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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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