Summa, summa, summa!! ???
When most people only look forward to sunny barbecues, swimming pools, and ice cream, we naturals are a little different. For us, summertime means protective styling! There’s nothing worse than going to Florida, only to spend hours wrestling with your natural hair (trust me, I’ve done it!) With summertime vacations and swimming, it’s so important to have a hairstyle that protects your hair and is very low maintenance. For the last few months, I’ve been looking forward to June, just to try out a new style, Marley twists! I had seen so many girls on Pinterest totally killing this look, and so I had to give it a try.
What are Marley Twists
Marley twists are twists made with kinky braiding hair, also known as Marley hair. They get their name because they look similar to the locs of legendary Bob Marley. For those of you who’ve heard of Havana twists, the two styles are very similar. The only difference is that Marley twists are usually 2 to 3 times larger than Havanas. Here’s a picture from Instagramer @braidsandbeards, totally killing this Havana look.
Both Marley and Havana twists have a slightly fuzzy look, similar to locs. They definitely rank top in my book because the Marley hair texture blends so well with my kinky hair type. I don’t have to worry too much about the frizz and stray hairs that drive me crazy when I use straight hair for Senegalese twists. They also take less time compared to other extension styles because they’re so chunky. This is a huge plus! Even though it was my first time doing this style, it only took me between 6-7 hours, compared to the 10+ hours it took my mom and me to do Senegalese twists 2 years ago. Of course, an experienced stylist can do this even faster! They are also ridiculously easy to take down and only took me about 30 minutes.
This style seemed perfect for me! I decided to try it earlier this month when my family took a 2-week road trip. I was really satisfied by the length of time it took me and the roots looked pretty natural. When doing some research, I heard that cleansing the Marley hair before using it with apple cider vinegar would keep it from making your scalp itch. However, when I cleaned the hair, I think the liquid made it frizzy(ier). So the twists were not as smooth as I wanted them to be. I also struggled to make the ends look neat while still tapering them and not burning them (trust me, fire ain’t getting anywhere close to MY hair.) Anyway, although I was really pleased with my first results, I still had some room for improvement. I really liked the “big hair,” Afrocentric feel these chunky, kinky twists gave me. I honestly felt like a warrior princess!
Needless to say, I loved doing the Marley twists! Other than the different hair textures, Marley or Havana twists are done just like Senegalese twists. They are typically done with the invisible root method, which is a technique of twisting your hair so the extensions look natural. Then you simply twist it into a rope twist. Check out the video below to see how this is done so easily! I also included a video of different ways to style Marley twists.
One thing I struggled with when twisting my hair was realizing the importance of hair proportions. It’s very important for the amount of Marley hair you use to fit how much of your hair you’re mixing in. If you don’t, it can prevent you from getting the twist tight at the root, which will look very unnatural and can even put a strain on your natural hair. Once I realized this, twisting my hair became much faster!
Hope this helps anyone and inspires you to try out this great style! Don't be afraid to comment if you have any questions or thoughts!
The Kamau Sisters
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
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