Washing My Marley Twists

Hi guys! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Today I’m gonna talk to you about washing my extensions.
Now you guys know how I am with washing my hair. I work out every week day, and add that to regular sweat (because it’s summer) and every day debris, I HAVE to wash my hair every week. However, with my extensions, I waited until the two week mark because I wanted to fight off the unavoidable frizz for as long as possible.
Never again. The itchiness, oh God, the itchiness. It was horrible.
Guys. My scalp was disgusting. It was bad. Everytime I would scratch, I would have stuff under my fingernails. It was just gross, and it was definitely time to wash. So this past weekend, I washed my hair.
I started by separating my hair into four sections, just to make it easier on myself.

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I then used my spray bottle filled with diluted shampoo and began spraying, ONLY on the roots. I only sprayed on the roots because the length of the hair would be cleansed with the running water. I massaged that in very well with the pads of my fingers and moved on to the next section.

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My plan was to wash each section twice, but after feeling how clean my scalp was, I kept it to one wash.
It didn’t take long at all, and when I was finished with one section, I kept it up out of the way with a clip.

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I finished rather quickly, and then went on to moisturizing.

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This was my scalp after cleaning.

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Clean, just how I likes it! 🙂

I moisturized my hair in the four sections that I shampooed in. I went in with my Cantu Shea Butter, and then sealed with a mixture of olive and castor oils. I also oiled my scalp with the same mixture. I think it’s important to note that I did not mosturize the Marley hair. I kept it to where my hair stopped.

I moisturize my hair like this weekly, whether dirty or freshly washed. It’s important to me to keep my hair well moisturized while in a protective style such as this.

To maintain it while it dried, I braided the four sections, and then put a silk scarf, only over the crown of my head, to calm down the frizz. After a couple hours, this is how my hair looked.

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All in all, this was a new experience, but not an extremely difficult or bad one.

Until next time,
Mandisa

My First Official Length Check!

Hi Everyone,

I had no intention of posting today. Actually this just wasn’t the topic I had in mind at all! But as I was detangling my hair & prepping it to be washed today, I figured it was the perfect time to take some photos of my hair while it was on my mind! I confess! I’m so guilty of not taking pictures of my hair like most people who are on a hair journey do. It always slips my mind! Nevertheless, I still think it is important to check the length of your hair. Sometimes you need that reassurance that all the time and effort you put into your hair is actually paying off! On the flip side, it’s also good to notice if something in your regime isn’t working if you aren’t experiencing as much growth as you would like. Just keep in mind that not everyone’s hair grows at the same pace, hair grows faster and slower at different periods, and not to check your hair too often. I like to space my checks a least 4 to 5 months apart.

How To Check For Length

The way I check is super easy. All I do is grab a tape measure or ruler and stretch my hair to measure from my roots to where my natural hair ends. Simple. I would imagine that this would be easier to do if your hair is straight, but I hardly ever straighten my hair anymore. So this may not give you an exact measure because it’s hard to smooth the entire strand of hair, but I’m totally okay with a rough estimate.

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Until Next Time!

– Irene

Quick HOTD: Side Fishtail Braid

Hello loves! Happy Thursday! I’m coming to you with a quick hair of the day. Today I awoke to a really dreary day outside, so I figured it was a day to wear my hair down. I decided to do a half up/half down style with a fishtail braid. I separated my hair in half and fishtailed the top half. I left the bottom half out and pretzeled those ends with flexi rods and dipped them in booing water for a curl.

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That’s it, guys! Enjoy the rest of your day and your weekend!

Until next time,
Mandisa

Style Lookbook: Marley Twist Styles Week 1

Hi loveys! Happy Monday!
Today I’m coming to you with a style lookbook for week one of my Marley twists. It’s been really fun working with these twists for the first week, especially since I’ve never had extensions. Included in this post is a quick collage of my week one styles.

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Clockwise from top: Messy Side Bun, Forward with a Twist, Twisted Side Crown, Braided Side, and The Top Knot

These styles were really simple to do, and I think the names are pretty explanatory. We’re in the middle of a heat wave this week, so I tried to get my hair off of my neck.

Messy Side Bun: This was after church on Sunday, going out with friends.

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My main goal was comfort, so I didn’t do much. I kept the front twist I had from church in the morning, and made some simple pin curls and rolled it up.

Forward with a Twist: This was at church on Sunday, and I wanted a really elegant look with my hair down. Before church, I rolled the ends with flexi rods and dipped the ends in boiling hot water. That’s how I achieved the curly look. Then, all I did was pull a few strands back on either side, and that was my hair.

