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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Black And Neon Style- Transformed

Last night I finished C's hairstyle by turning the crown braid into 6 cornrows.

I was really happy with C's hair this morning.  She had almost no frizzies at all, and her hair was still looking fresh and moisturized.
Before school, a woman thought her hair looked neat- which was a nice compliment to me until she decided she wanted to rub her hands through it and push the beads up to see how they were put on : /
Then C was playing with her hair trying to put all the hanging braids into a ponytail, and that caused some frizzing too.

I left it up to C to decide if she would get her hair taken down tomorrow morning (so she could wear the braid out to school) or if she wanted to deal with the frizz until Monday.  We decided together that the beads will come out in the morning and the hanging braids will be put into a ponytail.  We don't have any special plans this weekend, so I'll just let her hair frizz on and she can wear the braid out on Monday!  :)

So how do you like this style?  How frizzy do you let your/ your child's hair get before you redo it?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Black And Neon Style

Well, this is actually a 3 day style...   On Monday, I did 5 big ponytails.  This was a super cute look for C!  She was wearing all black and neon.  The color is a little washed out, because I'm back to having to take all my pictures with my phone again :(

This was just a very simple style that gave me a way to incorporate each color from C's outfit into her hair style for the day.

I parted C's hair at an off centered slant from the front of her head (above her left eye) to just under her right ear.  I tied this section off into a ponytail, added a lime green ballie and braided the hair into 2 braids.
*In each ponytail I did 2 braids- one was ended with a black barrette, and the other with a barrette matching each ballie.
I divided the left over hair in back into 4 sections and once again made 2 braids from each ponytail.
Very simple! :)

For this style, I wet C's hair with plain water, then I added some coconut oil to her hair and scalp.  I used a generous amount of Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel on each ponytail and braid.  There was virtually no detangling for this style because C's hair was in a braid overnight.
This style took 10-15 minutes to do.
Since this was just meant to be a 1 day style, I didn't worry too much about making each ponytail even.

Check out my next post to see how I changed this style up for days 2 and 3!  :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Braided Pigtails With Curls

Well, I wasn't even going to share this style because it's just so simple but once I was done with it, I thought it looked too cute not to show it!  I like this style because it's simple, and it also shows off C's curls (which is my favorite look) and it also shows a little bit of skill since I added 2 small cornrows- and it was nice and neat yesterday morning!

C asked for this style!  :)
She said she wanted a braid on each side in the front and then pigtails with a bunch of braids, so that's just what I did!

I didn't like the way the little cornrows looked just hanging there, and since I've been trying to put as little stress on the hairline as possible, I didn't want to add any beads or barrettes.  I decided to just add them to the ponytails, which I think looks pretty cute.

Front View

Here's the side/back view. It looked really pretty in person! C's curls were moisturized and well defined at the ends of the braids and I just loved it!
I used Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel (it's becoming our regular product)
I simply parted C's hair straight back into 2 sections, and tied them off into loose temporary ponytails.  Then, I parted all of C's short baby hair in front and put it into a loose cornrow on each side.
After I was finished with the cornrows, I added extra gel to the ends of them, and to the edges of each ponytail in back.  I grabbed the cornrows and added them, and then I just simple braided about 8-10 braids into each ponytail.  I stopped braiding about an inch or so from the ends, so that C's curls could still be shown. :)

I think the back view is so cute :)

I did this style yesterday morning, and it only took about 20 minutes to do.  I kept this style for today and just re-tightened the ponytails, then added some ballies to match her outfie for today.  It still looked presentable, but it definetly has to come out tonight.

*I'll be doing a post later to explain why I've been doing such simple styles lately (besides not having much time for hairstyling!)  And also maybe I'll do something special tonight since I have a simple dinner planned and I'll be home most of the evening! :)  So please check back tomorrow!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Random Parted Ponies With Curls And Braids

Kind of a long title, but if you read my blog often, you already know I'm terrible at naming my posts! :)
Haha, oh well it explains it enough I'd say!

Anyway...  This style is nothing new or too exciting, but it's another one of my favorites for a busy school morning.  I did this on C's hair on Thursday, and then Friday I braided the rest of the ponytails.

This style took 30 minutes to do.  Since I found Taliah Waajid at a local beauty supply store, I'm going to be using a lot of that!  I don't like the idea of ordering through mail and I hate the idea of waiting!  I like to know that I can find what I need when I need it, and if I run out, I don't have to wait a week or more for new products to come.  It's also much cheaper when you can just go buy it in the store!  :)

So, for this style I used Taliah Waajid Lock It Up gel- this is one of my favorite products!  I used a regular rat tail comb for parting, and some Goody brand Ouchless ponytail holders, then I added some cute accessories and we were finished.

