My natural hair was in major need of some TLC. So this summer I was protective styling with Marley Twists. This was my very first time ever installing extension. I also haven’t worn extensions since being natural. The last time I wore braid extensions was 2003ish. I guess I figured I wouldn’t be able to do them myself. And I’m
cheap frugal. I never want to give anyone almost $200 to do my hair.
After talking to a few of my stylist friends and researching online I was confident that I could install and maintain Marley Twist myself. When I hosted the Texas Black Expo many of the ladies thought it was all my hair. Most of it was but I was surprised at how natural they came out especially for my first time. Read how I installed and maintained my Marley Twists.
I will tell you the first time I was kinda winging it. It was pure luck they turned out as good as they did. Don’t think you can’t do it. Practice makes perfect. And if you do try it; its okay if you don’t like them the first time. You can try again later.
A few things that most people don’t know about protective styling with extensions.
Marley Braid Hair is Reusable
I was surprised too. And also very happy because a pack will run your about $4.99 or more. The last time I was at Natural Resources Salon, one of the stylist shampooed and conditioned her client’s hair with Kinky Twist or Marley Twist. Then she re-did the front and sides of her hair to freshening it up.
Once I saw this, you know I had to ask. And she informed me, “yes, you can shampoo your hair with Marley Braid Hair.” Marley Braid Hair is 100% Kanekalon or synthetic hair. Each package has “General Care” information with step by step washing instructions. Soak detangled hair in a cool or warm water with a tablespoon of sulfate-free shampoo. Then use a towel to soak up excess water and allow to air dry.
You Can Maintain Your Normal Shampooing, Conditioning, and Moisturizing Schedule
This is also recommended. I have dry scalp so I can’t afford to skip shampooing and conditioning my hair. I know the main concern for most is frizz. You want to maintain your hairstyle. I get it. You don’t have to compromise your routine to do so.
To minimize frizz, use a spray bottle to apply diluted shampoo to the scalp. Rinse as normal or with a spray bottle full of water. I don’t like to put my Marley Twist under running water because they are heavy when wet. And they take FOREVER to dry. Okay not forever but like 2 days.
Moisturizing at night before bed by spraying water directly on the scalp and sealing in moisture with Coconut Olive Oil leaves the hair and scalp moisturized. And it feels good!!! Tie the hair down to smooth frizz. If you still have frizz you can use a light mousse for your edges. But after about 4 weeks its just time to re-do at least the front.
Soaking Extension Twist or Braid Hair Can Prevent Itchiness
Many people are allergic to the alkaline coating on Kanekalon Hair. As a precaution soak hair in warm water and a little apple cider vinegar. In doing this, I didn’t have any problems with itching or bumps around my hair line. You can read more about Soaking Extension Hair in Apple Cider Vinegar.