Before I dive into posting about my trip to Thailand, I’m (of course) going to talk about what I did with my hair. For vacation last year I did box braids & burned the ends, but this time around I wanted to do something different. After looking around for options, I fell in love with twists, especially after seeing some beautiful heads online. The hard part was deciding between Senegalese Twists (also called Rope Twists):
Marley/Havana Twists (also called Kinky Twists):
But after seeing the chunky deliciousness of the Marley & Havana twists, I was hooked & decided to go that route. I stopped relaxing my hair about 2 months before I installed the twists so that my hair would blend better with the kinky texture of the hair I was going to use. A couple days before we left for vacation, I armed myself with Breanna Rutter’s Havana Tutorial on Youtube & 10 packs of Vivica Fox Jamaican Marley Hair in color 2 ($6/pack at my local beauty supply store) & went at it for the next 3 hours. For my first go around, my results weren’t too bad, but I didn’t love the twists so chunky. I used 6-7 strands per twist, and it was just too much for me. I ended up with around 30 twists total, and it wasn’t easy to style them because they were so big & too few.
A day later (and the night before we left for vacation), I bought another 6 packs of hair & completely re-did the twists, this time making smaller parts, using 2-3 strands per twist instead of 6-7, and twisting looser for the last 2/3rds. I ended up with closer to 50 twists of the perfect size, and LOVE them!
They were perfect for vacation – I was sweating like a maniac, and it was nice not having to worry about my hair.
TIPS + TRICKS:
- Washing was easy – I’d thoroughly rinse my hair in the shower, then dilute shampoo with water & pour it on my scalp. Using my fingers, I’d gently massage my scalp around the twists then rinse again. I’d wring as much water out of the twists as I could, then put my hair up in a towel for an hour or so. It wouldn’t be completely dry, but enough so that it wouldn’t drip all over me.
- When installing, twist tightly for the first 3 or so inches, then twist looser to the ends. I looks much better if you loosen up than if you don’t.
- I used white perm rods on the ends before dipping in hot water to curl the ends.
- Be mindful of how you part, particularly in front. I sectioned small, 1″ sections in semi-circles & really liked how it turned out.
- When installing, every time you start a new twist, stagger the Marley hair strands so that the ends of your twists aren’t blunt. If they’re staggered, they’ll taper to the end & will be easier to curl.
- I personally chose not to relax for a couple months before installing the twists so that my hair would blend better with the kinky texture of the Marley hair. I also opted not to cut my hair beforehand because I had issues last year with my blunt ends escaping from the box braids I installed. As my hair grows out it’s more tapered, and was easier to keep incorporated into the twist.
- Over time, the twists will loosen themselves & pull away from your scalp. I put together a little tutorial video to show you how to remove a loose twist & re-install it, even if it’s matted. I’ve included a couple photos below for reference.