Criss Cross Braids?
When I asked Z a couple weeks ago how she would like her hair styled for back to school, she stated she wanted braids. Fair enough, but I had no clue of a design to do. All I could think was the hours I had to devote to washing, detangling, and styling this child’s hair. So last week, we searched YouTube for some inspiration and came across GlamFam’s video. It was a tutorial for criss cross braids on one side and twists on the other. You can see the video here (opens in new window).
When I watched the video, I felt the tutorial was a little over my head. I am not the fastest braider. I am typically style challenged when it comes to braid patterns. But for my girl, I was determined to give the criss cross braids a shot. Besides, the braiding did not take up half her head. The rest were twists. And this momma can do twists all day long. LOL. Well, except on my hair. I have little patience for that right now.
Wash Day Process
So, I split the process into two days:
- Wash, deep condition, and stretch hair on day 1
- Part, re-moisterize, and style hair on day 2
Z has worn several protective styles over the summer–cornrows, Ghana plaits, and twists mainly. She took swimming lessons a couple weeks in August on top of going to the pool several times so her hair needed some good deep conditioning.
I used the following products in this wash day process:
From left to right:
- Shampoo: Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap (diluted 1 teaspoon of soap in 8 oz of water)
- Deep Conditioning: Shea Moisture’s High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque (ah-mazing on Z’s hair)
- Seal: Organic Coconut Oil
- Moisturize: Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Set and Hold: Trader Joe’s Aloe Vera Gel
For the first time, I used the Shea Moisture’s High Porosity Masque as recommended on the GlamFam video. I love the creamy consistency of this masque although it is highly fragrant. This would have been a no-go while I was pregnant…bleh! I deep conditioned Z’s hair for 30 minutes under her heat cap, per the instructions. Her hair turned out very nice with her own natural definition (no product!) right after rinsing:
Her hair is so thick y’all! And fine. This is the part I still struggle with because of her length, it is so easy to break her hair during manipulation. Hence, this is why I choose to use styles that will last between 1-2 weeks ideally. Following deep conditioning, I sealed the water in her hair with the coconut oil and applied the Curl Enhancing Smoothie section by section. Using the tension method, I stretched her hair in sections in preparation for braiding the next day. I twisted her hair into 4 sections and tied them down overnight.
The next morning, I got to work. It was a Saturday, hubby was at work, and I had a baby to entertain as best as possible while doing Z’s hair. Thank goodness Aaron took a good nap during this time.
My parting ended up being different than what was done on the video tutorial. Instead of two sections of criss cross braids, I did THREE! Why do I get overly ambitious sometimes on the new stuff?!? Maybe because I like to add my personal spin even if it is the first try and I could potentially jack things up…lol.
I actually recorded myself doing the braiding part but need to figure out the video editing process. I will figure it out though! Nevertheless, actually doing the criss cross braids in smaller sections helped me a lot. Connecting the braids was mentally challenging for me. It took me several tries on some of the criss cross braids to get it right (or rather acceptable…lol). I probably spent almost 2 hours on the braiding and another 2 on twisting Z’s hair. After 4 hours, I would say I was pretty darn pleased with my work! Better yet, Z was ecstatic!
I am giving this style two weeks because it has so many twists. When Z wears twists, they usually get frizzy by the second week. However, she has an event next Saturday in which I will untwist her hair for a twist out. Z has been doing a great job spritzing her hair at night and covering her hair with her bonnet. She has even learned how to lay her twists underneath her bonnet so they do not end up all over the place in the morning time.
I have no clue what the next style will be, but Z has emphasized she like the half cornrow half twists hairstyle.