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
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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 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.
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.
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.
Channelling your inner redhead will be easy with red Marley 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!
Take your look to the next level by getting these chunky twists. Word of warning: bigger sized twists will require more maintenance.
If you prefer smaller sizes, these flattering Marley twists are destined for your mane.
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
The Arianna Grande of Marley twists, this half-up, half-down ponytail is hair goals.
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
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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
Medium hair lengths have become the hottest cut thanks to a-list stars like Jennifer Lopez and Gabrielle Union.
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Adding accent colours is a great way to add some fun to Marley twists. Which colour will you choose?
Try your hand at the Marley twist updo. Credit: Instagram.com/curlbellaa
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
We love this Marley twist ponytail… thoughts? Credit: Instagram.com/viyletsol
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
Go bold with big Marley twists in an asymmetric bob cut. Credit: Instagram.com/garcia.glam
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.
Make you locks super glam with side-swept Marley twists. Credit: Instagram.com/rafafranco2
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
You need to try out these cute Marley space buns! Credit: Instagram.com/krissykakess
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
Marley twist meets the bun updo – we love! Credit: Instagram.com/zahrajamila
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.
The half-up, half-down bun. Credit: Instagram.com/ogcultured
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
We love this stunning pop of colour. Credit: Instagram.com/yeyebynature
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
Sweep your locks to one side for a flirty vibe. Credit: Instagram.com/natural_elements_hair_studio
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
Marley 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!
Try out your hair in pigtails for a totally adorable look. Credit: Instagram.com/angelxbath
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
Mix colours for a striking look. Credit: Instagram.com/hairstylesbyashley
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
We’re loving this on-trend, super stylish ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/fancy_claws
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
These Marley twists look fab in a half-up style Credit: Instagram.com/amy_naomi
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
Make 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
Give 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
Ready 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
What 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.