It’s been said before and it’ll be said again—natural hair just offers a wide array of versatility that’s hard to beat. You can wear it out with the texture that sprouts from your head or you can get a protective style done that lets your hair rest while looking effortlessly chic.
Marley twists are one option that offer a similar appearance to that of dreadlocks, but is much easier to install since it only requires two strands to wrap around each other instead of one strand being locked down with beeswax. Aside from being a low maintenance and temporary style, these twists get their fluffy character from the required hair extensions that are aptly named after reggae legend Bob Marley, which are close in texture to natural hair. The end result is typically a fun and free hairstyle that is reminiscent to their musical namesake.
If Marley twists have been on your list of protective styles, here are 20 different looks you can look toward for inspiration.
Braided Marley Twists
Add a little spice to your Marley twists with a braided crown. The length of these twists make them a great low-maintenance 'do.
Flat Twist Bun
Getting Marley twists done doesn’t mean you have to keep your hair down. You can twist your strands flat against your scalp and sweep them back into an elegant bun.
Unraveled Marley Twists
If your Marley twists are at the end of their life cycle, you can sport a whole new look by unraveling them. The end result? Defined waves with a whole lot of fullness.
Shoulder Length Twists
Who said Marley twists have to be long? You can still show off your beautiful face with an unfussy shoulder-length style.
Alternative naturalistas can show off their style with two-toned Marley twists. Black and purple is one beautiful combination that unites edginess and convenience.
Long Boho Twists
Marley twists are all about freedom. Show off that spirit with some chunky, long, boho loc twists that are loose in shape.
Classic Twisted Updo
Sometimes you can’t beat the classics—and that’s apparent with this gorgeous Marley twist updo. Sweep your locks up into a chic French twist and you’ll be ready for nearly any occasion.
Since Marley hair comes in a naturally curly texture, it offers a whole lot of body. You can employ this look at the bottom of your twists by leaving these sections a little undone.
Ultra-Chunky Marley Twists
If you’re a believer that bigger is better, you might want to apply this philosophy to your Marley twists. Just note that although you’ll be making a bold statement, larger twists are harder to maintain and usually don’t have the longevity medium- or small-sized twists do.
Want to have the experience of Marley twists without the commitment? Opt for a drawstring ponytail that uses Marley hair and twist it yourself for a temporary style. When it’s all ready, secure it around a sleek bun.
Sleek Top Knot
Can’t decide whether you look better with your hair up or down? You can easily create a lusciously twisted top knot and let a few tendrils fall down for a beautifully streamlined do.
Release your inner mermaid with vibrant Marley twists that show you are the queen of the sea. Multicolored thread woven into your twists takes the look up a few notches.
Get in touch with the your boho roots with Marley twists that are adorned with beads. Sticking with a natural color palette like beige, brown and black is sure to highlight the beauty of gorgeous twists.
Whoever said space buns are for children has definitely seen the style on Marley twists. Simply split your hair in half, create two buns at the top of your head and secure them with big, clear elastic bands.
Take your bun to the next level with chunky Marley twists that’ll create a large and stunning statement. You can also leave a single twist out for a flirty tendril that frames the face. On those fancy nights, you can accessorize your leave out with gold yarn.
Caramel Marley Twists
If you’ve ever been told you’re an autumn, then a warm caramel brown should be on your list. Opting for long strands in this color will give you an ethereal golden glow.
Is purple your favorite color? Show off that love then with a monochromatic hairdo that features lavender Marley twists in the front and ultraviolet Marley twists in the back.
Rapunzel Marley Twists
If you have an affinity for fairy tales or just want to feel like a goddess, you should try your hand at Rapunzel-length Marley twists. No fancy charms or dramatic colors are needed since your hair will do all the talking with this look.
For naturalistas that want a bold color but don’t want to break the mold completely can opt for a bright yellow-toned blonde. Keep an eye out for Marley hair that is in the level nine region.
Let your love for red show with Marley twists that are in this vivacious hue. Whether you go for a fire engine, ruby or rust shade—you’ll be sure to turn heads.