By Amber of Luv My Kynxx

With Summer approaching more Naturalistas are planning on their upcoming long term protective style. Here in Dallas, TX the heat gets sweltering and keeping my hair protected is a must. About a year ago I was contacted on Facebook by a company called Fingercomber, inviting me to their business page to support and view their new line of extensions. I am so glad they did. FingerComber carries a line of hair that includes very natural, true to Afro-texture synthetic hair that can be purchased on a weft for a sew-weave style, wig for full hair protection, or in bulk for the most famous style created by FingerComber, the Havana Twists. It was love at first sight. After viewing their Havana Twist install video I knew I had to try it. I broke out my mannequin and after a few tries, I was looking forward to having my first Havana Twist client.

This is what the hair looks like when it arrives.  My client ordered her hair in advance and stated she received it in 5 days. Not bad! Let me also point out Havana Twist Hair is NOT Marley Hair that is commonly used as extension hair for kinky twists.  This hair comes in very thick, ready-to-use, separated strips that make installing it easy to manage.  I am very choosy about the type of hair I will work with because not all extension hair has the same quality.  The colors in the photo above are Chestnut Black and Sangria which is the color outside of the plastic bags.

I used a small amout of product (Taliah Wajjid Tight Hold) at the base of each twist for a clean finish.
Bra-Strap Length Havana Twists I used 3 and 3/4 packs of hair…for the ends I used aluminum foil cut into 4/1-1/2 inch strips and rolled the ends in an upward motion about  inches up each twists, followed by dipping them individually in boiling hot water for a few seconds and allowed them to cool before removing the foil roller.Very small, thin, perm rods would also work well on curling the ends of Havana Twists.

As you can see, the Havana Twists are not started using the braid first then twist method.  I start each twist, with two strand twisting for a more natural look at the root of each twist.

Fingercomber Havana Twist hair gets 2 BIG thumbs up!!! Good quality, good price, long lasting, and re-usable…get’s no better than that!

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Beautiful! Ladies, have you tried Havana twists? Do you plan to try them this summer?

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Can I buy this hair in purple?


I love FC Hair, but it’s too expensive! $12.99/pack! Say whaaaat??? ????????????????????????


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How long did it take for your havanna hair to come in the mail?

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I WANT!!!! Who does this in the Oakland area?


I do the MarleyTwists/Havana Twists. I’m located in Berkeley CA you can text me at 510-285-7042. My name is Dee. This is in response to M’kali-Hashiki’s posts. You can see some of my work on my instagram page @goldenbraider


Gurl, trust me you can diy! I never knew how to braid, twist, cornroll. None of it. I watch videos on ytube over and over again, now I have people asking me who does my hair! I only wair Marley Braids thou.

Jessandra Hough

How many strips were used for each havana twist? I like that size and I want to do havana twists in my hair, but I’m not sure how much hair to order. Also were there a consistent amount of strips in each pack?


Does anyone in GA or alabama do havana twists? I love the style


Finger Comber hair is more expensive, but let me tell you, I have tried just about every brand of kinky hair out there ,and Finger comber hais is amazing and worth it if you love your hair.
1) it is soffffffft!
2) it is liiiiiight!
3) it is REusable which makes it cheaper OVERall
4) it acutally responds to and holds moisture.

My hair isn’t weighed down, scratched and roughed up by, or dried out by this hair. I will never use marley braid or naffy hair EVA again



Erm no it’s not soft actually. I have used it a number of times and just took it out of my hair last week. It looks soft but most definitely does not feel soft.


Do you think you can install havana twists with crochet braids method?


SiSi, I saw the crochet method on youtube. That’s the way I’m going to do them because I cannot seem to get the install method down and I’m getting impatient but I refuse to pay someone when I know eventually I’ll be able to do it myself. This is the one I saw and will try here soon.

Don’t know if anyone else had the same porblem but havanas hair is tough! Used it to increase the size of my bun until I had time to put in twists. Blended seemlessly even fooled people who’ve seen my natural hair (4C) and fullness. I also have a real issue matching luster of extensions to my natural low luster hair. Not a problem here! This hair can get as dull or shiny, within reason, as u want it. I was very impressed! It’s a lot more coarser than other Marley type hairs but somehow I liked it better. The only… Read more »
Regina s

Fingercomber hair is high just bought some other brands same texture 7.99 a pack


I installed mine over the weekend and I must say that I’m madly in love with them. It took me a few hours to understand the invisible root method, but once I was able to get it right, it was smooth sailing. I only did maybe 43 twists and it’s so light. This is my go to hairstyle in the summer from now on.


