We have decided to do free hair this week. Free hair means that Boo will be wearing her natural curls, free of braids, twists, cornrows, or puffs. I don't want to say that she has "no style" because, well, free hair is a style in and of itself! And a beautiful one at that!
We chose free hair as the style of week for two reasons. First, I wanted to test out a new product. On my trip to Los Angeles to pick up some conditioner, I found a curling custard that I wanted to try out. It's rare that I'm in a store with a wide variety of natural hair care products, so when I find myself in said situation my eyes are always peeled for anything new that might be worth trying out.
The second reason for free hair is the fact that we attended a birthday party this morning that started at 10am. That's early for a lot of people on Saturday mornings, and even earlier for people who normally set hair during the wee hours of the weekend. So I wanted something that would be relatively quick and easy to put in.
ShinglingI did plait the hair last night by putting it into twists like i normally do, but I didn't pay any attention to parts. The curling product suggested that the hair be extremely saturated with water before using, so I untwisted one twist at a time and then worked on one section of the twist. I wet the hair with a spray bottle, and then added the product to the ends and worked my way up to the roots.
As the product made it's way through the hair it became very easy to get the curls to form. For this, style I never once used a comb; I used my fingers to help separate the curls and rake through the hair. As you can see from the next photo, her curls formed nicely.
I just continued taking each twist, unraveling it, adding water and product, and raking through with my fingers. This method of moving through the hair, raking product through it layer by layer, is called "shingling."
It doesn't look like much, but I spent a great deal of time separating the curls and making sure there was enough product to keep the curls formed, even after they dried. So overall, this didn't take me any less time than doing any of her other styles including cornrows and braids. It might have been because I've never used this curling product before so I spent more time than necessary. I guess only time will tell this week. I am mostly interesting in seeing is how the product can stand up to a toddlers sleeping/playing. So far it seems to be doing well, but we are certainly going to be putting it to the test.
For example, we started this morning off by heading off to a birthday party, and because I didn't want to leave the house with dripping wet hair, I used a blow dryer and a diffuser for the first time on Boo's hair. The photo below (and the one at the top of this page) show her hair after it's about 85% dry. I didn't dry it all the way, but I wanted it dry enough to withstand the trip in the carseat to the party without having all the product get soaked up in the material of the seat.
I will definitely be posting updates on this style and a product review once I get a better idea as to how well it is, or isn't, going to work. But so far, we're loving it. I think Boo is really loving the fact that both she and Daddy have the same length hair, both with curls, so she feels very special.