Over the weekend, JJ and I were looking through hairstyle photos on the Rachelle Yakubu Photography website. This amazingly talented photographer has a feature that we both adore - called Hairstyle Thursdays.
JJ put in a request for this hairstyle by Rachelle Yakubu, and I tried my best! (side note: we left out the beads - for now anyway)
We started with clean hair that has been loose and free in a 'fro for the day.
Her hair was well-hydrated thanks to a home-made shea butter/coconut oil/shea oil mix.
Just another reminder of JJ's non-shrunken length:
I started with some corn-rows into single braids, 'cuz JJ loves "bangs".
Then - it was bedtime! The next day, JJ wore her hair free in the back with the braided bangs.
At bed time, I banded the back of her hair for the night, to stretch it out. I typically use JJ's old tights (cut into strips) to band JJ's hair as they are really gentle and are very quick to put in.
I wanted to make a curved part for the ponytails, because I loved the "freestyle" look of Rachelle's original style.
|curved part for ponytails|
I also decided not to put the lower back hair into the ponytails. Instead I chose to braid these downwards. JJ likes to keep some length in the back. I've also found in the past that the skin at the nape of her neck is sensitive. Downward braids do not seem to irritate her skin like upward braids have in the past.
|ready for bed!|
In the back I did one layer of cornrows into single braids, and added some single braids at the nape of her neck.
|Yes, the phone again - favorite hair time distraction!|
I pulled the back braids into a ponytail.
|See, phone is put away - she's reading a book! Yay!|
JJ loves her hair!!
Be sure to check out Rachelle Yakubu's Hairstyle Thursdays for some other beautiful styles and breathtaking photos!