Style & Beauty

Natural Hair: Protective Styling With Marley/Senegalese Twists (DETAILS)

March 30, 2013
jessica simien natural hair

I decided to put twists back in my hair until my two-year natural hair anniversary, but this time instead of doing Senegalese twists, I decided to try Marley twists.

Marley twists are basically bigger Senegalese twists (to resemble dreadlocks) and you use Marley Braiding Hair instead of the silkier Kanekalon hair. To achieve this look, I used about 4 1/2 packs of the hair ($4.99 each) and it took me about 6 hours. I took several breaks and retwisted a few of the twists several times.

I do prefer this hair over the 100% Kanekalon hair simply because my hair is concealed very well and this hair isn’t so heavy. Also, the ends have not been unraveling and the roots aren’t slipping. I’ll keep these in for about two weeks and then I’m sure I’ll try something different with my hair again. I get bored easily LOL.






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  • Reply melonie May 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hi. I love your hair!! how many pieces of the marley hair did you use per twist? I love how you hair is full but not too full like I’ve seen others peoples twist.

    • Reply Jessica Simien May 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Hi Melonie,
      Thanks! I used two pieces per twist.

    • Reply Patrease Hawkins October 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Can you keep the twists longer?

      • Reply Jessica Simien October 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

        Yes, I just like to switch up my hair a lot. I usually don’t wear styles very long.

  • Reply Fran May 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I absolutely adore your hair, it looks Great on you. Did you use any products during the process?

    • Reply Jessica Simien May 24, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Fran,
      I did – I used a little EcoStyler gel to keep my natural hair in place within the twist.

  • Reply Mimi May 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Hey. How many packs of Marley hair did you use?

    • Reply Jessica Simien May 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      I used 4 packs.

  • Reply Mimi May 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Actually. I didn’t see the written part only the pictures. Sorry for the dumb question. Its really pretty!

    • Reply Jessica Simien May 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Cherry May 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

    How do you make the ends of your hair stay?

    • Reply Jessica Simien May 31, 2013 at 1:30 am

      The marley braiding hair is really coarse, so because I twisted all the way to the ends it stayed on its own.

  • Reply Sara June 8, 2013 at 3:57 am

    What brand of marley hair did you use?

    • Reply Jessica Simien June 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I don’t remember the exact brand, I’m sorry.

  • Reply Courtney June 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    How long does this style stay? Is it like regular 3month micros?

    • Reply Jessica Simien June 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

      I’m the worst person at maintaining a hairstyle…I only kept mine in for about two weeks. I’m sure they could have stayed in much longer.

  • Reply Kennedy June 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Could this be done over locs. ?

    • Reply Jessica Simien June 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I’m not sure…possibly if the locks are thin.

  • Reply Lydia Hord June 29, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been dying to do Marley Twists. I’ve never had extent ions and I hate the hard synthetic feel of the hair. Was your hair soft to the touch or hard and crunchy? To get a softer feel I want to try the Kanekelon hair but I here it doesn’t stay well! Your opinion?

    • Reply Jessica Simien June 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thank you! Personally, I don’t like the Kanekelon hair because it slips and my hair sticks out of it. I tried them and took them out in a week. The marley hair is a little harder but soft at the same time once it has been manipulated and twisted and all that.

  • Reply Tracy July 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Do you twist these the same way you twist Senegalese twist?

    • Reply Jessica Simien July 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Yep I did!

  • Reply Jasmine July 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Hi this is so gorgeous!! My friends and I are looking into trying this. I was wondering did you finger part it or use a comb? Did you straighten your hair before you twisted it? Also could you give any tips to someone who is doing this for the first time? Thank you in advance!


    • Reply Jessica Simien July 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Jasmine! I used a comb and I just washed my hair and let it air dry as I did the twists. For first timers, I would just say to take your time and re-twist if you need to (no matter if it takes a lot longer LOL). If you have any more questions, please let me know.

  • Reply TeacherLady July 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    These and the Senegalese twists are very pretty. Would you consider braiding anothers hair like this as well?

    • Reply Jessica Simien July 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I actually have before!

  • Reply Kari July 25, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Hi there. I love your twists and thanks for sharing. You said you used 4 packs… Was it all the same color because it looks like you have highlights… Also what color did you use. Thanks!

  • Reply Kari July 25, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Also could you post more pictures of the back and sides with the twists styled up. I am trying this style on my own hair but I’m not sure of how big to make my parts. Thank you!!

