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Marley Twist Tutorial

marley twist tutorial

Looking for a super easy protective style? Marley Twists are the perfect style that is good for any time of the year. Check out my tutorial, and how I styled my Marley Twists.

Details: The hair I used was called Equal Marley braid Hair, I got it from my local BSS for $5. Many have asked how I got it to look so soft, I researched and this brand was a softer of the Marley hair and more easy to manage

the hair I got

the hair I got

I also used eco styler gel along with my Qhemet twist butter, and ElastaQP mango moisturizer to twist the hair.

So I ended up using 4 packs, because I doubled the hair. I explain it all in my YouTube video below 🙂

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THE TRICK!! Sooooo… I twist right over left … so thats going to the left lol so at the root I twisted the hair to the right and then proceeded to right over left. This always confuses me!!!!  If you twist the opposite way reverse 🙂 . I liked this way because It looks like your real hair. I got so many questions and ALOT of people thought it was mine! HEY NOW !!! LOL ANDDDD I was brave and did my cousins TOO!!! Hope I didn’t confuse y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Check out the pics of the different styles I have been rocking with my Marley Twists:


Are you protective styling for the winter?

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  • A Twist of Couture
    December 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    You did a great job!

    • Chelle
      December 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thank you so much!!

  • naturaldo
    December 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    It looks really good chelle. I’ went out and bought the hair today so I’m going to attempt it this week. How do you maintain them? And, do you just cover it with a satin scarf or bonnet?

    • Chelle
      December 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Yayy!! Im redoing mine prob next week as well. Im taking them down this weekend maybe lol! I might not be able to find this hair everybody is going to buy it LOL!!

    • Chelle
      December 16, 2012 at 10:46 am


  • vinegarandwater
    December 5, 2012 at 12:46 am

    You hair is so pretty. I’m happy that the Marley hair looks just as natural as the Havana Twist hair. I love love love the way your bun looks with the twist. Very cute. i’m going back to my Havana twist this weekend for sure!

    • Chelle
      December 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thank you SOOO MUCH!!! Let me know how it turns out!!! 🙂

  • Ren
    December 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I love them, would love to try them tooo BUT I have relaxed hair 🙁

    • Chelle
      December 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      awww 🙁

  • Britt
    December 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Hey girl!!! Just did mine!! I think you got the best tutorial out there!! I followed other ones and mine never came out right! I was like,” I’m gone try this one more time” and my hair looks great!! Thanks a bunch! 🙂

    • Chelle
      December 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

      awww THANKS SOOO MUCH!!!! Glad it came out great!!!

  • AnKAr This (@HAUTE219)
    December 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Did you blow out your hair first!! Thanks much.

    • Chelle
      December 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

      No I just twisted and it did it on semi damp hair 🙂

  • Yomi
    December 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm


    • Chelle
      December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

      Thanks so much!!

  • syster
    December 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

    have you had any problems with slippage? I usually go with a braid at the base and it’s a solid attachement but this one looks so much softer.

    • Chelle
      December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

      No problems with slippage :). It stayed really well!!

  • SieSie
    December 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I am considering doing this look! Ive been natural 9 months (I done the big chop!) and Im blonde! Im not sure if I should dye my hair FIRST! or try rocking the blonde twists! Grrrr! These look great! You done well 🙂

    • Chelle
      December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

      They sell blonde hair!! 🙂 Thanks so much!!!

  • Rasheedah
    December 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’m so glad I ran into your post on curly Nikki! I have been debating for the longest if I should get braids (not the business for my edges) and after seeing how simple and nice your braids look I decided to do the Havana twists. Mine do not look as good as yours but I did pretty good for my first time. This hairstyle will be in heavy rotation. Thanks again!!!!

    • Chelle
      December 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

      Thanks sooo much!!!!

      • Rasheedah
        December 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        What do you do as far as upkeep and moisturizing? I want to keep them in for a month and then reinstall but I think washing will frizz up my hair and loosen up the twists.

        • Chelle
          December 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

          I oil it everyday. I oil my scalp as well. I didnt wash them because they will frizz up really bad 🙁 but you can try just washing your scalp.

          • Rasheedah
            December 31, 2012 at 9:55 am


  • Trina
    January 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Found your post on curly nikki and followed your instructions and my hair came out so beautifully!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Chelle
      January 2, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Glad it helped!!! 🙂 Thanks so much!!

  • Carla Muhammad
    January 3, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Hi Chelle, how long does your Marley Twist last?

    • Chelle
      January 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

      They usually last about a month or so 🙂

  • Carla Muhammad
    January 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thank you. It’s gorgeous… I will try it this month. ;-D

  • Jesicka
    January 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Chelle, how long did it take for you to do? and about how many twists did you have in your hair when it was done?

    • Chelle
      January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

      It took about 3 hours and I think I have about 30 twists, dont quote me though Im not too sure 🙂

  • Misstaci
    January 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Just tried this yesterday. I got sooo many compliments! I used some cheap braid hair but it worked like a charm. Thank you so much for your clear tutorial.

    • Chelle
      January 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Great!!!! Glad it turned out great!! Thank you so much for watching!!!

  • tiggy
    July 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Will freshly relaxed hair get great looking results with marley/havana twists? If not, what type of braids will look great on freshly relaxed hair?

    • Chelle
      July 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Yes this style will work with relaxed hair 🙂

  • College Girl
    July 28, 2013 at 1:19 am

    So chelle do you think with this hair and style you could take them out and put the same hair back in or different hair? I’ll be starting college this month and I want something to maybe last the first couple months just until I adjust to college life and I wont have a car (or money lol) to get more

    • Chelle
      August 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hi!! I believe you can use reused hair. 🙂

  • iqhawekazi
    August 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I’ll definitely be rocking Marley twists in a few days, do you mind helping a sister out and share how you made that up-do on the 4th picture? Please

  • iqhawekazi
    August 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    You look lovely!

    I’ll definitely be rocking these in a few days, do you mind helping a sister out and share how you made that up-do on the 4th picture?

  • Chelle
    November 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Reblogged this on Happily Ever Natural and commented:

    Remember My infamous “Marley Twist” Tutorial? Check it out here!! Its time for some protective styling 🙂

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