Reusing Marley Hair

Hello Lovely People!
As you know I feel in love with marley twists as my protective style. I loved them even more when I learned to do them by myself. Although I do save lots of money installing the twists myself and marley itself is fairly inexpensive, I still didn’t want to go and purchase new marley hair whenever I wanted to put my twists back in. I’m not positive if I’m just late on this and this is common knowledge already, but regardless I’ll be the first to tell you here on our blog that you can reuse your marley hair!

Once I remove the marley hair from my hair, I lay out each piece evenly. After I do that I gather maybe 5 or 10 pieces of hair in a hair tie just how it normally comes when you first buy it from the store. At this point this it what it should be looking like. e

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Now you’re ready to cleanse the hair! I washed it in the tub and used VO5′s 2 in 1 Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I didn’t scrub the hair in between my hands or anything. All I did was glide the product into the marley hair from top to bottom twice and rinsed it out! After that you’re finished just hang them up to dry and they’re ready to use for next time!

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I just saved ya’ll some money! Lol!
Until next time! Stay rooted ;)
-Irene

Flaxseed Gel!

First and foremost I want to address the our newest milestones! 100+ Followers! This is definitely a huge step and we just want to thank everyone who visits our blog and those to consistently take the time to read our material. At the end of the day this is all for you. 😉

Now let’s talk about my newest addition to my product staples. Flaxseed Gel. This stuff has literally changed my hair life, no exaggeration. I remember watching Naptural85 make hers a couple years back, but I never made any attempts to make it myself. But as they say better late than never. I promise you after using this stuff you won’t want to go back to that crusty, crunchy, flaky gel they sell in stores. It won’t take you no more than 10 minutes.

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Benefits:
- Super shiny hair
- Gives amazing curl definition
- You can reuse them (cost effective)
- No flakes, No crunch, Non drying
- Fast drying
- Great for slicking back hair, twist outs, twists, wash & go’s
- All natural!
- Rich in Omega 3 which helps to nourish the hair follicles, resulting in strong healthy hair, improving it’s elasticity, and less prone to breakage (Which exactly what I need)!
- You can even customize your hold

What you will need:
Strainer
A pot
Wooden spoon
Measuring cup
Air tight container (you can use an old product container and place stocking sock over the top part to strain it)
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of flax seed
1 tblsp pf aloe vera gel (optional)
3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Pour 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of flaxseeds into a pot, on low/medium bring it to a boil, remembering to stir the flaxseeds often with preferably a wood spoon. Turn off heat when a white frothy gel like liquid forms, similar to an egg white consistency. Keep in mind that longer you boil the flaxseeds, the thicker the gel will be, but it will also be more difficult to strain.

 

Once it’s finished pour the gel into a measuring cup. Place strainer on top of your container and pour it in. I like to strain it in a measuring cup first as opposed to straining it in a bowl, because the spout on the measuring cup makes it easier to pour into your clean container. :) I learned this the hard way. Haha. Let it cool, add your aloe gel, vitamin e, and essential oils if you see fit. Or you can keep it as plain as you like. The shelf life is 12-14 days in the refrigerator. Place used flax seeds in a container and place in fridge to use them again :).

Here are some pictures of my twist outs since using flax seed gel! My hair was so soft, shiny, and the definition was perfection!
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I hope you love it as much as I do!
- Irene

Quick Semi Protective Style

Hi Everyone!
I was scrolling through my Instagram the other day, because majority of the people I follow post pictures of beautiful people and the many different styles natural hair can achieve. I love it! Anyway I came across a picture that became the inspiration for the style I’m about to show you today! It’s quick and easy, especially when you’re at a loss for new styles. All you will need is a hair tie, bobby pins, and a few perm rods.

First thing I did was part the front section of my hair. This is the bang area where you will be installing the perm rods eventually. For now just clip it out of the way.

Secondly, the rest of my hair I put up into a high bun. Yours doesn’t have to as high. Feel free to do a side bun, a low one, whichever you prefer. I also used gel for a more sleek look.

Now onto the fun part! I got these perm rods from my beauty supply store for cheap. The down side is that they break so easily. I don’t know if it’s just me or what. Just to be on the safe side grab an extra pack. I guess it’s true you get what you pay for.

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I used some motions setting wrap foam on each individual section. Then let air dry. Here are the results!
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Until next time!
- Irene

Curling Marley Twists

Hey Everyone! Today I’m going to show you an easy way to create a fresh new style for your marley twists. Curling your marley twists can be your basis for a sophistacted updo or any style for that matter, but if you’re like me and have those days where you just want to keep it simple, then why not just let your curls flow girl! All you need are some flexi rods and boiling hot water!

First I divided my hair in half, working from back to front. I made sure to keep the amount of twists per flexi rod to a minimum. I’d say 2-3 twists on a rod. Starting from the ends and roll to about halfway. Once your whole entire head is set, boil some water on the stove and dip each individual flexi rod into the hot water. Instead of bending down so close to the hot pot, I poured the water into a tall glass and dipped my hair in there. Make sure to have a towel around your neck to keep from burning yourself.  I left my hair in the hot water for about ten seconds. The hot water helps the synthetic hair take the shape of the flexi rod, allowing it to curl. Once I was done doing that I put a scarf on my head, and allowed my hair to set and dry over night. At this point you should be looking something like this.

