I created this style for my brother's wedding which took place last Saturday. I wanted to come up with an elegant updo style to go with my bridesmaid dress. It was a last minute style idea that I had been mulling over throughout the week. Considering the fact that it was also rainy weather the entire time I was in San Francisco and being focused on other people's hair, I had finally figured out what hairstyle I should wear--and not to mention, a style I had never tried before.
I don't know about you all, but when it comes to special occasions, I used to always be quick to think of where to buy my weave hair at because I sho' wasn't about to wear my own hair... what?? Of course I'm being sarcastic, but that's unfortunately the thought of many women, including some who are closest to me. I chose to ignore suggestions pointing to the need to wear a wig and decided to come up with a cute style that wouldn't take time away from having fun with family.
Having digressed... let me quickly explain the style:
- Washed the hair with conditioner.
- Rubbed a leave-in through the hair .
- Parted 1.5" sections and rubbed a shea butter based hair cream on each section.
- I flat twisted my hair in about 3 rows and curled the ends of the twists, either around itself like a bantu knot or on rollers.
- I two-strand twisted the top of my head from the crown of my head to my hairline in order to elongate my hair to create a bang effect.
- Rubbed styling foam over the completed flat twists.
- I sat under my soft bonnet dryer for almost an hour and a half. (The hair on rollers dried much faster than the hair rolled onto bantu knots.)
- Rubbed Jojoba oil (any light oil works for my hair) all over the hair.
- One by one, I carefully untwisted the twists from the ends to the roots.
- I held up the twists on the right side using pins to help create the waterfall effect of twists falling to the left.
The style took me a total of 3 hours: 1.5 hours to style, 1.5 hours under the dryer, + 40 minutes extra airdrying (my hair was really damp inside the bantu knots). Below are some photos I had snapped of my hair. Unfortunately, the professional wedding photos won't come out until later, so these will have to do for now. Since this was my first time trying this style, I definitely plan to try this style again with different products, probably using rollers on all of the twists and doing it at night to cut down on drying time in the morning. Let me know what you think!