As is the case with Miss Nia, on a Sunday morning just before washing her hair, daughter informed me she wanted to try something different. All I could think was Oh, God! What does that mean? If chick says she wants me to shave her head bald because she thought long and hard and weighed the ramifications of this decision, I just might do it! I kid … I think.
The drama on my part was entirely unnecessary. Daughter’s ‘different’ was a variation of combining two hairstyles into one — cornrows in the front and defined curls at the back. Sounds cute. I’m game, so why not.
The style is simple and fairly easy to achieve. The number of cornrows, the pattern or intricate design is wholly up to you. I opted for smaller straight back braids, hoping for two, three weeks max with this style. I began with a clean head of conditioned and detangled hair parted from ear to ear, twisting the back and securing with a scrunchie in a low bun so I could braid the front. By the time the front was completed, the back of her head was damp.
Starting at the nape of her neck, I parted smaller workable sections for seriously defined curls. Spritzed with water, checked for tangles by finger combing then brushed the small section with the Denman brush. Next I applied a dollop of gel and smoothed through using either two fingers (scissor technique) or my palms to evenly distribute the gel to the section. The curl definition was a thing of beauty. That small section done, I sent mini-me running to the bathroom to take a look at her defined curls. Chick was in heaven! The process of defining her curls took just as long, if not longer than braiding the front.
At night, daughter wore a satin head scarf and each morning, she’d lightly mist her hair with lavender scented water and gently shake her head. As the days passed, her curls became fuller, a bit frizzier and added more volume to her already thick hair, which (get this) she did not, I repeat did not complain about. We’ve made some serious progress! And it has been duly noted!
Must say, I enjoyed the results just as much mini-me. This style is a definite keeper to which the Qoileez! would be a great addition.
- ACV Rinse
- Egg & Mayo DC
- Aussie Moist Conditioner
- Mixed Oils (argan, avocado, sweet almond, castor, jojoba, olive and vitamin E)
- Coconut Oil
- Raw Shea Butter
- Eco-Styler Gel
- Denman Brush
- Wide Tooth Detangling Comb
- Rattail Comb for parting
- Hair Clips
- Hair Scrunchies
- Spray bottle filled w/ warm water and fresh lavender sprigs
*Photos were taken February 24, 2013*