Braids and Braid-outs (4 year old)

I’ve fallen behind on posting pics, so please bear with me while I attempt to play catch-up today. First off, here are pictures taken back in October and early November of my daughter’s last set of box braids and the resulting braid-outs.

This is my daughter’s box braids that she wore on Halloween.  She has on a princess Tiana tiara.

This is how I created the crinkled look.  At night, I braided the small box braids together after spritzing them with Cara B Naturally mist.

One last look at the crinkled box braids.  I’ve discovered that the crinkled box braid look makes the braids look better for a little while longer.  My daughter was able to wear these box braids for about four weeks.

I started taking the braids down, but we needed to leave the house, so I decided to cover the remaining braids with a hat. I liked the way it looked so I snapped a few pics.

Here’s the back of her “half” braid-out.

Finally I finished removing the braids.  Here’s the final look.

The only product used here was coconut oil.

Large Rope Twists with Beads (3 year old)

During our last hair styling session, I decided to save time by styling my daughter’s hair in large rope twists accessorized with beads.

I started on freshly shampooed hair  (I used Cara B Natural shampoo). Her hair was a little on the dry side, so I applied Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and left it on for 20 minutes using a plastic cap.  As you can see in the picture, I parted her hair into large triangles, which gave her rope twists an interesting geometric look.

To aid with detangling, I used Kinky Curly Knot Today.  To begin the rope twists, and to keep the twists from unraveling at the roots, I started each twist by braiding.

She was a little restless, so I started twisting the front of her hair on day 1 and complete the back the next morning.  To secure the large beads, I used rubber bands dipped in coconut oil.  Olive Oil is also great for dipping rubber bands (a great tip I learned from the Beads, Braids, & Beyond website). I also applied extra coconut oil to the ends of her hair to further protect them from rubber band damage.

  I also used a little bit of ORS Lock & Twist gel at the roots and ends of each twist to help secure them.

Taking these extra steps resulted in a long lasting set of twists. In fact she wore these twists for almost 3 weeks.

As always, to maintain the style, I spritzed her hair lightly with a water and conditioner mix (when needed) and tied it up with a satin scarf each night.  If you’re looking for a fairly quick protective style, this might be a great one to try!

2 in 1 Summer Box Braids Style (3 year old)

Before we left for vacation, I shampooed my daughter’s hair with Cara B Naturally products as usual.  I then deep conditioned it using a plastic cap and Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque (I still owe you all a review of this product).  I also added coconut oil.

I proceeded to do a set of box braids, slightly smaller than the last set that I posted (see them here Curled Box Braids).  Here are the results:

I wanted to practice my cornrow technique, so I did five cornrows in the front of her hair, parting them at an angle.  I then box braided the rest of her hair. After completing the individual box braids, I decided to cornrow the braids together in sections.  I did not do this as a style, I did this to add a crinkly effect to the braids.

When we left for our road trip, I decided to leave the cornrows in until we arrived at our destination, Oceanside California, three days later.

I call this a 2 in 1 braid style because when I un-cornrowed the braids, I was left with this beautiful crinkle effect (no rollers or curlformers needed).  We received a lot of compliments on this style.

Here is the top of the style.  I gathered the five cornrowed braids together and added an accessory to change up the look a bit.

At night, before bed, I lightly spritzed her braids and re-cornrowed them together to keep the crinkly look for the next day.

I also made sure to tie her hair up every night with a satin scarf to preserve the style.

Overall, I was very pleased and will definitely revisit this style (or a similar one) again.

During our time at the beach or at the pool, I re-cornrowed her braids together to keep them neat and ready for styling the next day.

By the way, this was her first time at the beach and I must say that she had a great time!  I miss Cali already, but I look forward to visiting as often as I can.

Kids Guest Style: Cornrows

I received the following style submission, while I was on a 3-day road trip, on the way to California.  I was blown away by the beautiful styles when I finally got to our resort, where we had an internet connection, and I could actually view them.  Check out the gorgeous cornrows (I wish I could braid like this 🙂 ):

Submitted By:

Braids [cornrows]

Hair Length:
Past shoulders

Products used to create style:
Protein gel, herbal organic oil

Tools used to create style:

Steps taken to create style:
Wash and condition
Blow dry

Simply Gorgeous! Thank you so much for your submission Jacqueline!  You have skills! – LV

Do you have a fierce style or a hair experiment gone right that you would like to share? If so, please click here to submit your info: Style Share

Braided Bantu Knots (3 year old)

I posted about my daughter’s box braids on Sunday.  Well, below are the same box braids styled in Bantu Knots all over.

I had a lot of fun styling these smaller box braids.  Here is what they looked like when twisted into Bantu Knots.

To complete this style, I lightly spritzed her hair with a water and conditioner mix, then I grabbed about four braids together, twisted them and secured them with a goody band.

She only wore this style during the day.  At night I removed the knots, because I could imagine them being a bit hard to sleep on.

I left the two braids out in the front as bangs, but as you can see, they soon lost their curl.

