35 Best Marley Twists Looks Perfect for Natural Hair


Marley twists are a type of protective hairstyle that is achieved when you two-strand twist Marley braiding extensions with your own hair. The reason why they are so popular is to do with the fact they’re closer in texture to natural hair and super easy to look after.

A-list stars such as Brandy, Solange and Keke Palmer,  have all coveted this style and it’s clear to see why. With Marley twisted hair, you don’t have to worry about styling your hair every day because they require no maintenance, making them the perfect get-up-and-go style.

Now, if you still need more convincing, and fancy seeing how this gorgeous style looks on celebs and real ladies, you’re in luck. Keep on scrolling to see all the stunning ways you can rock Marley twists.

Long Marley Twists

Woman with marley twists brown hairCredit: All Things Hair

Long and loose or short in an updo, Marley twists can be worn in a multitude of stylish ways.

Long Boho Marley Hair

If you’re a fan of boho style, you’ll love these gorgeous twists. They’re the perfect summer hairstyle for natural-haired girls.

Short Marley Hair

If you prefer shorter looks, this style is made for you. The best part? Shorter hair means you’ll spend less time in the salon chair.

Shoulder-Length Twists

Shoulder-length hair is always in style! This flattering length is sure to make you stand out.

Editor’s tip: If you want to give your twists a quick pick-me-up, mist them with the TRESemmé Day 2 Shine Reviver Nourishing Mist. This will give your mane a gorgeous glow.

’90s Ponytail

This is one of our favourite ways to style Marley twists! For an instant ’90s vibe, work your hair into a ponytail and leave some bits out at the front.

Ombre Twists

Who says you can’t get in on the ombre hair trend? If you’re contemplating trying dip-dyed hair, let this beauty’s mane show you the way.

Blonde Marley Twists

Here’s another colour you have to try with this protective hairstyle: blonde.

Red Twists

Channelling your inner redhead will be easy with red Marley twists.

Two-Toned Twists

If you’re afraid of committing to one colour, try two-toned Marley plaits. Black and brown is one beautiful combination that never fails!

Jumbo Twists

Take your look to the next level by getting these chunky twists. Word of warning: bigger sized twists will require more maintenance.

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Small Twists

If you prefer smaller sizes, these flattering Marley twists are destined for your mane.

Messy Half-up

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Messy but put together can be tricky to nail, but luckily for you, this Instagram babe nails it with her half-up, half-down bun. Credit: @cee.naturally

Half-up Ponytail

The Arianna Grande of Marley twists, this half-up, half-down ponytail is hair goals.

Half-up Bun

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We all know that capturing the perfect selfie isn’t easy but with this half-up bun, you’ll look amazing from every angle! Credit: @joriehair

Wrapped Updo

Woman with wrapped marley twists updoCredit: All Things Hair

This hairstyle is perfect for those looking for a formal hairstyle for an event or a polished look for your 9-5.

Marley Twist Lob

Woman with medium length marley twists with accent hair colours

Medium hair lengths have become the hottest cut thanks to a-list stars like Jennifer Lopez and Gabrielle Union.

Accent Colour

Woman wih dark brown marley twists with accent blue colour Credit: Allyson Allapont

Adding accent colours is a great way to add some fun to Marley twists. Which colour will you choose?

Elegant Chignon

close up of vlogger curlbella with marley twists updoTry your hand at the Marley twist updo. Credit:

Now, you may be thinking that Marley twists are a little too edgy to be worn in an elegant and sophisticated manner – but that couldn’t be further from reality! Just one look at this refined chignon and all your doubts will melt away.

So if you’re dreaming of wearing your hair up, worry not: this chic and long-lasting hairstyle is the perfect hairdo for you. Now all you have to do is find a swanky soiree to rock it at! Credit: @curlbellaa

Casual Ponytail

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Are you a lazy girl at heart? No judgement, we are too – which is why we think you’ll instantly fall in love with this simple, stylish ponytail hairstyle. See? Marley twist styles don’t have to be intricate to pack a fashionable punch! Credit: @viyletsol

Asymmetric Bob Cut

image of influencer garcia glam with large marley twists in a bobGo bold with big Marley twists in an asymmetric bob cut. Credit:

With short hairstyles having a fashionable revival, it’s only right for us to include short Marley twist styles in our round-up! And this braid queen’s look is the ideal example: we love how her big twists have been cut into a short asymmetric shape.

So if you’re after a no-fuss look that’s universally appealing and trendy, you know what to do! Oh, and be sure to pick the right bob haircut for your face shape. Credit: @garcia.glam

Editor’s tips: To keep your baby hairs in check, use the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray. This will provide long-lasting hold, all without the sticky look and feel.

Side-Swept Twists

image of a woman with side swept marley twists with flowers and hair cuffsMake you locks super glam with side-swept Marley twists. Credit:

Looking for romantic Marley twist styles to rock on your next getaway? Then prepare to fall in love with this side-swept ‘do, that’s perfect for the beach and date-nights alike.

