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

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

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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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Jessica Simien, 26, is the owner of JessicaSimien.com and a public relations and media expert. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree from Jackson State University and a Master of Public Relations degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. To contact her, follow her on Twitter @jessicasimien or email her at jessica@jessicasimien.com.

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  2. melonie

    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.

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    1. Jessica Simien

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

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  3. Mimi

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

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    1. Jessica Simien

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

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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  4. Lydia Hord

    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?

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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  5. Jasmine

    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!

    Jasmine

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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  6. TeacherLady

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

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  7. Kari

    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!

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  8. Kari

    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!!

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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  9. Mel

    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

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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  10. Cali

    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!

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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  11. Jei

    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.

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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.

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        1. Jessica Simien

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

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    1. Jessica Simien

      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!

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