JJ's last style (cornrows and box braids) stayed in longer than expected due to other life events, so her hair has had a bit of a styling break. A good thing, but I was eager to take on something ambitious this weekend.
I started with clean hair, slightly stretched from a night in banded ponytails. The complete style evolved over a few hair sessions over the weekend. This is how I did it:
1. Starting at the back, I gathered a small section of hair, spritzed with water and a little detangler, and finger detangled (her hair was thoroughly detangled before putting the banded ponytails in so this wasn't difficult). I made two-strand twists that were smaller than usual - about 1/2 cm in diameter (about 1/5 inch). I continued, 1 small section at a time until the back was done. There were about 75 total twists in the back. I used a lovely shea/aloe/coconut oil mix that I made using a recipe from Naturally Leslie (see this post.)
2. I thought about continuing with regular two strand twists for the front of her hair but:
a) I wanted her hair to be out of her face without needing barrettes or elastics, and
b) I'm a little artsy and felt like departing from straight parts.
So I did curved flat two-strand twists kind of all over the place with my main goal being to keep her hair out of her face.
|Started the flat twists at the front, but took a |
break by adding in a knotted ponytail
|Later continuing the flat twists in the front |
(same PJs, different day)
|Look! JJ's dressed!!|
(but see PJs in background?)
|Later in the week -pigtails|
|The flat twists are getting pretty fuzzy (day 4).|
|Tools: water, detangler, comb, shea/aloe/coconut oil mix (see link, above)|