Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reader inspired style: 'cornrowed side ponies with fauxhawk bottom'

This style was inspired by a hairstyle that a reader did on her daughter's hair. She was inspired by this style I did on Li'l Bit, and I was inspired by her style. :)

I think I would call this a 'cornrowed side ponies with fauxhawk bottom' style. (whew! These hairstyle names can get kindof wordy, huh?!) The style that inspired me was done with beads, but I decided to make it a little more of a protective style for Li'l Bit's head, so I eliminated the beads, and rolled the braids into mini Bantu knots to hide and protect the ends. I secured the bantu knots with bobby pins, I am going to look for some mini ones today so they don't show as much.

Products used:
Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer as a leave-in.
Its Perfectly Natural's Coil Glaze for hold. (This stuff is the bizness. If you haven't tried it, I suggest you do!)
Bobby Pins
That's all!

I think the style is pretty self explanatory, but a few pointers I think are useful when trying this style:
  • For the top half to end up ponytailable, the trick is in the parting. Start your parts off wide and narrow them toward a focal point. They should all meet at this point. That way, you can pony it up....or Bantu knot it, like we did this time. :)
  • The braids in the fauxhawk do not lie directly across from each other. I was trying to figure out how to explain how I arranged them, but I thought it would be easier to just show you:
Or something like that. I think you get the idea. The reason I made them diagonal like that is because  I think it is easier to twist the braids into bantu knots when they on top of each other versus being side by side.  I just took 2 braids at a time and bantu knotted them, adding pins for hold because Li'l Bit's hair is so short it would have just unravelled right away.

I love this style, and Li'l Bit did too. Especially when she stuck a huge purple flower clip on top of her head. Sadly, no pictures of that. But you can probably imagine that it looked.....very unique. :)

I hope you enjoyed reading this. This hairstyle was inspired by a picture that a reader posted on our Facebook wall. We love imitating styles, and putting our own spin on them. If you have a style that you would like to share, send us an email, or post it to our wall. We love hearing from you!

1 comment:

  1. I love this style it looks so cute. I was messing with bantu knots on my daughters hair last night only playing not styling so this style would be great to try and your diagram isa great helper (",)


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