Return of the Wash Day & Twists Have Won My Heart

Feels like I’ve been gone forever and a day, thank you ALL so much for the encouraging emails and well wishes!!!!!!!! I’ve missed you all! I survived the bar exam. I’ve pretty much been a walking zombie who has been catching up on sleep and restoring her sanity… at least until I have to start studying for my next one. I’m a glutton for punishment huh?

I’d fully intended to do a complete recap like my last wash day post, but the first week I’d only done a boring fluffy bun that you’ve seen lots of times before so we’ll skip that and get into these twists that have completely won me over.

If you’ve been following the blog since it’s early days (I started my HHJ in 2009), I’ve never worn twists, braids, or hair of any kind, so these twists were a big (and welcomed) changed for me. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had pretty much zero patience or time to do battle with my transitioning hair so I decided to put my hair in twists to give it a break.

I started off by watching a handful of YouTube videos on marley twists and the invisible root method, and when I sat down to do my hair, I quickly realized that doing the invisible root method was not a skill that I possessed. I really can’t do it. Like my fingers and brain just cannot communicate when it comes to figuring out the invisible root method.


I use Janet Collection Afro Marley Hair, color: 2, for my twists. To prep the hair I soaked it in apple cider vinegar, to strip it of some of the chemicals the synthetic hair is treated with.


[1] Pre-poo as normal with conditioner. I’ve been using either Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Conditioner or Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner.
[2] Shampooing with a moisturizing shampoo, either Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo or Bobeam shampoo bar.
[3] Tea rinsed.
[4] Deep conditioned with either SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner or HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner.
[5] After deep conditioning, I apply my trusty leave-ins Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to seal in my leave-in.

Once my normal wash day routine is done, I section my hair and twist. To secure the hair I start off as if I’m doing a braid and after about 4 plaits, I switch to twisting.


I’ve been undoing my twists every 2 weeks to fully wash and deep condition my hair but in between  the take down days (about 1-2 times a week), I’ve been saturating my hair with watered down conditioner (with a little glycerin added for extra moisture).

After rinsing the conditioner from my hair, I spray my scalp and hair with apple cider vinegar + water. Next, I wrap my hair in a towel for about an hour and then retwist the front sections and sections that are frizzy and need to be redone.


I’m absolutely in love with my twists. They’ve been such an easy to way to wear my hair and completely tucks my hair away. Don’t be surprised if a few years after I’m completely natural I suddenly say I’m going to loc my hair O_O

Tell me all about your wash day!!!




  1. Welcome Back, Jen! I'm glad you made it through your bar exam! And I can't believe you're about to put yourself through that again this year! You are a soldier!

    Your hair looks great!

  2. I'm so glad you're back Jen! I hope your exams were great?! Your twists look amazing and I tried twists too although not with marley hair since we dont have a lot of people that sell here in Nigeria. I just took out the twists last week and would put the post on my blog on Monday. Have an amazing and restful weekend…

  3. How long would you say this takes up each week with the untwisting and re-braiding?

  4. Welcome back Jen! I was shocked to see you in twists, I have never ever. They look so good I can't believe it's your first time.
    Well done, you survived the exams. I wish you all the best. Grwat to have you and your hair back on the linkup

  5. Wow, Jen! I was surprised to see you tried marley twists knowing you haven't over the years. You did an awesome job. They look great on you! The ease of the style is addicting, I"m a witness.

    Congrats on surviving the bar!! Great accomplishment! I remember when my sister was studying for it the only time I saw her was if I agreed to help her study 🙂

  6. Welcome back!! You have been missed!
    Good to hear that you passed your exam and much success for any others that follow.
    You described my regimen since October 2014. My transitioning hair (2 yrs post) did very well with braids, twist and faux locs and biweekly (extra pampering) washdays. I spray and seal my protective styles a few times a week.
    After doing this a few months I've lately been taking at least 1 week off to allow my scalp to rest, maybe I am just being extra careful but I must say I have been loving the convenience of protective styles since they make transitioning super easy.
    Your twists look fab and you will notice that the time it takes to install keeps getting shorter 🙂
    Best wishes, Holland girl

  7. Jen you did a marvelous job for this being your 1st time (don't you just LOVE Youtube?) Am bout to put some in for my vacay next week. Welcome to your new addiction. lol

  8. It seems like alot of the girls I'm running into at my university are getting braids. One of my friends is pretty much a dedicated braid wearer most of the time she has been natural. I have never worn any type of braids or weave, except a fake bun in high school for marching band. I'm still struggling to resist the urge to try to straighten my whole head! It's not *quite* long enough for that yet.

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      I've been noticing a lot more women wearing twists in my neighborhood, but they're probably standing out more to me because my hair is the same way haha.

  9. GORGEOUS!!!!

    I love love love these marley twists! Are they loose enough at the root not to give you a headache?

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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      Thank you! Yup I do them loose enough to avoid sore scalp and headaches.

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