    • Reply Jessica Simien July 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Kari,
      I used the same color for all the twists, I can’t remember the exact color number though. My hair is honey blonde on the ends so that’s why it looks like I have highlights. Believe it or not I don’t have ANY pics of my hair from the back BUT if you look at my Instagram page (@jessicasimien) there is a photo of me in the process of doing the twists that you can see the parts a little bit.

  • Reply Mel July 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I absolutely love your hair! I am going to Jamaica in a few days and was looking into getting my hair braided. I thought about the Senegalese twists but didn’t want to keep them in long. Can you swim with the Marley twists? Thanks

    • Reply Jessica Simien July 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Thank you! I didn’t try to swim with mine but I probably would put them in a bun if I did. I think they would stay up.

  • Reply Ava July 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Beautiful! How long did it take you?

  • Reply michelle brazil August 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    You look beautiful!

    • Reply Jessica Simien August 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Nichole August 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful!! Can these braids be done for someone with relaxed hair?

    • Reply Jessica Simien August 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Yes! My sister has relaxed hair and she got some.

  • Reply Erica August 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Gorgeous!! I hope I Look as Good With these as You Do!!

    • Reply Jessica Simien August 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Dee September 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I love this look on you! Do you know of any stylists in the Jackson area that does them?

    • Reply Jessica Simien September 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thank you! No, I’m sorry I don’t.

  • Reply Cali September 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I love these Jessica! One question though! How did you make them look full but not overwhelmingly helmety (is that even a word, lol!) Did you add more of your hair in certain sections to combat having toooo many twists?!?! It’s a perfect hair to face ratio I must try these! Too stinkin cute!

    • Reply Jessica Simien September 9, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thank you! I’m not sure to be honest with you. I felt like I had way more twists than the tutorials I watched but I still liked the way they came out. I used the same amount of hair for each twists, but my hair is thicker in the front section of my head so maybe that played a part in the way they came out.

  • Reply Katrina September 9, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Hi jessica,

    What was your parting method for this style? I like that its full but overly full and heavy looking.

    • Reply Jessica Simien September 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

      I just parted in blocks, starting with the back.

  • Reply Aisia September 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Love your hair! Would you consider the twist to be small or medium in size?

    • Reply Jessica Simien September 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you, I would say medium size.

  • Reply Jei October 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    You did a great job. I’ve been doing my research && I’ll be trying them myself next week. Thanx for answering all the previous questions, definitely helpful. I have just 2 more lol. 1) Will they turn out smoother if I straighten my hair first or will that make it harder to blend? 2) I want to do blonde twists since I have bleach blonde hair but my dark roots are half way grown out. Is there an ombre Marley hair or way to blend the colors better or do you think they will look ok if I do the blonde? Sorry for being so lengthy, this will be my first time.

    • Reply Jessica Simien October 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Jei.
      1. I’m not sure, every time that I’ve done this style my hair was either slightly blown out or in an old twist out.
      2. Again, I’m not sure. I’ve always used a dark color to match my roots even when I had highlights/ombre in my hair and it looked fine.

      • Reply Shirl November 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        hi, nice hair… where do you buy this hair and the name of your pack?

        • Reply Jessica Simien November 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

          Thanks, I got it from a local beauty supply store. This was so long ago, I don’t remember the brand. Sorry :-/

  • Reply Crystal November 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    How big was your parts? Did you cut the hair in half ?

    • Reply Jessica Simien November 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I didn’t cut the hair in half but my parts were a medium size I guess. Not too small, not too big.

  • Reply Qubilah Phillips December 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    How many braids where there across the front ?

    • Reply Jessica Simien December 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Maybe about 7-9…I’m not exactly sure, I did this so long ago and I haven’t worn my hair this way since. Sorry!

  • Reply Leesha December 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    is there a brand of hair that you find better

    • Reply Jessica Simien December 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

      No, I just have always grabbed the marley texture…I never paid much attention to the brand name.

  • Reply Anonymous February 22, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I love ❤ your hair soo much ☺☺

    • Reply Jessica Simien February 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      :) Thank you so much!

  • Reply MOD July 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    In comparison to the Senegalese twist, which would you consider heavier?

    • Reply Jessica Simien July 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      The Senegalese twists were definitely heavier in my experience because I used much more hair and there were LOTS of twists.

  • Reply Anonymous December 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    How much would it cost

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