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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cornrows into Ponytails - New Look with Pipe Cleaners!

At our house we try to get as much mileage out of a style as humanly possible, so I thought I'd follow up on my last post to show you how we stretched out JJ's last style; namely cornrows into pigtails, inspired by Rachelle Yakubu:

For those of you who wondered, JJ's t-shirt is Norwegian
(gifted from my Norwegian parents) 

After a few days of straight-ish bangs and ponytails, we decided to try the pipe cleaner method to curl up those braids. This was partly inspired by my recent adventures with Barbie boil perms and also inspired by Baby Big Hair posts on using pipe cleaners (this link is for Part III but be sure to also check out Part I and Part II).

So - we rolled those braids up before bed. It took about 7 minutes.

I rolled the "bang" braids by themselves, and rolled 2-4 braids together into one pipe cleaner for the ponytails.

The next morning we unrolled the pipecleaners (this took about 3 minutes).
Same style, new look!

I just **had** to throw this picture in the mix.

What do you think of the curly braids? JJ loved them, and they were really a quick and easy way to change up a protective style. And cheap as chips!! Just a dollar for a package of pipe cleaners. I've already styled 2 barbies plus JJ, and have lots left over!!


  1. haha love that last pic...such a cute style, love it!

  2. Ahh I love the new coils! And ADORE the last pic, awww! Lol!!

  3. So lovely! Absolutely adorable spiral curls--and brother is mean mugging already to keep all the boys away from his sister! lol

  4. Thanks everyone. I am really digging the spiral-y braids too.

    lol @ Nikki, yeah, THAT's what the face was about!! Silly me, I thought that was just K being grumpy. I like your take on it!!

  5. Love the idea of using pipe cleaners! Super cute and great idea!

  6. Thanks Dominique-Alexis! I'd love to see photos if you give it a try!!

  7. Love the last pic!!! And her curly braids are awesome! I wanna try it too!! I've been waiting and waiting to try curling her braids, but I thought Q's hair was still too short. Not this way they wouldn't be!! I gotta try it! :D Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. I've been wanting to try pipe cleaners. Her hair turned out great!! I love stretching styles!!

  9. i actually like it better this way, the curly braids look so cute!

  10. Thanks again everyone.

    Try it, try it!! It was really easy, with great results!