This year we have decided on a new "signature style" for Boo. What I mean by that is that we have a look that is a regular look in our bag of tricks that is, well, "Boo's look." Our signature hairstyle this year is Cornrows With Two Asymmetrical Puffs. So that's what we're going with for Christmas and we couldn't be happier about it.
There were two things that I did differently this time. The first thing is related to the style, itself, the second is to how I styled it. For the style change, instead of having all four rows in the back feed into the lower side puff, I separated them such that two cornrows fed into that puff and the other two were braided upward into the upper side puff. I think it helped even out the amount of hair that was in both of the puffs a little better.
The other thing that I changed was that I did all of the cornrows and styling last night. At night time. Which I don't usually do. And after doing so, now I remember why: I cannot see the cornrows nearly as well at nighttime as I can during the day. Plain and simple. My lighting is just not the same as having natural light to get a good look at how neat my braids are. Not only that, with black hair and shadows sometimes it was darn near impossible for me to see whether or not I needed to braid to the left or the right, as I just plain couldn't see the stitch that I had just made. So I had to pay careful attention while braiding to make sure I knew which direction my next stitch was going to have to go.
I'm also not thrilled with my parts. I usually do rough parts the night before and then do finishing parts the following morning when setting hair. I can't believe that little bit of light makes that big of a difference, but looking at her hair this morning I was a little more squiggly than I normally am (not that I'm super straight all the time, but I try). Ah well. It was worth it to finish everything last night so as to free up my morning today to get more Christmas presents made.
And with a face like that, I can't really complain. She looks great and the style will last well into next weekend, which is exactly what I wanted.
I should also note that I used Kinky-Curly Curling Custard in the puffs this time in the hopes of keeping the curls more defined in the puffs, and Darcy's Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream for the cornrows. I also applied some jojoba oil along her hairline just as a preventative measure against any stress bumps and/or drying out. Our weather has been a little wacky here lately so there's no reason not to take preemptive action!