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Twisted Side Crown: This one was a little more complicated than Sunday’s look, but still really easy.

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I started with a big flat twist and just began incorporating more hair into the twist. As the twist got bigger, I pinned it at the back of my head and rolled it up.

Braided Side: This one was really fun because it looks really elegant, but it takes no time at all.

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I started with a braid on the side.

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And then guess what? I pinned it underneath itself, and there you have it. A really simple, but elegant braided side.

The Top Knot: Ok guys, you know how I love my top knots. I loved this one because although it was really compact, it still had the look of a big bun. I started with a high ponytail and split that into three sections. I twisted up those sections and pinned. The great thing about top knots is that there is a variation of ways to do them, so I’ll never get bored.
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There you guys have it! My first week of Marley twists styles. If you try any of them, let me know. Tag me! Instagram: @mandisamarie

Until next time,
Mandisa

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk

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Price: $8.99/ 8oz

Ingredients: Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Isopropyl Myristate, Sugar Starch, Silk Protein, Essential Oil Blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, Algae Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Daucus Carota SaQva (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Overview | Description:

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk detangles, conditions and controls curls, while restoring body and shine for thick, curly hair.

  • · Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
  • · Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness an silkiness
  • · Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine

Suggested Use
Apply as a no-rinse protective and styling cream to damped, towel-dried or dry hair as needed.

My Opinion:

Well first off like all Shea Moisture products, I really love the fact that the ingredients are all natural and I can actually pronounce them. That in itself is a huge plus for me. I have to say this is a great product, it smells amazing, and makes my hair feel so soft without that greasy feeling. It also distributes so easily since it’s lighter in consistency, but it didn’t keep my hair moisturized for long. I went through the bottle so quickly. I think this product will work best for people who’s hair requires products that that aren’t as heavy. I would most likely grab the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie over this, just because I believe the texture of it works better for my hair type. As far as the Curl & Style aspect of it… Eh I didn’t notice any definition. Usually I can tell when my hair is loving something, my curls just pop with little manipulation. Please keep in mind that everyone hair is different and this may just be perfect for you. Overall I would give this a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars!

Until next time!

– Irene

Marley Twists: The Struggle

Hello all! Happy Monday! I wanted to come to you guys today and talk to you about my Marley Twist installation.

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Let me tell you guys, these twists have been a long time coming. I originally wanted to do Havana twists back in May, but then I decided I should do them over the summer.
After pushing the date of installation back, I was heart set on installing them myself. I watched TONS of videos on YouTube until I felt comfortable. Just to name a few, I was inspired by donedo05, tonidaley80, etcblogmag, jouelzy, and AddictedtoGlamXO. I bought packs of Marley hair just to do a quick demo with. But I could not seem to do Havana twists.
My hair just would not take to them. I think it was because for Havana twists, there’s a need to use two pieces of Marley hair. When I did, it would never work. The twists would always end up looking bulky and misshapen. Also, there’s the twisting clockwise/counterclockwise method that is just….really confusing. You can see a tutorial of that technique in donedo05’s video.
I researched more strategies like etcblogmag’s, tried those, and they didn’t work. Everyone I would do them, they looked janky. They never looked like “invisible roots.”
To be honest, I think that Havana twists are more for girls with really thick, 4C ish hair. Now, as I’ve said before, I don’t know what hair type I am. However, I do know that the hair that grows out of my scalp is more curly and coily than kinky.
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Because the Havana twists method requires you to use two pieces of Marley hair, your own hair that you braid in must be super think and kinky to mimic the Marley hair. That being said, I don’t think Havana twists are for me.

So then, I got depressed. But if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again! So I tried installing my twists with one piece of Marley hair rather than two, and it worked! I started by braiding the hair in at the root very close to the scalp (but not too close!), and then twisting the length of the hair all the way down.
I used regular Marley hair that I picked up from my local beauty supply store that cost around $7 a pack, and they were big packs. There were two good sized bundles that came in each, and after finishing my entire head, I have one full bundle and a half left. This is with doing my parts relatively small.
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The whole process took around four hours, including a 20 minute break in the middle. I used nothing but a little gel to smooth my hair and to blend it better.
These Marley twists were done on freshly washed hair. I had originally meant to do my twists on Saturday night, but I gave up after too many failed attempts with methods that didn’t work for me. So on Saturday night, I just moisturized and sealed, along with oiling my scalp. So my hair was nice and moisturized going into these twists.
The length of the twists is mid back. I simply added the hair the way it came in the package. I didn’t cut or do anything to the hair.
My hair was stretched, but by way of braiding. I did not blow dry my hair specifically because I didn’t want the shaft to be smooth. If so, the hair would be more apt to fall out. After moisturizing and sealing, I French braided my hair in the four sections that I had washed them in.
After the twisting was finished, the ends looked pretty ratty, so I pretzeled then ends into flexi rods (gray in the back, green in the front) and dipped them in boiling hot water. This seals in the moisture and also seals the synthetic hair so that it won’t unravel.
Let’s see….I am fully in love with these twists. I plan to keep them in for the rest of the summer, which really isn’t bad. I don’t really go anywhere these days, so hopefully they’ll be able to keep. But I love them! 🙂

