I put this hair net on my head to protect my hair as I bum around on the couch. I don't want my hair to rub against the pillows on the couch so I figured this was a great way to protect my hair without having to wrap my hair in my night scarf or wear a hat (it's too hot for that).
I own a few hair nets because I work in dietary. I brought all of them from the beauty supply store.
This is a simple wash and go that I styled. I'm trying to wear my hair out more. I've also been detangling my hair everyday. I smoothed back both sides of my hair with a soft brush and Eco-Styler gel (I have the pink one). Then I secured the sides with 3 large bobby pins. Of course, I wrapped a scarf around the front of my head to make sure my hair would be totally smoothed out.
This was day one. I was iffy about this hair style because I'm not a trendy person and I thought this looked too much like the mo-hawk hair styles that are really popular right now. But this style actually looked really chic and classy. It made me look pulled together so I really liked it.
The inspiration for this hairstyle came from Chisellecouture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2bbyTYG98o&feature=related Check out her tutorial of this style! I have subscribed to her on Youtube because she has so many cute hair style tutorials that I want to try. This is just the first of them.
Basically, this style is very simple but takes a little time to get it exactly the way you want.
You will need:
Small hair pins, gel and shea or cocoa butter (for smoothing hair), a soft brush, 2 ponytail holders and wet detangled hair.
Optional: A scarf for smoothing at the end.
This style comes out the smoothest when your hair has already been detangled. I did this style on my freshly washed hair just as Chiselle did but I'm sure this could come out just as good on dry hair (although I think natural hair would look better if this style was done on wet hair).
First, section hair into 3 sections: a left side, middle, and right side. Secure each side with ponytail holders. Begin smoothing the left and right sides of hair (first use your moisturizer-shea butter or cocoa butter then put the gel on top. This helps your hair stay soft and smooth rather than hard and stiff which would happen if you only used gel). Then brush the left and right sides back into a ponytail. Take the ponytail and blend the hair with the middle section. Begin twisting the middle section of hair in a tuck and roll fashion from the nape to the front of your head. Use pins along the way to ensure the hair stays in place. When the hair is twisted all the way to the front, begin creating the swirl. You can have your swirl more in the center or to the side of your head. This all depends on your own personal preference and the length of your hair. Secure with pins. *I wrap a scarf (I have a ribbon headband) around my hair to smooth the sides more and I put a wig cap on the top to smooth the middle. This is how it looks.
When I take this off my hair is totally smoothed out. All of the little pieces of hair that stand up lay down.
In the video, Chieselle says that Alicia's middle section was braided but Chiselle did a two strand twist. Well, because of the length of my hair and the curl pattern, it was very difficult for me to two strand twist while wet (I could feel my hair snapping) and it didn't look smooth. So I decided to twist my hair into a French roll basically.
This is day two. In order to refreshen this hair style, I had to re-smooth the sides, un-pin and un-twist the middle section and re-wet and detangle the middle section. Then I retwisted the hair and pinned it up again. This time, I wrapped the middle section in a position on the side of my head instead of directly on top of my head (as I had on day 1).
Put your puff to the side for a new and fun look! This laid back style was so quick and easy so I will definitely wear my hair like this instead of the normal puff in the back style. I detangled and cowashed my hair. Then I put grapeseed oil and Eco Styler gel in my hair to smooth the sides down. I wrapped a ribbon scarf around the front of my head and waited until the hair dried before removing it (this is when you know your hair is completely smoothed out and ready. If you take the scarf off too earlier you risk the chance of your hair frizzing up again). This style looked really cute with the scarf on but I decided to take it off and show my waves.
I shingled my hair with Eco-Styler gel (the pink one). I started by cowashing with Pantene for curly hair. I detangled my hair with my fingers and then shingled my hair with the gel. I guess this isn't a true shingling because I didn't totally saturate my hair with the gel but I was impressed with the way my hair hung because the gel weighed my hair down a bit. Eco-Styler gel is thicker/heavier than Kinky Curling Custard which is primarily made up of aloe vera gel. My hair did shrink up above my shoulders as my hair dried. The following day, my hair still had the same curls but my hair was very tangled.
You can see my roots aren't totally saturated with gel. They started to poof up faster than the ends of my hair. I always want to focus more on my roots when I apply defining products but I also don't want products on my scalp.
Another thing I'm happy about? My hair can make an easy ponytail now!