Versatility of Locs: Marley Hair Extensions

Lately I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair and since I’ve stopped coloring it I had to think of something creative. So I decided to give Crochet Braids a try with Marley Hair.

For the video tutorial, check out this post, “Crochet Marley Hair over Locs Tutorial“. If you prefer a visual pictorial, keep on reading 🙂

First I created 5 cornrows with my baby locs, which are barely long enough to stay braided. I did the cornrows wet after I shampooed and retwisted my locs. I felt that this would allow them to stay in better because they would dry in place.

After my hair was dry, I simply used a crochet hook and installed the Marley Hair onto my cornrows. I used about 2.5 packs, which was too much, I think I could have successfully used no more than 2 packs (lesson learned for the next time). The entire installation took me about 2 hours with breaks, so probably about an hour and a half total.

The finished look was a head full of textured hair! Little did I realize it was a heat wave in Maryland, lol so all that hair was kind of a lot.

To tame all the hair, I put in about 12 chunky twists and then tied them back or up out of my face.

Another Stylist at Aveda, whom I adore, wanted to try an updo style on me and of course I let her! She did the updo from the chunky twists and created a funky faux hawk!

To maintain this style I moisturize my locs with Jane Carter Solutions Moisture Mist and sleep with a bonnet on my head, leaving the ends out.

This simple and easy style is protective of my locs because of the low manipulation and very versatile because I can wear it loose, twisted, up, down or however I want! After a few days of fun, I miss my locs but I’ll definitely revisit this style again, maybe try a whole head of Marley Twists after the install next!

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Trying this as soon as possible. I have a problem with fly away loose hair so this should help.

I would’ve loved to see the texture of the hair after you took out those twists! This is such a good idea!

Sorry, I made the above comment before I watch the video hehe!

Hello, what brand of marley hair did you use, and did you divide into smaller pieces prior to crocheting to your hair? Thanks!

This is amazing… I’d love to try this on my locs next winter!

This looks fantastic! I can’t want to try this with my hair 🙂

Would you be able to show the install to the back?,please and thanks!

Take a look at the tutorial video,, to see the braiding pattern that I used.

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