I’ve been enjoying having my hair out, styling it, and playing it over the last couple of weeks but I needed a break this week. Solution? Back to marley twists! Here’s my recap.

[1] I started off by spraying my hair with water + glycerin (60%/40%), and then applied Aussie Moist on top. For $2.99 a bottle… tube… ? tubble? It’s a detangling, moisturizing gem.

[2] After pre-pooing for 30 minutes, I hopped in the shower and shampooed with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo. It’s currently the second shampoo my natural hair doesn’t revolt against (the first being Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo — my review is posted here). It cleanses, but does not strip my hair #winning. And it’s been great for my itchy scalp.

Shampooing with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo

[3] With my hair fresh and clean, I squeezed excess water from my hair and applied Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque. And since I just learned how to make gifs from video (whoop!) I get to include things like this in my posts — my tresses after applying the masque to my hair.



[4] I deep conditioned for an hour, rinsed out the masque, applied leave-ins (HairVeda Red Tea Moisturizer + Organix Vitamin E Penetrating Oil) and put my hair into marley twists.

I’m still being as gentle as possible with my edges, so the twists are looser at my edges and I don’t bother applying gel or brushing them when in marley twists. I just let ’em do their thing.

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  1. Hi Jen, this looks GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing! One question, what is your daily/nightly routine like when you wear these braids?

    1. Forgive the double posting please, (totally unaware that the previous comment was posted before I’d finished).

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      Thank you! I put my hair up in a high bun (just like the one in this post) or I do two Minnie Mouse-esque buns like in this post. I tie my edges down with my silk scarf to keep the frizz to a minimum. I used to be more diligent in how I cared for my hair is my twists, here’s my post on that: Caring For My Marley Twists

  2. Hi Jen, thanks so much for sharing this protective style. What do you do during the week/s when you have the braids in? What is your daily/nightly routine like?

  3. I love your twists! I want to do them so bad, but I see myself getting tired and quitting before I’m even half way through. But I guess if can get through a rod set I should be able to do twists. Those take forever too! LOL

  4. The twists continue to suit you so well! Love them. The GIF is such a good touch as well.

    As an aside, you need to ‘claim’ this blog on bloglovin, as it hasn’t transferred from your old one. I wasn’t getting updates so I thought you weren’t posting but it’s actually because BL recognises your new and old blogs as separate.

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      Thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out why my new posts weren’t showing up in BL but never thought to check that BL separated the new and old. Thanks so much for the tip! I just went in and claimed it.

  5. I thought I was the only one who loved Paul Mitchell tea tree line. Have you tried the tea tree conditioning treatment? It is the bomb! Blows the shampoo out the water. If you try it, make sure to get the conditioning treatment that comes in the smaller tube not the regular tea tree conditioner.

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      I have it, the treatment is definitely better than the regular tea tree conditioner. You make me want to pull it out new wash!

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      Thanks! I’m not really sure, I’ve never tried matching my hair to a hair typing chart. My texture varies, I have tight coils at my nape (left), much looser texture on the right side of my nape. My edges have the texture, while the hair in the center of my head towards the front doesn’t bother curling… long story short: I have no clue lol. If I had to venture a guess I’d say 4b/4c???

  6. Your hair looks great. I can’t call your wash day lazy because at least you did your own twists lol. I just got mine redone tonight at the shop because I have no patience for it. I do need to learn so I can take them down as often as I want and make sure they are the size I want all the time without having to correct them the first twist in.

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      It’s takes 2-4 hours depending on how big my sections are and whether I’m tired, but I’ve never been able to sit still long enough without watching a movie while twisting.

      How long do you keep your twists in? And thank you!

  7. I just want to reach out and touch your hair. lol Looks great! I have twists in now and I really need to learn how to do them myself. It will definitely save me money. What hair did you use for the twists?

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      Lol thank you! They’re pretty easy to do, give it a try! I use Janet Collection marley hair.

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      Thank you! Either down with the front pulled back, or up in a high bun. I’m not creative lol

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