Curled Box Braids (3 year old)

My daughter’s last set of box braids lasted 3 weeks!  I took them down a few days ago although they still looked decent.  Below are pictures from the first day.  I used curlformers to give them a nice spiral curl.

Here are my daughter’s curled box braids.  I went for a much smaller braid this time, much smaller than I’ve ever done before.  The small sized helped the style last a lot longer than usual.

Here are the braids with the curlformers in.  I started the top section of braids one day and finished them the next morning.  Then I added the curlformers, allowed them to dry for a few hours and took them out.

Since her box braids were a lot smaller, I ran out of curlformers after curling the back, so I decided to do bantu knots at the top/front of her hair.

I used two curlformers to curl the braids in the very front of her hair for bangs.

The products used were the same as usual; Cara B Naturally Shampoo & Leave-in conditioner and Coconut Oil (I use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2) from – see disclaimer in right side bar).

To maintain these braids, I lightly sprayed them with either the Cara B Naturally Mist, or plain water mixed with conditioner, at night as part of her night-time hair routine.  I also tied her hair up with a satin scarf at night.  I did not re-curl her hair with the curlformers after the first day, but I kept a curly/crinkly look by braiding the braids together in large sections each night after I spritzed them. I was pleased at how long the style lasted.

Two Strand & Flat Twist Combo (3 Year Old)

Since this website is about a journey, I decided to share my progress on achieving one of my goals…learning how to do flat twists.  I’m determined to finally master this style.  Here is my latest attempt:

They actually came out pretty decent.  I was inspired to try flat twists after watching a video on youtube by AfrikanHairGod.  (Next time, I will try the half-hawk style that he shows in the video in the link…maybe)

Here’s a closer view of my attempted flat twists.  They need work, but I’ll keep at it.  I used ORS Lock n Twist gel to hold the twists.

Here’s the back view of the two-strand twists. I used medium sized parts and twisted her hair using a spray bottle to moisten.

Here’s a last view. I decided to do regular two strand twists instead of rope twists because the regular twists are faster.  These twists lasted about a week.  Stay tuned for the resulting flat-twists twist-out combo pictures.

Braid n Braid Updo (3 Year Old)

This was my attempt at trying to be more creative with my daughter’s hair.  After I stretched my daughter’s hair using Ghana Plaits (seen here if you missed it), I decided to braid it.  Here are the results:

The front of her hair was box braided, then curled using Curl Formers.  I just love the beautiful spiral curls created by these curlers.

This is the back of her hair with the curlformers still in.  As I braided, I applied coconut oil to each section and sprayed the ends of her dry, stretched hair.

Here is another view of the curlformers.   I admit that I am not very good at cornrows, so I decided to get a little creative with the back of her hair and did a braid n braid thing rather than attempt a cornrow.

When I say braid n braid, what I mean is that I parted her hair just as I would with a box braid.  Rather than leaving each box braid loose, the braids are connected (by braiding them together) to form what looks somewhat like a cornrow (if there is a name for this technique, I would love to know what it is).  I then took the ends of the braid and twisted them up into sort of a french roll.

Here is a view of the side.  The longer my daughter wore this style, the less curly the braids became.  I decided to just let them be, rather than recurl them everynight.

Here’s a last view.  If anyone is interested in a video showing how I created the braids and roll in the back, let me know and I will keep it in mind as I restyle her hair over the next few weeks or so. Thanks!

Video: Rope Twists with Beads (3 Year Old)

Here is a how-to video of a style that I completed on my daughter several weeks ago.  A while ago, someone requested a video on how to do rope twists.  This video will either help or utterly confuse you 😉  (I pray for the former). Also included is my technique for adding beads (nothing fancy, just straight forward and simple).  Anyway, I am also including pictures of the style.  Enjoy and I hope this video helps!

Here is the completed look once again.  Each section of hair is about a square inch, creating fairly large twists.

To make the style somewhat unique…I guess it’s unique…I gently pushed one bead up toward her scalp.

In the video, I attempt to show the difference between “rope” or “sister” twists and regular two strand twists.  Rope twists are tighter and tend to last a lot longer.  They also show more length.  Regular two-strand twists tend to draw up and appear a lot shorter than they actually are.

In my experience, two-strand twists work well on long or short hair, while rope twists tend to work a lot better on long hair.

Here’s a close up view of a rope twist.  I love rope twists!

Boy Hair Styles: Two-strand Twists (9 Year Old)

Here is a boy’s style that I did a few months ago on my son (before my husband shaved his hair off).  These were two strand twists that I did in preparation for a twist-out.  I initially went back and forth on whether I liked the twists on him or not.  Now I think I like them a lot. This video may also be helpful for showing how to do two-strand twists on a woman’s short to medium TWA (teeny weeny afro). Two strand twists can also be used for starting locs.  I hope this helps!  Here are a few pictures of the two-strands, along with a video on I did the twists:

As you can see, the two-strand twists came out fairly large.  Smaller parts would have resulted in smaller twists.

I used the same technique that I use on my own hair: start with moist hair, part (or just grab), rub ORS Lock n Twist Gel on each section and begin two-strand twisting.  That’s it!

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