Love! I have already tried them with marley hair and they were wearable (in a bun only, lol). I am going to try them again tho. Hopefully more successful second time around.
For those who don’t like the twist method because of the hold, i was the same way. Check out blackonyx’s installation on YT. She does an invisible root method that is a bit more secure, in my opinion.


This looks great! Is this a style suitable for pools and beaches? I would love to do this for my upcoming travels.


I am going to atlantic city this weekend and surely will be rocking my twists lol so you should be fine. Maybe put them up in a bun?


Wow, that looks so real at the root; usually I count weave out because I don’t like to be able to tell it’s a weave at the root, but that’s almost legit, man. Something that I would totally consider trying at some point.


I would love to have this done this month, I am in Los Angeles,CA anyone know any salons or hairdressers/persons I can contact to have this done? thank you in advance 🙂


You people love fake hair


Your Point…?


maybe she has never heard of protective styling?


You people?


“your” people don’t wear fake hair and extensions too? what planet are you on? cos it sure ain’t Earth.


if one has type 4c hair, can you install the havana twists without smoothing the roots or straightening? can you have kinky roots and edges to have the havana twists?


I have type 4 hair and all I do is make sure my hair is detangled and then moisturized with cantu shea butter leave in, no issues with my hair popping out of the twist that way. Ive done these 3 times in the last few months. I add the leave in on each section rightb before I’m about to twist. Good luck!


I have what could be considered 4C hair at my edges. When I put in Havana Twists, I spray my aloe spritz (3 parts water to 2 parts Lily of the Desert Aloe Jelly to 1 part glycerin) on the section of hair to be twisted and then detangle with Vatika oil. I then seal with shea butter. By doing this, my twists don’t get fuzzy until about week 3 🙂

I put in my first set yesterday! It is amazing to me how light they are, and how well my hair seems to be staying moisturized with them! for better than yarn braids (though I still got love for the yarn). Something that really surprised me when installing my twists was how LITTLE hair I used to get a super chunky full set of nipple length (not to be vulgar) twists. I have 35 twists on my head and I only used 2 sections/tufts of havana hair and only 1.5 packs. Probably more like 1.3. I was a little confused… Read more »

Anyone know someone who does havana twists in the Chicago area? I need some ASAP lol

Ky Michael

“donedo05” on Youtube does ’em in the Chicago area.
Check out her ‘Havana Marley Twists Tutorial’..
She provides an email address to contact her at.


Hi there is a girl in chicago on youtube who does them, her email is and here is her havana twist tutorial 🙂


Ive tried (and failed) this style many times before when starting off with two strand twists; for some reason I can never get it tight enough without braiding first. None of the people I know know how to, and I’m put off going to a hairdressers to get it done (money, previous experience…)

These came out great, and just look gorgeous, and has fueled my motivation in trying again!


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I did a set of BSL Havana Twists with marley hair and I loved them. One misconception people have are that they’re heavy, but they’re one of the lightest styles I’ve ever encountered! I’m thinking of doing them again next month. The pic was of my “rockabilly hair” lol
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Gena Love

I honestly believe thinner twists would have looked better. Or if the twists looked like the girl in the pic. The pic is sooo much prettier.


I’m hoping to get long, thin twists for the summer, but this is a style I’d definitely like to learn to do myself.

My first set of Havana twists, which I had done in a salon, where done with Finger Comber hair. Since then I’ve been installing them myself with marley hair, coming out the individual marley strands gives them a texture similar to Finger Comber hair. But I plan on buying Finger Comber hair again at some point to get an even more authentic look. I may try that foil sealing method with my next marley install though. I’ve been looking for a better way to do that. The last time I used large flexi rods and it didn’t turn out quite… Read more »

Yes, I did them myself and I love them! There are many different ways to install and I tried all of them! LOL! I like the installation method here but I like a different type near the front. So far so good! Also, I used Marley Hair. Next time I will use the hair from finger comber.
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Gena Love

I really think this could have been better. Perhaps if they were smaller or twisted neater or twisted closer to the scalp. They could have been prettier. Maybe if you went to a PROFESSIONAL. DIY is not for everyone, naturals should give black salon owners a chance


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