This style evolved from a previous style (see more here, at Making the Most of a Hairstyle). JJ had a few braids at the front, and some cornrows at the back that still looked decent - even after 3 weeks - so I wanted to incorporate them into this style.
I started with still-decent-looking braids at the front (bangs) and back (under the puff):
I undid the bottom row of braids, and undid the braided ends of the cornrows.
Then I cornrowed the sides up & towards the back. I secured each section in the middle of JJ's head with an orange ouchlesss band, and twisted the ends.
I added Halloweeny-colored beads to the bangs. JJ loves to whip her hair.
I also twisted the twists and tucked all the ends in. JJ's hair is long enough that I didn't need to use pins.
Finally, for school and for eating and drinking, I tucked the long, beaded bangs into the twists. This helped to keep the braids clean (e.g., out of her food!!) and helped keep her classmates safe. Did I mention she likes to whip her hair?
This style lasted another 2 weeks!! And got tons of compliments too!!
Yes, I am patting myself on the back - almost exactly one year ago I wrote my very first blog post!! I have learned sooooo much since then!
Thanks to all of you who have inspired me, and to all of you who have stopped by over the past year to take a peek at my hair-raising adventures!