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