Just like Chubby Checker sang it, “ Everybody, twist!”
Twists are fast becoming the go-to hairstyle for many African women. They are a protective hairstyle that lasts for about eight weeks with the right care. Not only do they make you look like a queen, but they also make your hair look thicker. You may have heard about Senegalese twists and Havana twists, so let’s talk about the ever-so-chill Marley twists.
What Are Marley Twists?
Marley twists are two-strand twists that use Marley braid extensions. These Marley braid extensions are coarse and look natural. Marley twists are also called Kinky twists. They were originally designed to look like dreadlocks and, hence, were named Marley twists after Bob Marley. However, over the course of time, they have evolved into looking more like twists than dreadlocks. These twists allow you to tie your hair in a high ponytail or a bun since they are not aligned to your scalp. They can be jumbo or thin in size.
Still confused about how Marley twists are different from Senegalese and Havana twists? We’ve got you covered!
What’s The Difference Between Marley Twists, Senegalese Twists, And Havana Twists?
The main difference between these three types of twists lies in the hair extensions used to do them. Though Marley hair is synthetic, it is a close match to natural African-American hair. It can be found in most American local beauty stores. The major difference between Marley and Havana twists is that the latter are bigger and chunkier twists. You would need to use two pieces of Marley extensions to do one Havana twist.
So, here’s the big question…
How Long Do Marley Twists Last?
Marley twists can last for up to 8 weeks with proper maintenance. It is not advisable to keep them for longer. To make them last the full 8 weeks, hydrate and nourish your roots with an water and oil solution on a regular basis.
Now that we know everything about Marley twists, let’s check out how you can do them!
How To Do Marley Twists
What You Need
- Marley hair extensions
- Rat-tailed comb
- Hair cream
- Hot water
- A pair of scissors
How To Do
- Divide your kinky locks into sections using the tail end of your comb. Clip up all the sections, leaving one section loose.
- Divide this section into two sub-sections.
- Apply hair cream to the sub-sections for better grip and to curb strays.
- Take a handful of Marley hair extensions. Fold it in half at the center.
- Place it between the sub-sections until it covers the roots. Merge each half of the extensions with each of the sub-sections.
- Twist the extensions clockwise with your natural hair to merge them further. Do the same with the other sub-section as well.
- Now, twist both the sub-sections with each other in a counter-clockwise motion. Do this until you reach the very end.
- Use a pair of scissors to trim off the excess hair extensions at the end.
- Repeat steps 2 to 8 with all the sections of hair.
- Dip the ends of the twists in boiling hot water to seal the ends. Use the towel to dab off excess water from your hair.
- Allow the ends to cool down before you touch them.
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