Welcome to the wonderful world of Marley/Havana Twists! What they are called, depends on who you ask. I installed these less than a year ago. I’ve been meaning to post pics, but I had a hard time locating them. I hid them from myself or they are amongst my many devices. I did find a few photos with all kinds of fancy filters. Who doesn’t love fancy filters, right?! I love the filters because they show them in more detail.
I absolutely loved these Havana/Marley twists. It was my 4th time installing twists, but my first time for Havana (super chunky) twists. My first set were Senegalese twists (waist length), seen here. I completed those in 11 hours. I decided I wanted them again in Winter (last year), so I installed them again here. I even installed Marley twists for the first time, but I used a different type of hair trying to recreate my Senegalese twists. FAIL! Lol I realized you can’t do that. Different twists, require different textures/types of hair. They were more like kinky twists. I’ll post about those later.
Here are a few pics:
New specs alert!
This was a super, random bun style! Not even neat, messy in all its gloriousness!
Can’t you tell I was excited about my new eyeglasses!? I mean, they showed up in like…every pic!
I actually went back and decided to make my twists smaller. I redid mainly the front and top. I still can’t remember why I did that. I am a runner, so they may have been a little too heavy for what I needed at the time. Either way, I liked the way they turned out.
Smaller twists accompanied by my Mom’s 80’s vintage jacket!
About my twists process:
Brand of hair used: Femi Marley hair — about 6 packs. I used the invisible twist method.
I used about 3 to 4 pieces depending on the size and spread them apart with my fingers to make them full. This brand of Marley hair was not as full. I’ve also used Bonne Marley hair (when I ran out). I like that brand because they usually have fuller pieces.
Took me about 9 hours to complete.
Products I used: African Pride Braid Spray, a spritzer of water with peppermint oil, and a few drops of castor oil for my post-workout spritz (mainly for scalp); a water bottle to spray twists if they needed moisture or looked dry.
I watched numerous YouTube videos and then decided to try them on myself. I’m not a professional, they just turned out pretty sweet!
I’ll definitely be installing these again. If you have any questions/comments, leave them below!
Oh how I LOVE to change up my hair!!! I’ve always been a natural who is a fan of braids, twists, locs, short hair, and yes wigs and weave (aka accessories)! It’s fun to change up my look whenever I want and not give a care about what other people have to say! I installed Senegalese twists for the very first time back in July right after I returned from the Essence Festival. You can find that post here. It was extremely hot wearing them during those warmer months, but now is the perfect time to do a protective style such as braids/twists. Below are some frequently asked questions.
- What kind of hair did you use? 100% Kanekalon braiding hair. They also have a brand called Expressions where you don’t have to use as many packs and you can use the “pulling method” to make the hair stretch.
- How much did the hair cost? $1.99 a pack
- How many packs did you use? Approximately 11 (my twists were waist length)
- Did you wash them? I did not wash them, mainly because I didn’t keep them up long enough. However, I did use a spray bottle (water, coconut oil, JBCO oil, and a little conditioner) to spritz my scalp and my hair in twists daily. I also spritzed my scalp with peppermint oil and olive oil after my workouts.
- How long did it take? Approximately 11 hours (it was my first time, my second time was close to 8 1/2 hours)
- What’s your nighttime routine? I pulled my twists back in a ponytail and slept with a stain cap. sometimes I’ll put a scarf around my hair and wear the cap.
- Were they tight? Not at all. I never install twists, braids etc tight around my edges. It’s almost that looseness after the tightness has worn off after most braiders install them ( if that makes sense).
- What do you use on your scalp? I use Organic Root Stimulator body and hair spray or DAX (Vegetable oils w/ Lanolin) Pomade, and JBCO (around perimeter) when needed.
Chunky Senegalese Twists
In between this time…I decided I wanted to take them down and I wanted to try long kinky twists with Marley hair. I’ll post about those soon. I reinstalled them again in September. I really love these twists, they have so much versatility!
Semi-chunky Senegalese Twists
I took this set down, because I was preparing for my first 10K with Black Girls Run! in Atlanta. They were too heavy to be running in and it was HOT. I guess I should’ve thought about that before I did them — which is why I decided to wait to do them in the cooler months. I am planning on doing my very first installment of box braids this Winter! I’m excited about that. Be on the lookout for those!
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them below!
I’m back from my awesome trip in New Orleans, where my hubby and I attended the Essence Music Festival for the very first time! We had an absolute BLAST! Of course you know TONS of pics will be coming soon! Well me being me, craving a new look with my hair, I was ready as soon as I got back! I did loc extensions back in the Winter — took me 18 hours might I add — and I really didn’t want to do those again just yet. Well…
I’ve been saying for the past year that I was going to get Senegalese twists. I wanted something on this style for my next trip, so I decided to give them a trial run and have them completed in the Summer like I planned. I didn’t just get them, I did them myself! *pats self on back* I really LOVE the way they turned out! So perfect for Summer! They are semi-chunky, waist length, and took me about 10 hours.
Here are a few pics:
I ridiculously love these twists and they have become an instant favorite! If you’re looking for something fun for Summer like twists, braids, etc. Clutch has 3 Braid Styles to Try This Summer! Check it out here!