Saturday, July 30, 2011

Love Your Girls Biracial Curls: Free Style Cornrows with Beads and Following Braid Out

Cant go wrong with cornrows! No matter the occasion, no matter the season, cornrows are ALWAYS a go-to style. Once you learn how to do them its smooth sailing from there. I am still "new" into doing cornrows myself  BUT i find that there is never too many bits of information and advice to receive and learn from.  I find that experimenting and letting your fingers take course when braiding is a great starting point for improving.

I had taken down the previous style and let her hair "breathe" for a few days and the i decided to bring out the freestyle cornrows.  I had an idea in mind for how i wanted it to turn out ahead of time so with my rat tail comb, distilled water spritz bottle, Bee Mine Juicy Spritz, Shea Butter Curl Moisturizing Cream, Darcy's Botanical's Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream, our beaders, orthodontic bands and beads gathered i began "blue printing" or parting out my ideal sections.

I begun by spritzing our distilled followed by our Juicy as our initial layers of moisture, since i plan on leaving this style in for a little while its important to have moisture within. I generously applied the DB Shea Butter Moisturizing Cream from her roots to tips then I started on the right side first and just parted as i went trying to be somewhat neat but not perfect.

As i would begin cornrowing i would scoop a finger smudge amount of the Madagascar Styling Cream and braid until i reached the end of her hair and then i would add the beads and secure with our bands.

The Diva tolerated it mostly being done and then it was bed time for her as we had a fun filled busy day from the second we woke up :) So i Bantu knotted the top corner section and sent her off to bed with her faithful satin bonnet.

The next morning i finished and topped it off with our Juicy and i plan on the style lasting for a week this time. We will see of course :) From beginning to end the style took almost an hour and a half Diva R loves beads and she was excited to be able to wear her bow beads that we got from Curly Princess Hair Boutique.

 Back view

Here is the top view


So it has been a while since we have done a braid out so it was time to bring one back on out :) I had these cornrows in for a week solid and decided to take them out. I do this very carefully, with Diva R's tender head it is crucial for me to be light handed and because of this it takes a little longer to take braids out. This is dually beneficial though, because with my technique of un-doing the braids a MAJOR crimp and definition is kept.. I used to make mistakes of spraying her hair with water and or moisturizer heavily as i was un-braiding. This would make any hopes for a nice braid out an epic-fail. The last thing you want to do is saturate the hair when desiring to achieve a braid out. So without further a due Diva R's lovely braid out is as follows <3

This is pre light moisturizing. As you can see her hair is FLUFFY and full of nice crimpage. This is what one would call a successful braid out, i am very proud of how it turned out and so is Diva R! She loves her fluffy hair :)  

I decided to spritz VERY LIGHTLY our Bee Mine Juicy Spritz and "pat" it into her hair so that her fluff remains and a nice layer of moisturizer is able to seep in and give her hair a nice little drink until it is time for heavy moisturizing the following day. :)

 Braid outs never last beyond a day in our household unless they are done in my hair! Her fine-ness in texture makes her hair receptive to styles lasting no longer than a few days max.

But is LOVELY while it lasts and texture is always a plus!!

Diva R's Mommy-Kim


MarksMomma said...

Very pretty!

Different Kinds of Curls said...

This style is great! I am going to have to try it asap. I LOVE the braidout, and I completely understand it not lasting more than a day. Thats the way it is in my house too! But I LOVE it while it lasts! :)

jianette said...

What do you use on the end of the braids to keep the beads from sliding? I was thinking barettes, but if it comes off, so do all the beads.

LYGBC said...

Thank you ladies! I use beads at the ends secured on by rubber bands usually because the barrettes and snaps do not keep the beads on... I wish there were a better and less damagaing way to keep them in.