Monday, July 11, 2011
Doing It Herself
After Syd's last style came down, I decided to let her try doing a style on her own from beginning to end. I was right there with her for every step of the way, of course. We took down each section of the old style one at a time, and she braided each section about halfway down before moving on to the next section. By the time she finished, there were 8 sections of hair that were partially braided.
She washed her hair while it was in these braids. I made sure to stress the importance of extra rinsing to get all the shampoo out of the braids. She did a great job...there was no shampoo hiding in any of the braids.
Then we unbraided one section at a time, added some Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, and detangled.
Each section was then divided into 4 smaller sections, and each of those smaller sections was put into basic 2 strand twists.
I did help with the sectioning of the hair so that the twists would be approximately the same size. I also did a lot of the twisting in the back where Syd couldn't see what she was doing. But Syd did the twisting everywhere else. She did a great job taking her time and making sure the twists were done tightly.
The roots were fuzzier than when I do her hair, and the twists became fuzzy all over after only a couple of days, but she will improve with time. Overall, she did a wonderful job for her first attempt at styling solo. Well....almost solo. :)
One important lesson I stressed through this process was the art of keeping hair as tangle-free as possible when moving from one style to another. It just makes for a faster and much easier styling session.
Syd has also been learning to cornrow on my head. One of these days I'll post a picture of my own hair after a practice session. :)