This week's style is inspired by Mama Holli (hi Holli!), and her daughter A's hair that she wore last week. Mama Holli didn't do the style herself, but she certainly could have. In fact, if you walk away with anything from this post hopefully it will be with the confidence that you can master this very simple, yet very cute "do."
If you've been following the styles of the weeks prior you'll notice that I'm always changing the part lines on Boo's head. This is because I never really want to use the same parts over again, thus minimizing breakage on the part line. This week I'll just be parting her hair down the middle from front to back, just like as if I were going to put in two puffs on each side of her head.
After the initial part is made, then I "boxed" each side of her head into sections. I really did all of the parts last night after detangling, so I was ready to style this morning.
The first thing I did was put a ponytail in the front two boxes.
The key is to make sure that they are placed in the same place on each side of the head. They will be the starting point for the braidline that will follow all the way across the back of the head and then down.
When doing a style, I always like to work the styling gel through the hair with a natural bristle brush. In this style I used Carol's Daughter Loc Butter, applying it to the edges of the parts all around the part,
and then brush it through the hair with the brush, just to make sure that the product gets through to all of the hairs. The Loc Butter will be helpful when I get to the braiding part and it's easiest for me to get worked into the hair before I put the ponytail in.
Then I braided each ponytail, but only so far as necessary...
...because after repeating the step on the next box, I took the braid from the first box and banded it to the ponytail in the second box, thus creating another ponytail that is combination of the braided hair from the first box and the new hair from the second box. This is what's called a "piggyback braid" (and also the basic concept behind the veil style).
I just continued piggyback braids down the back of the head on each side and finished them off at the bottom with a clip. I added adornments at each ponytail to hide the look of the rubber band, but this certainly isn't necessary.
Another option for this style is to have both braids meet in the back into a single ponytail and then add a large clip or bow. Either way, it's a really easy style that will allow you to practice parting hair, but without the knowledge of french braids or cornrows. Hence, the "faux french braid."
Also, if you are "french-braid-challenged," this is an excellent style to try on all hair types. It's a similar look and something that will wear well on both chocolate or vanilla hair.