The summer before going to college I decided to braid my hair in tiny tiny braids with extensions. I spent three days installing them, about five hours each day, and a total of 15 hours all together. I kept them in for maybe two months since they took so long to do. I absolutely adored this style and loved having super long braids. Since then I do not have the time to do such a style, nor do I want to. I also wasn’t using the style as a method to protect my hair for healthy hair growth either. The style was more for looks alone.
Last month I tried Marley/Havana Twists for the first time. I wanted to put my hair into a style that would free me of daily maintenance.
The first time I twisted my hair it took about 3+ hours. I put in about 45 twists. I only kept them in for a little over a week. Most recently it only took me an hour to put in my twists since I only did a total of 14 twists, was detangling my hair along the way, and am more familiar with the technique. I used organic unrefined shea butter to create these twists instead of gel. This time I chose to make my twists extra large so that my hair would not be strained at the roots and especially not the edges of my hair. I’ve had way too many experiences in the past with tiny braids literally ripping out my edges and tangling badly when removing.
I believe that the difference in the names of these twists is based on the type of braiding hair used. For Havana Twists regular bulk afro textured hair is used. For Marley Twists one uses Marley braiding hair which I believe is the easiest to use of the two. Marley braiding hair comes in individual locks of hair which faintly resembles dreadlocs, yet is soft and pliable. I personally like Marley braiding hair because the ends hold well without any specific method of sealing them off, it already comes pre-sectioned, and especially since it also resembles tightly curly/coily hair.
I love this style specifically for summer because it is carefree and not as hot as wearing my curls loose.
Hair generally grows faster in the summer, so I want to maximize my hair growth the best I can this season. Don’t be surprised if you see me with this style in the fall or winter because I love it that much! Daily care for this style is extremely simple as well. I spritz my hair with purified water, and seal in the moisture with my favorite oil, shea butter, or hair balm by squeezing the product into my twists. I do not apply anything other than water on my scalp, yet I’m thinking of adding some essential oils to the water as well.
I would like to get into the habit of doing scalp massages although it hasn’t happened so far. To preserve this style at night, I always cover my hair with a satin scarf. In the morning I style my twists in a ponytail, one large twist on the side, or just loose. I like to keep it simple, keep it healthy, and keep it moving!
Have you tried Marley Twists? If you’re curious how to create Marley twists, search “marley twist tutorial” on YouTube. There are tons of videos and they are very easy to do!
To see my current and simple natural hair regimen go here!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)