Havana twists have offered natural women a fresh take on hair twists, but before you fork over the not-so-tiny amount of cash for new extensions, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting.
Havana hair twists are similar to Marley hair twists, but they have a different look, feel, and cost. For an extension expert take, I reached out to Houston-based natural hair stylist Tabitha Lowery to distinguish the features of both and dole out some tress tips so you arrive at the salon prepared. Use this guide to help you decide which one's perfect for you!
Havana Hair Twists:
Marley Hair Twists:
Both Havana and Marley hair twists typically cost between $100-$160 for installation, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
Ultimately when selecting the twist type for your tresses, Lowery says to choose the one you can easily live with. While she says Marley hair twists are the most popular due to their affordability and accessibility, she considers Havana hair twists the better investment because of its practicality and overall look. However, in her impatience to wait two weeks for Havana hair, Lowery ended up opting for Marley twists for herself (shown in photo).
Invisible Twist Installation
Make sure your stylist employs the Invisible Twist method when twisting your hair and does not braid the hair first. This means folding a strand of Havana or Marley hair in half, placing the midpoint on your scalp between two strands of your natural hair, and twisting the two strands together, folding one strand over and pulling the twist taut, all the way until the last of the strands. This makes the natural hair blend into the extension and looks completely natural. It also prevents the twists from looking messy once your hair starts growing out again. This video demonstrates the Invisible Twist method and it's easy to follow.