To complete this sizzling look, pair your Marley twists with a floral hair accessory and some hair cuffs. This will make you look super unique while scoring masses of style points at the same time! Credit: @rafafranco2

Marley Space Buns

front view of a woman with her hair in marley twists and cute space bunsYou need to try out these cute Marley space buns! Credit:

It’s no secret we’re avid space buns supporters, so when we saw this Marley twist variation, we fell head over heels for it! This sweet-and-chic hairstyle is great for any occasion (especially festivals!) and is a fail-safe way to stand out from the crowd. Credit: @krissykakess

The Pineapple

front view of a woman with a high bun updo wearing sunglassesMarley twist meets the bun updo – we love! Credit:

In need of a get-up-and-go look for your daily life? Twisted Marley braid hairstyles often seem complicated, but a pineapple updo is sure to have you out the door in an instant!

So if you’re weekends are jam-packed – and you’re looking for a hairstyle that won’t get in the way of your plans (but still look uber stylish!) – just throw up your hair into a high bun and you’re good to go. Credit: @zahrajamila

Editor’s tip: Whichever Marley twist style you decide to go for, be sure to protect your tresses with a leave-in conditioner spray, like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. This will help to keep your strands hydrated and leave them with a lustrous sheen.

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The Hun

short marley twists styles: the half up half down bun hairstyle as demonstrated by addictedto.ogThe half-up, half-down bun. Credit:

Can’t decide on the best way to wear your Marley twists? Then let us introduce you to your new BFF: the hun (AKA half-up, half-down bun), that’ll show off your tresses while also keeping your face in the spotlight!

This trendy yet ultra-casual ‘do is fitting for work, late-night drinks and beyond, and can be whipped up in a matter of seconds. Now you have no excuse not to look on trend this season! Credit: @ogcultured

Colourful Twists

side view of a woman with marley twists and a flash of blue colour in her hair We love this stunning pop of colour. Credit:

If you want to jazz up your Marley twists even more, then what better way to add a little ‘wow’ factor to your look than with a flash of colour!

We love how pretty the purple and aqua blue hues are, plus, by keeping the colour focused on just a few of the twists, you’ll have a fun look that’s not too loud. Credit: @yeyebynature

Side Sweep

two image of a woman with her hair in marley twists swept to one side Sweep your locks to one side for a flirty vibe. Credit:

If you want to give your Marley twists a sultry edge, then ask your stylist to work in a strong side parting, so that you can easily sweep your long tresses over to one side. We love how this simple twist can make this hairdo look achingly glam. Nailed it! Credit: @natural_elements_hair_studio

Jumbo Long Twists

Chrissy Ford with marley twists on the street at fashion week, wearing leopard print with sunglasses while walkingMarley twists have become a street style fave. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Keep things classic and wear your Marley twists long and free! We love this carefree look, that will also help protect your tresses in the colder months. And remember, if you’re ever bored of this look, simply choose one of the other styles to mix it up!


front view of a woman with her hair in pigtails and marley twists Try out your hair in pigtails for a totally adorable look. Credit:

When it comes to totally cute looks, you just can’t beat pigtails! A little bit old school and a whole lot stylish, your Marley twists will look so good swept up into two high ponytails on either side of your head. Not only does this look fab, but it will also keep your face free of twists, so it’s a great workout style of choice! Credit: @angelxbath

Multi-Tone Twists

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Want to get all eyes on you? Then try adding tones of caramel, blonde and coffee into your twists. The combination of different hues seamlessly works together to create a fantastic multi-tonal look, that we can’t help but love. After all, why commit to just one colour? Credit: @hairstylesbyashley

Twisted Updo

front view of a woman with her hair in marley twists in an up doWe’re loving this on-trend, super stylish ‘do. Credit:

Give your look a whole new edge by sweeping your locks up, twisting as you go. From the back, this should like a French twist, except once you reach the front, you’ll twist your hair on top of itself until you forms (an almost) double-donut.

We think you’ll agree, this style is super flattering and perfect for a more formal occasion! #slayallday. Credit: @fancy_claws

Half-Up, Half-Down

front view of a girl with marley twists in a half up half down styleThese Marley twists look fab in a half-up style Credit:

You really can’t go wrong with a half-up, half-down hairstyle and when you’re also rocking Marley twists, the look is suddenly so much more glam.

This is a soft and pretty look, and thanks to the deep side sweep, it gives this ‘do so much interest. This is a great one to try if you don’t want to spend too long doing your hair, but you want to gain some major style points. Credit: @amy_naomi

Marley Twists with Hair Accessories

Lupita Nyong'o with big marley twists with golden hair accessories wrapped around them on the red carpetMake your Marley twists look the part with some golden hair accessories. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Marley twists featuring golden hair accessories makes them look all the more beautiful, isn’t that right, Lupita Nyong’o?

Marley Hair with Curly Ends

Shot of Teyonah Paris with half-up marley twists styled with curly ends, wearing a purple dressGive your Marley twists extra edge with some curly ends. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Marley twist styles are great and all, but leaving your ends curly (as you would with curly box braids) like Teyonah Parris, instantly takes this ‘do to the next level.

Marley Twist Pony with Shaved Side

Keke Palmer's mohawk style is one of our favourite marley braid hair ideasReady to give your Marley twist extra edge? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Not afraid to give your Marley twists a unique, edgy feel? Why not team them with shaved sides? Just picture how cool it will look when you style them into a ponytail.

Caramel Marley Twists

Elaine Welteroth with long caramel marley twists, wearing glasses with print black top with roses on the red carpetWhat colour will you go for? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Whether you sport short Marley twist braids or long mermaid worthy ones, this caramel colour is everything. And, guess what? The colour inspo doesn’t have end here, because we’ve got 24 coloured braids you’ll also adore.

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