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. :)


  1. Oh my...I bet that it's hard watching your "little" girl grow up. Not always having hair time together :-( but I bet it's also a relief to you because she'll be able to take care of her hair almost all by herself. I don't know what I'll do when my daughter no longer relies on me to do her hair...I'll have so much extra time on my hands!

    Syd--you did a great job! I can't wait to see the cornrows!

  2. She did such a great job! I wish I could convince my sis (around the same age as Syd) to learn to do her own hair or at least let me do something with it but she's just so content with letting it look a mess! Lol.

  3. so sweet =) i can see my own daughter standing in the mirror attempting it too. gave me happy/sad feelings lol.

    i think it's great you're helping her to learn now, that way when she's 20, she won't be so frustrated with her hair and tempted to relax it or cut it all off because she doesn't really know how to care for it.

    good mama points for you!

  4. Aww! Good for her! I remember when I started doing my own hair--I felt like such a grownup. :)

  5. I'm stuck in bed after getting my wisdom teeth removed so Bunny convinced me to let her co wash her box braids all by herself. I got to hand it to her, sounds like Syd and Bunny both did great jobs. Soon the little ones will be taking over all the blogging themselves!

  6. WOW she really did do a great job!!! YAY SYD shes such a mature young lady! What a great momma you are teaching her the right ways and taking your time to stress the importances to her :) God Bless you and your family!



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