Last evening I was once again at a loss for what I was going to do with Boo's hair for the next week or two. I had been wanting to do some more flat rope twists (see Flat Rope Twists for instructions) in a different style but was struggling to come up with something cute. So combing through online images I saw this style worn by Alicia Keys back in 2002 and decided to duplicate it, using flat rope twists instead of cornrows. And I love it!
I had sectioned the hair off into four quadrants last night and added some terrycloth pony o's to stretch it out a bit. Again, I was thinking of doing flat twists and I knew that it would work best for me if the hair was lengthened a bit before working with it.
I started on the right-hand side by doing two flat rope twists going from the crown of her head down toward her face, and then three twists going from her hairline up to the crown of her head. I only twisted the strands heading up to the crown to wear the center part was.
I also added a front triangle between the two sides and twisted away from the face toward the back of the head. After finishing the left-hand side with twists, I then took the center twist and twisted all the way toward the part where the first two twists met at the crown of the head. I then added those twists to the center twist, and joined them together to keep the twist moving toward the back of the head.
Above you can see how the center twist has now made it to the second two twists at the crown, which will also be worked into the center twist, still working toward the back of the head.
When all of the twists where integrated into the center twist, I used a cloth rubber band (with no metal) to gather them all into a puff.
I then fluffed out the center puff as much as I could.
I removed the terrycloth bands from the back two quadrants and put them into high puffs, toward the center puff on the top of her head. At that point I did a lot of fluffing, trying to blend the three puffs together such that they looked like one huge puff on the top of her head.
Boo's head is shaped differently than Alicia's but the style wears really well on her. I spent some more time fluffing out the back after this photo was taken to give it more volume. Boo isn't really sure if she likes it yet. She doesn't understand why only half of her hair is "done." Hopefully it will grow on her because I think it's adorable and am pleased not only with how good it looks but by how little time it took to complete.