Justine Bradley said...

Hey girl. Do you know someone who can do sew-ins as well? Because I need a hair stylist for a sew-in in the Chicagoland area?

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Brittani - She uses Synthetic Kanekalon hair. Not sure of the exact brand since she provides the hair.

@ Cassanddra - Nana does sew-ins too, but I usually just go to a girlfriend when I want a nice sew-in... though I've just been opting to throw in my DIY clip-ins whenever I want the extra length on my straight hair.

Carsa Guyton said...

Did she braid the roots first & then twist?

Cassandra Justine Bradley said...

Hey girl. Thanks for writing me back. If it is possible, does your girlfriend style other people hair (for a sew-in) or not? But if she does.. if it is possible... can you give me her info (phone number) so I can get a nice sew-in? Thank you if you do.

kweathersby08 said...

Question,

Where is Nana's Hair Braiding located exact address wise. I tried calling that number and the line is busy.

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Carsa - Yes, braided a small portion at the root then began twisting.

@ Cassandra - You can shoot me an email if you'd like, but typically she just does hair for a few friends.

@ kweathersby - She braids out of a space in her home, so I'm not going to post the address... but definitely try giving her a call back. It's a home phone, not a cell phone.

Charity Ghant said...

I live in the Detroit Metro Area and I'm thinking of making the trip to Chi-town to get these...Can anyone who has has their done by Nana send pictures to my email charity.ghant@gmail.com

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Charity Ghant - I have multiple pictures and a youtube video showing the work Nana did on my hair. To be quite frank, this is what all of her work looks like... so I get the desire to have a ton of pictures sent your way... but you're commenting on a blog that features pictures and a detailed review on the work she did. You may want to watch the video to see the twists in motion. This is what her work looks like across the board.

Nance said...

I just booked my appt, I'm so excited! The last set of twists I had (not done by Nana) were horrible and lasted maybe 2 weeks before getting super frizzy, I wondered if maybe my hair was just blowdried too straight. After blowdrying was your hair straight or still a bit wavy?

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Nance - I can blow dry or let it air dry... either way I don't go in there with silky straight strands. I'd also suggest making sure you use a scarf or satin pillow case at night. Just because you have braids/twists doesn't mean a cotton pillow case won't cause frizz and friction. Treat it like you would your own hair.

rnewma said...

I am trying to decided between box braids and twist. do you know if she does box braids? Also, I'm natural should I blow.out my hair before getting it braided?

Cher said...

I tried calling NaNa and her phone is out of service. :( uber disappointed!

Teresa said...

Stupid question: do I have to use synthetic hair for Senegalese twists? I'm going on a cruise and prefer to use human hair. Thanks!

South Loop Social Light said...

@ rnewma - Yes, Nana does do box braids. It really depends on your hair type. I don't always blow my hair out... it can easily air dry in flat twists and then get taken down from there. Whatever state your hair is easier to work with would probably be best for you.

@ Cher - I gave Nana a call today and everything is working fine with her phone line. Make sure you're dialing the number listed above in the post.

@ Teresa - Not a stupid question. I do believe that human hair can be used, but to be sure you can give Nana a call and ask her.

FreeSpirit Allen said...

Thank you for posting this information. I was interested in getting the senegelese twists and had no clue where to start looking. I stumbled upon your blog and was amazed at all of the positive feedback, I am not use to trying different styles with my hair and I was very nervous about getting it done at first.

Everyone there was very nice. NaNa did not braid my hair but she was very pleasant and stopped in to check on me often. I have long thick hair and thought it would take forever but there were two ladies that braided my hair and I was in and out in less than 6 hours. They charged $220 for medium length, which I think is pretty long.

I am loving my hair! Thanks Again!

Kathryn Bowers said...

I have to give NaNa a call this is great info! Thanks

Kathryn Bowers said...

Just an update on my experience with NaNa.......So I called to set up an appointment with her and she was very pleasant and informative about the type of hair she uses, her location and how long it would take to do my hair. Like Free Spirit Allen(above) NaNa did not do my hair (kind of) she did however assist in getting it started for the helper that did do my hair. Still the work was very good and she was careful with braiding (I have thin hair) overall my experience was good and I love the neatness and softness of the twists.....Now for the negative part :(........NaNa had two sons there who were the rudest most disrespectful children I have ever seen and Nana never said anything to them which made me really upset seeing as though her workers were the ones they were being rude to. So as you can imagine it kind of slowed them down with doing hair which ultimately is bad customer service. I felt really bad for her workers because they really tried to ignore the kids. Anyway overall I give my experience an A-

Olivia Singleton said...

Do she do jumbo (larger ) Senegalese twists?

Tyra Taylor said...

Is Nana still doing hair because I am looking for someone to do my Senegalese twist? If so what is her phone number?

Ishea said...

@ FreeSpirit / @Kathryn - I'm glad to hear that you all had a great experience with Nala.

@ Olivia - She does a ton of styles. Just give her a call and ask about any specific ones you'd be interested in.

@ Tyra - All of her details are in the above post.

Ashley Nicole said...

How well does Nana do with catching short hair, as in 2 inches or so? I'm chopping all my perm and starting anew.

Anisha Brooks said...

Your twists look awesome....and exactly the ones I am looking for!! I just called Nana to book my appt. I told her I want to get them done this upcoming weekend. I am going on a trip the first weekend of April, how long does it for the tightness to go away so you are able to manipulate them and to not have the scalpy look you referred to in your YouTube video? Also how do you care for your twists and keep them neat looking? I definitely don't want them to look ragged in just two weeks. Thanks!!!

Kasmer said...

Hey! I have thin hair as well. How was the take down process? Did you real hair damage at all? Did they help it grow?

Tiara W said...

Just wanted to say thanks for your post! I went to Nana this past weekend and got box braids. I wanted twists but she said my hair was too short (I had been growing out my pixie cut for a while and went to see her before my appt. to see if I could even get my hair twisted). She had three stations in her room. While I was there two other ladies were getting their hair braided by her helpers. I - joyfully - got Nana (prob b/c of my short hair, or maybe b/c I got there first), but the other ladies work looked great. No more control of the remote, but I did use the WiFi connect and binge watched Gotham. She was really nice. I LOVE the braids and am definitely going back when my hair is long enough and get twists! Thanks again!

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