I am back to give an update on how I wore my hair for New Year's Eve. In mylast post, I informed you guys that I would be attempting WwestNDNbeautyy's version of a Braid 'N Curl. Well....the results were....interesting. Here is how I went about doing the style:
My wash day regimen went like this: (Note: I always do these steps in about 12-15 twists)
- 30-Min Prepoo/Detangle - Olive/Coconut Oil/V05 Moisture Milks Conditioner (50/25/25 mix)
- 5-Min Condition - Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner
- 45-Min Deep Condition - Olive/Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque, Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee (50/10/20/20 mix)
Step #1: Undo a twist
Step #2: Moisturize/lightly detangle with Kinky Curly Knot Today.
Step #3: Apply dime-sized amount of sweet almond oil to section.
Step #4: Apply quarter-sized amount of Darcy's Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme
Step #5: Smooth product onto section with Denman Brush.
Step #6: Split section into two. Take one section, braid it, while leaving about an inch of hair loose towards the bottom.
Step #7: Take loose section and wrap it around a medium-sized perm rod. Repeat with remaining section.
Step #8: Repeat Steps #1-7 with the remainder of my hair.
I was left with something like this.
|Notice how I tended to roll the entire section of hair onto the perm rod (for later reference....LOL!)|
This process took about 3-4 hours (Sad, I know - I'm speed styling deficient). I slept on this hair to ensure that the set was dry. Also, in the morning, I sat under the dryer on low heat for about 30 minutes. (I had spent too long on this style for it to be a bust from not being dry!) Afterwards, I undid the twists and was left with the finished style!
|Check out my natural brown highlights! \*-*/|
|Peep my Ciroc Party Hat - AYYYYEEEE! lol|
Moving on.....HOWEVER, the results of Day 2 (sorry, no pics!) - after sleeping on the style with a silk bonnet (my hair is really too short of her nighttime maintenance of the style) - were DISASTROUS. I woke up to something that looked like a kinky-haired troll doll that had been abandoned for years. It looked SO bad, that I came home and re-styled my hair into twists, circa:
I've been contemplating what went so horribly wrong with the hold on this style and I came up with several possible reasons:
- My sections were too big - Next time I will try smaller sections to aid in definition.
- I didn't use the right products - She actually used a setting lotion product (Lotta Body), whereas I had just used the same ole products that I use for a braid/twist out (leave-in, oil, butter).
- I should FOLLOW DIRECTIONS (lol) - I rolled my perm rod up the entirety of the sections, whereas she only rolled it up the loose hair. Hmmph, I thought it would turn out cute!
- Perhaps this style is only for longer lengths of hair - for maintenance purposes. Shorter hairstyles sometimes can be difficult to style overnight, especially for styles