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Crochet Marley Braids

I spent 3# weeks with my second install of crochet marley braids and for the most part, we had a fantastic time! I enjoyed not having to twist in my hair every night before bed the most. However, I did not enjoy having to braid and re-dip my marley hair in hot water twice a week. Grrrrrrr. This hair frays like nobody’s business (once you have to separate the curls) but overall, it is still a pretty awesome style.

For this install, I cut the marley braids in 3# instead of 2# because I wanted a short style. I used 2# full packs of hair.Β Even though I cut the hair in 3#, I still pinned up the back with hairpins so that the hair did not touch my neck at all (for the most part). I didn’t do anything special this time around either so you can check out my earlier crochet braids post for more details.

Here is how the hair looked freshly installed with no manipulation:


I absolutely love the look of this…except when you check it out from the sides :-/


Yeah, that sucker is WILD! It would need some serious trimming which I cannot do myself. Not to mention it blows every which way in the wind. So nope. I opted to curl this baby πŸ™‚

After separating the curls, I ended up with this. Remember I used hair pins to keep the hair high up off my neck.


When the hair was all frayed out, I wrapped it up as per my previous photo post πŸ™‚


This looks FABULOUS from the side…it was wayyyy too much hair from the front but I rocked it any ways πŸ™‚

I tried doing 2 twists down the sides in front and pinned the hair under at the back. Insert curly baby hair courtesy a 3-minute relaxer on my edges #don’tjudgeme

Front Twists

When re-curling, I did 2-strand twists and wrapped them on flexi rods and this is what I got. In green, was them fresh off the rods and in yellow I pinned them up off my neck πŸ™‚

I did my hair with a side part and an optional center part and here is it on the center part. I never thought a center part fitted my face…but this is not bad at all πŸ™‚

Center Path_2

My hair was dipped in hot water the day before – can you see how frizzy it was already? (I do sleep with a satin bonnet every night – the frizz really comes from separating the curls)

Center-Side Path

Been trying to figure out which looks better – center or side part…. Hmmmmm. What do you think, ladies?

Anyways, it was a blast but all good things must come to an end so I waved goodbye to my protective style after 3# weeks.



I love crochet braids as a protective style, but the next install will be with curly hair so that I can avoid the maintenance issues that comes along with using marley hair.

Have you tried crochet braiding? What hair did you use? Please do share!