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Once I took out the rods this is what I was working with :) The curls held up for a while I was impressed.
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Talk to you guys soon. <3
– Irene

Treating Synthetic Hair

In my last post I briefly mentioned how I’m hardly experiencing any extreme itching since I installed my marley twists. I’m absolutely loving them. I’m trying to keep them in for a month or until the beginning of September. Then I plan to rock my real hair for a little bit and put these right back in. Anyways before doing this protective style I came across an article about people experiencing severe itching, redness, & bumps due to having allergic reactions to synthetic hair. I discovered that there is an alkaline base coat on synthetic hair which can lead bad reactions, especially those with sensitivity. After all my time and effort putting these twists in, I wasn’t about to take the chance of possibly having a bad reaction because of the marley hair.

So just to be on the safe side, I soaked all my packs of hair in white vinegar because I ran out of my apple cider vinegar, either of them will get the job done. I filled a large bowl or fill your sink with hot water and 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar in the water. Let the synthetic sit in the water with the rubber band it came packaged with still keeping the bundle together, for 15-20 minutes or until you see a film lifting from the hair. Then rinse the hair off and let it completely air dry before installing.

There it is guys! I let you in on the secret! I really believe pre-treating my marley hair has really been combating the itching I could have been dealing with. To be honest I am experiencing some itching now (2 weeks after installing my twists), but that’s because my scalp isn’t used to going more than five days before being washed. I do plan on cleansing my scalp soon. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I hope this was helpful! I would totally recommend this to anyone.
Until next time,
Irene

Washing My Faux Locs!

Hello girls! Today I’m coming to you with how I washed my Marley locs.
Guys. My scalp gets dirty very, very quickly. Do I know why? No, but I do know that I have to wash my hair at least every week. If not, I feel very dirty and I don’t want to leave the house LOL
Washing my locs was very similar to washing my Marley twists. I used the same technique, more or less, and added a few things. It got pretty messy.
Anyway, I washed my faux locs about one week after installing them. I tried to wait it out until the two week mark, but I could literally feel the clumps of dirt. It’s like the scabs you get after a perm that burns you, but it’s dirt. Disgusting, I know.
To begin, I parted my hair into four sections to make it easier for myself. (I want to let you know that I did this out of the shower.) With each section, I soaked it in apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has many healing properties, but I used it for my itchy scalp.
After rubbing that in, I made a mixture of my Tresemme shampoo and water in my spray bottle. After shaking it up, I applied it directly to the scalp and got to scrubbing away at the dirt with the pads of my fingers.
You want to make sure and not get too crazy with the scrubbing because your hair is parted into the protective style, meaning if you get all willy nilly with the scrubbing, you can cause breakage.
When I was happy with the scrubbing, I hopped in the shower and let the water stream take care of the rinsing. Let me warn you, after drenching your dreads in water, you hair will be heavy. Be careful!
That was it for the washing process!
Be reminded that there is a lot of hair on my head LOL
So it will take a while for my hair to dry, but I’m planning on letting it air dry for a few hours.
I am not planning on moisturizing it. Yes, moisture is important. However, there is a layer of Marley hair over my natural hair right now, and the moisture will not penetrate that. I’m not about to waste product.
What I will do is oil my scalp with some tea tree oil for a tingle and an added fighter against itchy scalp.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

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Faux Locs — Finally!

Hello everyone! I’m here to tell you all about how I installed these beautiful faux locs.

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TIME IT TOOK
To install this style, it took me two days. I began late night, at around 10, and finished the next day, at around 6, with breaks included.

WEIGHT
Are these dreads heavy? Absolutely. I’ve never had extensions in my head, other than the twists installed last summer, and these are way heavier than those.

PROCESS
I used Maria Antoinette’s YouTube tutorial, but threw in my own little twists. I began with braiding one piece of Marley hair into my head. I only braided my hair to the point at which my natural hair ended, in an effort to protect my ends. After my whole head was complete, I then used another piece of Marley hair to wrap around the braid. After that, I flat ironed the ends to encourage them to not fray.

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HAIR I USED
I ended up using three different types of hair.

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I had originally purchased the braiding hair because I was going to use that to braid and the Marley hair to wrap. However, the texture of the braiding was too silky for me. It’s weird to explain. It was silky, but tangled very quickly. I would say that that type of hair is for my permed sisters, but anyway, I went ahead and used the Marley hair to braid. I ended up having to go out and get more Marley hair in this ridiculous bun,

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After getting the rest of the Marley hair, I finished my head.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON INSTALLATION
I complained the whole time LOL, just ask Irene, but in all honesty, if you had one solid day to give up, you could get these locs done. Taking breaks is a necessity, though. Also, make sure to concentrate when wrapping the Marley hair around the braid. It’s very easy to twist instead of wrap, and I found myself doing that at times.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️