So as I mentioned in yesterday's post, we have a couple things going on this week that coloured how we needed to do hair. Halloween costume on Thursday, Boo having a cold, Daddy's birthday today, and a child's birthday party tomorrow all helped contributed to our choice to do the Veil style this week. Well, that an Mama Holli wanted to know how, so who am I to say no? And seriously, although the name of this style is long and complicated, the style is anything but!
I absolutely love the veil style because no matter how sloppy it's done it always looks super cool and totally complicated. And the best part is how incredibly easy it is to do! People always say it must have taken forever to do her hair like this, but in truth this is one of the quickest styles that I know how to do. If you know how to braid (or in this case, do a two strand rope twist, which is easier in my opinion), and piggyback then you can do this. I've already posted how to do a rope twist and how to piggyback braids so this style is just putting the two together.
When I plaited the hair last night, I started by dividing Boo's hair into four sections. I put the back two sections into ponytail twists and then proceeded to box the front two sections in a brick pattern. This basically means that I parted the hair into little boxes and instead of lining them all up I staggered them like bricks are staggered on a fireplace.
I only made two rows of boxes because I know that each of those boxes will have to produce two twists, not one, and her hair is pretty thin. I wanted to make sure that I had enough hair in each box with which to work. Just in case anyone might be wondering why I chose the number of boxes that I did. When doing the brick-patterned veil style, I always like to start with one box in the middle of her hair in the front and then part off of that one as I go back. That's just a matter of preference, though.
After all the boxes were completed I put them all into ponytails. Then, starting with the first box in the front center, I divided the hair into two equal sections. Taking one of the two sections, I then divided into two equal sections again and did a two strand rope twist. At that point I had one ponytail that was divided into two sections of hair, one section being a rope twist and the other section free hair. I took the remaining free hair, divided into two sections and did a second rope twist. When completed I had one front ponytail that was divided into two twists. I just clipped the twists instead of using a rubber band because I knew that I was going to be piggybacking them into another ponytail so banding wouldn't be necessary.
I repeated the above steps with the boxes on either side of the front and center box. Then, as you can see from the photo above, I took the left rope twist from the center box, along with the right rope twist from the box to the left of the center box, and brought them together into the ponytail that was lined up between and behind those two boxes on Boo's head. So I basically took one section of the two boxes and piggybacked them into the box that was behind them.
I continued dividing all of the sections of the front row of the hair and forming ponytails, then divided and made two twists out of each. As I completed the necessary two twists from the front sections I worked on the one box behind the two in the front that were ready to be piggybacked. I completed the piggybacking on one side of her head entirely, clipping the second-row ponytails to the back twist to be worked on later. Then I went to the second side of her head and completed the rest.
After the first two rows were piggybacked, each side of her head had three ponytails from which I formed three twists. I did not divide the last ponytails into two again because the front veil section was completed. All I needed to do was form rope twists out of the ponytails and then take all three of the twists and rubber band them to the puff on that side. Then I repeated the steps on the other side and voila!
In my opinion, one of the things that makes the veil such a special style is the opportunity to accessorize with pretty clips and bows. I think that the more striking the clips are the more people notice the style, itself. White looks especially good (and is my favourite), but we chose small claw-clips in blue and purple to match Boo's panda shirt today.
I used to do this style with coloured rubber bands but I have lately preferred the idea of using the clips because I can change them out daily to match her clothes. When using coloured rubber bands I was not afforded that flexibility because this is not an easy style with which to swap them out. The puffs in the back also look wonderful with bows or ribbons to give the style even more sparkle. I would have put some in but I've just discovered that Boo's hair is so long now that her puffs are too large for the tiny bows that once used to work so well in her head. Time for some new bows....."Oh, Marissa????" *waves beckoning hand*