Since we didn't have a whole lot of time for braiding, I decided to leave some of the ponytails curly.  These pictures were taken at the end of the day on Thursday and it was rainy (again) so her hair was a little frizzed out. 

We're still trying to come up with something more exciting, but I do like the random styles a lot.  It takes a lot less time when you don't have to make sure both sides are alike and even!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

2 French Braids Into 1 Simple Braid

I couldn't decide what to do with C's hair this morning.  It's supposed to rain all day, so I knew whatever I did her hair was going to be frizzy by the end of the day and I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it.
I've been trying to do more protective styles, especially for the front part of C's hair, so today I decided to go with this simple style...

(Sorry for the dark pictures- as I said it's a rainy day!)

I parted C's hair from ear to ear about 2 inches back (to about where her ears start) and then I did a slightly slanted part in the center of her head to make 2 separate sections in front.  Then I made a simple protective french braid on each side. 

I braided the protective braids into the big simple braid in back.

And here's the front view.  You can't really see where the part is because of the bad lighting, and the fact that we were short on time made me not even think of having C put her head down! 

For this style, I used some Taliah Waajid gel and a rat tail comb.  I wet her hair with some water and a little coconut oil, then I added the gel around the part lines and through the hair in back to help the shorter hairs stay in a little better.

I added a pretty matching bow to C's hair and we were done!  The whole style only took us about 15 minutes to do, so it's a perfect choice for a zero time morning!  :)
 *I really am trying to be more creative!  Hopefully something will come to mind soon! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pigtails And Slanted Part Pony Tails

This style didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to but I still like it.  I started it yesterday and then I finished it up tonight.

Her hair really did look better in person...
This is how I planned on styling C's hair, only I wanted to braid the hair coming out of the ponytails in front.  I also planned on adding beads.  I didn't get the chance to start this style until after C had her dinner and bath, and by that time we didn't have much time until bed time!  So, what I was going to do is make all the braids in back, and then this morning I was going to add beads.  Well, for some reason my alarm didn't go off and we only had 10 minutes to work with C's hair!  So this is how she wore her hair today.

This style took me around an hour or so to do, and whenever I do styles with lots of braids and /or ponytails, I take extra time to make sure C's hair is well moisturized so that the style will last as long as possible.

This is a pretty easy style to follow.  Here's what I did...
As always, I detangled C's hair first.
Her hair was already parted from ear to ear, so I kept that part.  I took out the braided headband and tied the hair up into a ponytail to keep it out of my way.

 I know this is a poor diagram!  :)  But it makes it easier to explain what I did this way.
First I made the parts in blue.  I just made straight diagonal parts from the top to the bottom of C's hair.
Then I parted straight across, making sort of diamond shaped ponytails.
I tied each section off with a rubber band and braided it.  Very simple.

C's shirt had a little rhinestone butterfly on it, so we used some butterfly ballies to match.
And don't you just love her glasses?! :)

This was taken at the end of the day, because as I said, we had no time for pictures this morning!
By the time I took this picture, C's hair was starting to frizz up pretty bad.  The ponytails were extra loose because I don't want to pull the hair along her hairline too tight and cause breakage.  As you can see, her hair was trying real hard to curl up and get out of the ponytail.

Styles never last very long in C's hair. No matter what the style, and no matter what products we use, we never get more than 3 or 4 days out of anything- and 4 is pushing it!
C's hair is always very thirsty and even sleeping with a satin bonnet, her ponytails come loose and slip down over night, plus her hair frizzes a lot.
I decided to get at least one more day out of this style, and I re moisturized and added beads.

*The buns in front aren't staying that way for tomorrow, I'm going to make them neater in the morning.

I rubbed some coconut oil into C's scalp, then I wet her braids for moisture and added coconut oil (to seal it in) and some gel (to lay all the frizzies down)
Then I added some beads.

Here's a close-up picture of C's braids after just one day.  Her hair pokes out of her braids trying to curl up and I can't keep it down no matter what I do!  We've tried everything but her hair just seems moisture resistant.  :(  
It's basically pointless to try and moisturize after the first day, because it ends up making her hair look worse.  That makes us have to start over almost everyday, which is most likely causing extra damage.

If you have any tips for moisture retention, I'd love to hear from you!...

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