I just wanted to give you guys an update on how I normally wear my hair during the week. It's pretty simple. What can I say? I try to keep natural hair styles as uncomplicated and fuss free as I can. I have a hard enough time getting out the door in the morning with a well balanced meal and a positive ready to take on the world attitude. Therefore, uncomplicated grooming works well for my lifestyle.
Anywho, I normally wear a side ways banana clipped bun when I need something extremely easy and professional. I'm certain you have seen it a trillion times on YouTube. But, I wanted you to see how the look can be achieved on extremely dense highly textured fine hair. I know a lot of women with my hair type have expressed issues with gathering all of the hair up into a bun or pony tail smoothly. All you will need is a goody banana clip, shea butter mix (check out link here on how to make it) http://www.lykelambswool.com/2012/01/remixing-like-crazy.html , flax seed gel and bobby pins. My hair was braided into six medium sized braids the night before. Braiding my hair rather than twisting works better for me because the tension from braiding stretches it out longer.
Take down braids carefully removing any tangles or single strand knots that might appear. Here is what my hair looks like once braids are removed.I do not blow dry my hair to stretch it. I haven't used heat on my hair in almost three years.
Apply a dime sized amount or more of Shea butter to hair or you can use oil mixture of choice from root to tip. You might spray hair with a bit of water before any application. I misted with water because my hair was a bit dry.
Apply a generous amount of flax seed gel to hands rub together and smooth hair up into low or high pony tail. I don't use a brush. It's natural hair so it doesn't necessarily have to be perfectly coiffed and smoothed down for me to be good with it.
Take banana clip ( I use large) because my hair would pop any other size into two pieces. LOL!
Turn it sideways and place around hand that cups ponytail. Gently clamp banana clip around hair.
Take large or small bobby pins I use goody medium sized ouch less and large gold bobby pins purchased from Sally's for buns on extremely thick hair. Tuck or roll hair under and bobby pin. Place a silk scarf on for about twenty minutes. By the time you are finished dressing for work hair will be completely smoothed down. I forgot to take a picture of me in the silk scarf. SO, the picture you see below is without using a scarf to tie down or smooth down hair. Peep the pictures below anyways!
Viola! Here are the results. A bun for highly textured dense haired curlies!! Hope this helps. Check ya later. Same bat-time, same bat-channel