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Monday, August 22, 2011

Simple Curly Cornrows For Back To School

Well, C goes back to school next Monday, so I've been trying to come up with some simple and quick hairstyles for those mornings when we don't have much time.
This is actually her style for the zoo tomorrow   :)
This style is by no means anything special, but I've missed seeing C's hair styled since I haven't done much with it this summer, so I thought I'd share it with you all anyway.

It was very simple and only took about 25 minutes to do.

We just washed C's hair, so it was already wet and moisturized with a leave in and some coconut oil.
I parted her hair in half, from ear to ear and sectioned off the back with a ponytail holder to keep it out of my way while I worked on the front.
I made an off centered part, just to make it a little more cute than just plain straight back braids.
Then I sectioned off the right side and did a few simple cornrows on the left side.  I used Taliah Waajid Lock-It-Up gel for hold.

When I started this style, I planned on alternating big and small cornrows.  It didn't work out that way because C's hair is thin in the front and she has some spots where the hair is too short to braid.
A lot of times I just go ahead and try to work the short hair into C's cornrows and as her hair dries, that short hair will poke out on it's own.  When ever I do that, I make extra sure not to pull the hair too tight so that I don't cause any breakage.
I have been trying to make sure that I keep the short hair out lately because it's so fragile and as I said, I don't want to cause any breakage.

You may or may not remember I did a post few months back saying I was starting to use Bee Mine growth serum.  I never did a follow up on that because I didn't like it, but I know I really should have done a follow up review either way.  Anyway, I'll do that a little later, but to make a long story short... C was allergic and it caused a lot of thinning.

I'm still never able to differentiate between baby hair and breakage in the front, so I'm not sure if the short hair is baby hair that's growing out or not.  What I do with the long hair is I twist it up into a little curl.  That way it looks more like baby hair, at least to me.  I like to use the Lock-It-Up gel for this because it has GREAT hold and gives amazing definition! 
One thing I notice is that when I do cornrow C's hair straight back, the shorter hair is more uniform than when I use a slanted or off centered part.  That is because all along her hairline is short baby/broken hair- I hope that makes sense.

So, I just did the same thing on the right side as the left, only I braided the cornrows going downward instead of toward the back/center of C's head.

This picture is a perfect example of what I was trying to explain. 
If you notice, there is a very small amount of hair on the outside of the first braid, along her hairline.  This is obviously baby hair, this is the only time I can tell!  :)
Her hair was still pretty damp, but the ends of the braids were mostly dry.  Look at those gorgeous curls! 
As I already mentioned, I used the Lock-It-Up gel for the cornrows, and then I also rubbed a small amount down the entire length of her hair for definition.
My plan was to do half-rows and then use a few barrette beads as a simple way to add color to the ends of each braid.  I changed my mind when I saw how beautiful her ends turned out and I thought about doing some box braids in the back.  I decided against that because I don't really like the way box braids look on C, and also I wanted this to be simple and quick!

Her shirt has a rainbow zebra  :)

I put the back section of her hair into some big braids for a simple braid out in the morning, and I put her bonnet on right away so that she could relax the rest of the night.
Even though this is very basic, I like this style because it combines my two favorite looks for C- Cornrows and curls!
I wasn't looking forward to doing C's hair even though I wanted it styled.  The reason for that is I figured my hands would be sore since I went so long without doing any styles, but I also wanted to do some new posts.  I'm glad I decided to, because my hands aren't nearly as sore as I thought they would be and now we can get to the zoo bright and early tomorrow morning without having to do much with C's hair!  Yay!  :)

Also, there's still time to enter our Back To School Giveaway!  :)


  1. I love that little baby curl on the side with the cornrows going back. This is a really cute style!

  2. Very cute first day hairstyle and love the shirt!

  3. She is so beautiful! Love the style, great job mom!


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