When quarantine first happened, I knew I was going to need a protective style. I went to the beauty supply store and bought 6 packs of Marley hair. I washed, deep conditioned, and blow-dried my hair. When it came time to install them, I gave up after three twists. I just couldn’t get the parts right and the twists looked uneven. So I threw my hair in a ponytail and slapped on a synthetic puff. I ended up ordering some spring twist hair and put those in instead. When the spring twists were on their last leg, I stumbled on some Youtube tutorials for jumbo twists using the rubber band method. It looked easy enough, plus I had all of those packs of unused hair. I gave it a shot and they came out really nice.
- Marley Hair (I used 5 1/2, but get 6 just in case)– I used this brand–link
- Shine n’ Jam Magic Fingers-link
- Parting comb/pin-tail comb–link
- Rubber bands–link
- Oil– for your scalp and the rubber bands; I put some oil and rubber bands in my hands and rubbed them together. You’ll see what I’m talking about in the second video–link
- hair clips–to assist in keeping the sections separated–link
- crochet needle– I didn’t end up using this because I got lazy, but one of the videos below suggests it– link
Related: Protective Style: Spring Twists
Tutorials I used
Important things to note
- Try not to put the rubber bands on so tight; you don’t want to cause too much tension
- To seal the twists, I just dipped them in some hot water
- Oil your scalp! I find it easy to forget to take care of my hair while it’s under a protective style. But if it’s not taken care of, it kind of defeats the purpose of the style. I use this oil on my scalp every other day.