During the following weeks, I’ll be coming to you with styling options, how I maintain them, moisturizing, washing, sleeping in them, etc. So keep an eye out for those!

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Until next time,
Mandisa ❤

Guest Post! Feat. Kwanita!

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Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you all are having a great week so far. I know I did.  Anyways, you probably already guessed it, but today I’d like to bring to you a hair feature! Let me just say that she’s a true testament that black hair can grow! Oh! & she has her very own hair accessory line called Kreations By Kwa . Check her out!  So without further adieu, let me introduce to you my cousin Kwanita!  (She’s quite the character)

 1. Introduce Yourself:

Hi, I’m Kwanita. I live in the New York area! I am down to earth person, a lover of poetry, & a hater of math! With that said, I was created by God, through my father, the one who gave HIS LIFE just for me! Just know I’m that mathematical problem you can’t figure out! 

2. How Long Have You Been Natural? & What Inspired You?

Wow the word natural seems obsolete to me. For others it’s like a new trend that people have picked up and are exploring. For me I’ve been “Natural” since June of 2007. People thought I went natural when I started my dread locs. I was actually natural a year beforehand, but people would never know it because my hair was always in box braids. I wore box braids for 17 years. Once I like something I don’t switch it up to often. As you can tell 17 years wow :). I can’t say anything inspired me, because I’m the type of person that does things on a spontaneous urge! I just woke up and said “NO MORE”! My hair has been permed, blow dried, fried, but never dyed, curled up, hot combed, weaved up and sewn up. You name it.  I permed my hair every month. My hair never took to the best of the best perms. So I just started perming my hair once a year. In between I would braid it up! My hair went from shoulder length to literally nothing in the back. I had to pinch my hair in the back just to braid it.  My hair just fell out because of stress! So then enough was enough for me!

 3. What Is Wash Day Like For You

Washing my hair can be simple and complex at times. If I am going to just rinse my hair I use Aloe shampoo and wash it twice. For a deep washing I add oils throughout my head and wait 30 minutes (I like to add extra oils to my hair because when washing my hair all my natural oils are washed away. So by me adding more oils it prevents my hair from getting dry) Then I use my Garlic shampoo and conditioner and wash my hair, starting from the roots to the middle. Then I rinse out and apply again to the root to the middle. I do it twice to assure my hair is fully cleansed! Drying my hair? Ha! Well, my hair doesn’t know what heat from a blow dryer is anymore, only the sun! I just towel dry my hair, oil it up while wet, and let it dry naturally!

4. What is Your Signature Hairstyle

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Honestly I keep my hair on top of my head! Now that it’s long, I can’t stand it on my neck and out because people like touch my hair. Another reason why I keep it up because I think something is crawling on me, but it’s only my locs lol! So literally Monday through Sunday morning my hair is on top of my head. Which is probably why it grows so fast because I leave it alone and let it just grow. So a mess turn up is my signature hairstyle!

Let me just interrupt! This girl knows how to come up with really nice styles! I wish I could do them. But like she said…she saves them for church on Sunday lol  – Irene

5. What are Your Must Have Hair Products

Oils! Jamaican Castor Oil, Rosemary, Coconut, Jojoba, and Garlic! I also make my own cream in the winter with honey, pure aloe, and oils.

6. What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned during your natural hair journey? What advice would you give to others?

Growing up I would hear my grandmother and mom say “Kwanita leave your hair ALONE!” If I would’ve just listened my hair would be dragging the floor. I think of my locs as a rooted tree that grows wildly unattended! If I say something to all the natural people it would be; Don’t always try to many hair products. Instead of listening to what others have to say, you have to know Your hair.  (After all you’ve have been carrying it around for years, you must know your hair like you know your body!) Just keep it clean, moisturized, and your hair WILL GROW!

– Kwanita

Until next time, ~ Irene