Ever since I found the mini bobby pins a month or so ago I've had a jumble of pinned styles rolling around in my brain. I saw something very similar to this style in a video (although I can't remember where), however the sides were greased back into a ponytail. Styles where the hair is pulled into a ponytail don't seem to last very long on Boo, especially now that she's back in preschool, so I opted to do flat rope twists instead.
We did a pre-poo last night so I didn't have time afterward to really do much more before bed than just plait her hair up for sleep cap and bed. So this is what we started with this morning.
Working with slightly damp and detangled hair I added some Butter Me Up for moisture. I did a center part in the back of her head, going up from the nape of her neck and then two parts on each side of her head going back toward that center part. Using Happy Nappy Styles for our styling cream, I twisted three rope twists on each side starting from the front and working toward the back.
As you can see, I made the center point in the back dip down a bit. Also note that the direction of how you do the rope twists need to change on each side of the head such that they both appear to be wrapping upward toward the crown. For example, the right side rope twists should be twisted individually clockwise, and then twisted over each other counter-clockwise. The left-side twists should be twisted individually counter-clockwise and then twisted over each other clockwise. See "How to Do a Two-Strand Rope Twist" if these are new for you.
When the sides were completed I pulled all of the sections together into a single ponytail. This ponytail does not put stress on the hairline because the "pulling" of the hair is distributed across the rope twists, unlike pulling all the hair unto a ponytail directly.
I then placed regular two strand twists (not rope twists) on the top of her head in a more organic fashion, making sure I had equal numbers on each side, but not paying much attention to part lines. I also put some two strand twists into the hair that was gathered into the ponytail in the back.
And then I waited. I waited for her hair to dry, because I wanted the twists to puff and swell as much as they were going to (i.e., get to be their fullest once the were completely dry) before pinning them.
This is were I got to go crazy with my mini bobby pins. I pinned rosettes (or buns, or whatever you wish to call them) all over the top of her head, trying to cover the part lines as best as possible. The thicker and/or longer the hair is, the better this will work. Boo's hair is still pretty thin, but she has enough length to get her buns almost big enough to cover these part lines.
In the back I pulled up the dangling two strand twists from the ponytail and also pinned those up, adding a bow to complete the look.
Above is a closer look at the ponytail twists rolled and pinned up.
This is an excellent protective style. The keys to making it work are: Not pulling the side flat rope twists too tightly; making sure that the pony O that you use in the back is also not pulling on the hair; and remembering to tuck all the ends of the hair underneath the twists to keep them nicely protected.