MANE Events – Marley Braid Senegalese Twists

I’ve been putting this off for months now, but I finally decided to just DO IT.  I have never put my own extensions in, but I figured it couldn’t be that hard… right?

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Yarn braids? Too time consuming.
Havanna Twists?  I don’t have time to wait on hair.

Plus, none of my girlfriends would do it for me.  I have a small head, tis true – but the amount of hair on my head = crazy!  And also there was never enough time to get them done by them… we were TOO BUSY have FUN!!

I started looking online (just as I did when I decided I wanted to shave the sides of my head – YouTube, weblogs, and images until I said, “You now what?! Looking is not going to get me anywhere.”  I grabbed my keys and took a trip to Sally’s.

I had NO CLUE what type of hair I wanted to get, after all, when I have had braids/twists in the past, I used 100% Kanekalon hair.  It runs around $2 a pack.  However, I wanted more texture to my hair and I wanted it to be thicker and longer than I have had in the past.

I reached for the Marley hair ($8/pack) and only grabbed two packs (later on, I had to run out to get another pack of hair), came home, and started working.

The Marley hair is separated into wavy “strands”, about 25 per pack. I used two “strands” per twist.

How many twists do I have? 30
How many packs of hair did you use? 2 and a small portion of the third.  Very small.
I started around the perimeter of my hair line and worked my way in, that way if I ran out of hair (which I did) I could put it into a high bun and keep it rolling (and no one would ever know I was without).  I used large parts and did not use a comb to part my hair, only my fingers.  I wanted them to look as natural as possible.

Did I twist at the roots or braids? Twisted all the way down.
I didn’t want that random beginning braid at the root of my hair.  It looks weird is unnatural.  The twists blend into my hair perfectly, and you really can’t tell where my hair ends in the twists.


How long did it take? 2.5 hours.
And I’m pretty sure it would have taken a little less time had I not tried messed up on a few.  As for the learning curve, I feel like I conquered it.  Once you’ve got the swing of it, it’s no stopping… unless you run out of hair.

How long will I keep them? 2 weeks
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I am easily bored.  I am hoping for a 2 week span for these babies, maybe longer if I’m loving them like I am right now!

Did I dip them in hot water to control the ends? I did, but it did nothing for me.
Probably had to do with the type of hair I used.  I would suggest burning if you want end control, but I will not be doing that either.

Any other questions?  You can direct them to the comment box.  Can’t wait to share some styles!!

Have you ever braided/twisted your hair with extensions?  How did it turn out?
  • http://www.facebook.com/vecoya.gee VeCoya Gee

    Super Cute!!

  • http://www.steelfeatherlaceelephant.com/ pRoy

    Thanks V! <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03859193878384804580 Betty chears

    I’ve done Kinky Twists on myself in the past but as of lately I am a huge fan of Yarn Braids! I will be installing a new set in a few weeks. It usually takes like 20 hours over a few days and people wonder how & why LOL! Its relaxing to me…sometimes I watch TV or play music while I’m in my bathroom with a candle lit…sometimes I sip a glass of wine!

  • Markeeta Young

    This is GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to try this – maybe as soon as tomorrow. Thanks for this post, great info :)

  • http://www.steelfeatherlaceelephant.com/ pRoy

    Thanks Keeta! I can’t wait to see your results – post it on your blog/IG so I can LOVE it!!

  • Markeeta Young

    Definitely will!

  • Crown Royal

    Sooooo….I love this style on you, but the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was … “YOU AIN’T GOT TO LIE, CRAIG!”

    I love you.
    I miss you.
    I’m glad I re-discovered you. Since hopping off all social media, I’ve lost touch with a lot of great people.