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Two weeks ago I took out my marley twists. Even though I was curious to see how long I would last with them, I managed to leave them in for a full month! Usually it’s advised to leave Marley Twists in for 4-7 weeks but since I have a dandruff issue, a month was more than enough.
Because of this I couldn’t go for a full month without washing my hair. Even though it took some figuring out how to wash Marley Twists, thinning out my DIY clarifying shampoo and conditioner did the trick. When my Marley Twists dried I’d retwist them to keep them looking fresh and spritz a mix of water and conditioner almost on a daily basis.
Personally I wouldn’t recommend going for a full month or longer without washing or conditioning your natural hair while in Marley Twists because water is key when it comes to moisturizing. Managing to keep your hair moisturized while in Marley Twists and after taking them down is easier then you think if you follow these steps.
1. Moisturize your hair while in Marley Twists
(Condition) wash your hair once a week. Use the shampoo or conditioner you normally would use and add a tiny bit of it in a bottle and fill the rest up with water. Poor your thinned out shampoo on your dry scalp first and gently massage it with your fingers. Wash it out and then apply your thinned out conditioner focusing more on your ends. The reason you need to thin out your hair products is so it won’t leave a white film/residue on your hair.
2. Don’t keep your Marley Twists for too long
Everybody’s hair is different and some might even be able to stretch it to 2 months. Even though I was ‘washing’ and moisturizing my hair, after 3 weeks my hair was starting to look dry. Even if you wash and condition it, it’s not the same as washing and conditioning your real hair. Plus I never got that ‘so fresh and so clean’ feel after washing my hair in Marley Twists like I usually do with my natural hair.
3. Deep condition your Marley Twists before taking them down
One day before taking out my twists I deep conditioned it. Doing so before aids the whole process and helps my hair in getting its regular moisture level. Deep conditioning before will also help with the detangling process and trust me you’ll need a lot of patience!! The day of taking down your twists your hair will be dry but not wet.
4. Taking down the Marley Twists
I spritzed my hair a bit to make the taking out process easier. The hair also seemed to glide out effortlessly without ripping out any of my hair. Take your time and be gentle because you do not want to rush this process at the cost of your natural hair.
5. Hot Oil Treatment with Castor Oil
Spritz your hair and finger detangle it a bit. If you have the time do an overnight hot oil treatment to help your hair get back in shape. If you don’t leave it in for 1 hour min up to 3 hours. Hot oil treatments help boost your hair’s moisture, shine and help combat frizz. Castor oil in particular fixes split ends and moisturizes dry hair among others. Rinse your hair with water afterwards to flush the excess oil.
6. Deep condition
I used Boots’ Coconut & Almond hair mask which was an absolute bargain of $2-3/EUR. Again I left it in for 2-3 hours since my hair needed it. Even when you moisturize your hair while in Marley Twists and the day before taking them out your hair will be quite dry when taking it out so an extra effort when it comes to moisturizing is required. After leaving it for the set amount of time I spritzed my hair with water and gently started finger detangling first and then regular detangling. Take your time and be patient. I think it took me about an hour or a little less to detangle because some of my hair started looking and clumping together like dreadlocks so I applied a generous amount on those pieces to add more slip and aid in the detangling process.
7. Moisturize & protective style
I applied my leave in and then braided my hair to seal in the moisture. If twists or bantu knot outs are your success protective hairstyle then go for it. For me braids always do the trick! Let it dry and take it out the next day.
If you feel like your hair is still in need of some moisture repeat the same process within 2 days. It might take up to a week before your hair starts feeling like normal (which was my case) and getting used to taking care of my hair was also a pain. I loved having my Marley Twists but it made me lazy and initially I would go for the wash & go look since it took the least amount of effort…at first sight. I will definitely use this style twice a year (during Spring and Winter) but not more because growing my natural hair and making sure it stays healthy is my main priority and having these Marley Twists in too often would for sure jeopardize that.
Have you tried Marley Twists? How did you ensure your hair stayed moisturized?
Thanks for reading!