Marley Twists – The Saga

So it has been a bit more than a week since I installed Marley Twists. These Damn Marley Twist (TDMT) from here on out. I have had a few more twists slip out. Insert booing here.  Now this is undoubtedly human error, added to a style that doesn’t ‘hold tight’ to begin with. Twists are in general, easy on the hair whereas braids, are a bit more taxing to the hair.

My inexperience in twist installation not only didn’t allow me to utilize the invisible install method found here and here. Most of the first six twists slipped out before I had moved to the seventh twist. Re-do. I switched from invisible root to braid start for a better hold. Taking that into consideration, I still have slippage. Mostly in the back where the hair is short and around the edges. The hair at the nape is about 1 1/2 inches long. The rest of the twists have slipped some too. These areas are fragile and I didn’t want super tight extensions breaking them off.

I primarily wear my hair in a basket braid (very wide flat braid) up the back into a top knot. Yes, I made that name up, but i think it fits. I take what would be the bang area and swoop it over, wrap it around the top knot and tuck it. Sounds way more complicated than it is, but I get lots of compliments. One lady asked if I was a hairstylist. My answer, “NO! Those folks have way more hair creativity and standing stamina then I could ever muster.” I simply copied a hair style that I found on Donedo’s YouTube channel.

I only utilize the back braid as all that front is too much in my face on the daily basis. I like it and might try it next time I go out :).
Today I am rocking the low side knot. Quick easy and straight forward. Why, you may be asking, do I not wear the twist out long? Well, there are a few good reasons. First, hair on my neck irritates me. Even my own hair when I had it permed would touch my neck and drive me bonkers. Especially when it was wet. This Kanekalon hair is a bit scratchy. I don’t like scratchy. Second, I didn’t install twists for length. I could care less about having long fake hair.  I do like how the length makes updos really, I mean extremely easy. At most, I use one lonely hair pin to keep it up!!! Booyah!!!

Keeping it Moist

Get your mind out the gutter. Now your mind is really in the gutter. My natural hair still needs daily moisture. So, I gots a routine! Before bed and sometimes in the morning too, I:

  1. spritz hair up to where I think my natural hair ends, with Restore By Jane Carter,
  2. immediately follow with Shea Moisture’s Reconstructive Elixir (it spray a fine yet strong mist that offers better oil disbursement); massage in,


3. tie with satin scarf, and
4. continue on with my life!

Til later lovelies.

Tell me, how are you rocking your hair this uber cold winter?

To Twist or Not to Twist pt. 2

wpid-PhotoGrid_1390838732344.jpgSo to catch up since the last post, I decided to add Marley Twists to my hair in a completely ill-prepared, unplanned, not-thought-out kind of a way. Also known as last minute. Eh. So how did it go you ask? Quite well if I do say so myself.

I actually started the twists around 3:20 pm. By the time I had completed the first 6, I had also learned my first lesson. The invisible method demonstrated by Breanna Rutter here and Donedo here is way WAY more difficult to keep in than it seems. They promptly slipped out. Second lesson learned, patience grasshopper. So I managed to switch techniques and install 2 1/2 packs of hair with out significant problems. I took lots of breaks to nurse, eat, walk around, watch movies, really I took breaks because twisting this much hair is just boring. at 10:59 pm I was dipping the rolled ends into hot water to curl them. That was that. By Tuesday another twist slipped out. But I just put it right back in. End of story.

Yes, I like them. The first two days, I wore them up in a top know. I quickly realized that single digit weather and no hat is disastrous so today, they are in a low ponytail as to accommodate a hat.

Are they heavy? Yes. I have added a significant amount of new materiel to the top of my head so yep, it is heavy. For me that is kinda like asking did getting earring hurt. Yes they did, sharp metal pushed through one’s anatomy tend to bring pain. However, It is not unreasonable. I don’t find that i must try to balance my head to keep it from lolling to one side.

How much did this endeavor cost? The hair cost a whooping $7 a bag. I only  used 2.5 bags.  So for me, self-installing is totally worth the savings.

How long will I leave them in? No more than 4 weeks as I run the risk of starting locs at that time and that isn’t the path I am walking.

So here is the skinny:

Type of hair used:wpid-20140202_173658.jpgSensationnel Synthetic hair Braids Braid Now Reggae Braid (MARLEY BRAID) (1B)

Type of roller used:

How I installed them:

  1. I separated a row and clipped all other hair out of the way.
  2. I separated a section to be twisted and slipped the rest of the row out of the way.
  3. Added moisturizer to the section and then covered that with coconut oil.
  4. Followed by a castor oil mix to seal it all being sure to cover the ends well.
  5. Next, was a bit of EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel ( I don’t know that you really need this one but I used it).
  6. I then took a pre-separated section of Marley hair and fluffed it. By fluffing, I mean I gently pulled it apart from one end to the other. Not completely apart, just enough to make it fluffier.
  7. I found the center of said hair
  8. wrap it around my hair section (creating three pieces)
  9. and began to braid. I stopped after my hair ended up in the center braiding section twice.
  10. While my hair was in the center, I split it in two, combined each split section with the Marley sections and began to twist.
  11. Once my entire head was completed, I used cold wave rollers on the ends and dipped them into boiling hot water. Please remove water from the hot stove prior to dipping. It is best to put the water in a bowl on a solid, flat surface.
  12. Let dry and style!