18 chic marley twists styles that’ll make you swoon

Amra | 29 January 2019

Searching for marley twist styles? Look no further!


Looking for protective black hairstyles that feel fresh and fashion-forward? Well, why not give marley twists a try? You’d be among the hair elite, with A-list stars such as Brandy, Solange and Keke Palmer, all of who have coveted this style.

But if you still need more convincing, and fancy seeing how marley twist styles look on celebs and real ladies, we’ve got just the thing! Below, we’ve put together an unmissable gallery of marley twists (including short marley twist styles!) guaranteed to inspire your next ‘do.

18 amazing ways you can pull off marley twists


close up of vlogger curlbella with marley twists updo
Try your hand at the marley twist updo. Credit: Instagram.com/curlbellaa

1. The elegant chignon

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

image of infulener viyletsol with a high marley twist ponytail hairstyle
We love this marley twist ponytail… thoughts? Credit: Instagram.com/viyletsol

2. The casual ponytail

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

image of influencer garcia glam with large marley twists in a bob
Go bold with big marley twists in an asymmetric bob cut. Credit: Instagram.com/garcia.glam

3. Asymmetric bob cut

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 

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image of a woman with side swept marley twists with flowers and hair cuffs
Make you locks super glam with side-swept marley twists. Credit: Instagram.com/rafafranco2

4. Side-swept twists

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 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

front view of a woman with her hair in marley twists and cute space buns
You need to try out these cute marley space buns! Credit: Instagram.com/krissykakess

5. Marley space buns

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

front view of a woman with a high bun updo wearing sunglasses
Marley twist meets the bun updo – we love! Credit: Instagram.com/zahrajamila

6. The pineapple

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

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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.

short marley twists styles: the half up half down bun hairstyle as demonstrated by addictedto.og
The half-up, half-down bun. Credit: Instagram.com/addictedto.og

7. The hun

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: @addictedto.og

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: Instagram.com/yeyebynature

8. Colourful twists

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 keep the colour focused on just a few of the twists, you’ll have a fun look that’s not too loud. Credit: @yeyebynature

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: Instagram.com/natural_elements_hair_studio

9. The side sweep

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

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

10. Jumbo long twists

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: Instagram.com/angelxbath

11. Pigtails

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, it will also keep your face free of twists, so it’s a great workout style of choice! Credit: @angelxbath

front view of a woman with long marley twists with different colours
Mix colours for a striking look. Credit: Instagram.com/hairstylesbyashley

12. Multi-tone twists

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 work 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

front view of a woman with her hair in marley twists in an up do
We’re loving this on trend, super stylish ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/fancy_claws

13. Twisted up ‘do

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

front view of a girl with marley twists in a half up half down style
These marley twists look fab in a half up style Credit: Instagram.com/amy_naomi

14. Half up, half down

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

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

15. Marley twists with hair accessories

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

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

16. Marley hair with curly ends

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.

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

17. Marley twist pony with shaved side

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.

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

18. Caramel marley twists

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.