I’ve been trying to add some “girly” to my appearance – getting out of jeans and sneakers, doing more than pulling my hair back, and even *shock-and-awe* putting makeup on. These developments are almost revolutionary on my part. Growing up churchy, I never experimented with trying to look attractive. Doing in-home social work for the past 5 years hasn’t motivated me to channel my inner girl (or inner drag queen, depending on your perspective on 6ft. “girls”) either. I’ve got a lot to learn.
Enter the internet. The web is a never-ending source of new information! I started my and DD’s locs with Cherie King’s Bradelocz ebook. The Little Miss’s are almost 5 years old and mine are 4. I did a bantu knot set two weeks ago. The knots are uncomfortable to sleep on and uncomfortable to wear running errands. And the curls fell after 1 day. *humph*
I needed to find a nonchemical way to get the set to hold longer. The Fedora Lounge forum mentioned sugar water, honey, flaxseed gel, and…Jello. I had Jello in the kitchen cabinet. A little more searching and I found a Jello setting lotion recipe on Imitation of Vintage Life (her finger waves look great).
Bantu knots weren’t gonna cut it this time. Twist-out? Braid-out? There were web discussions on using pipecleaners for spiral curl sets (Youtube doesn’t work on my phone). We’re a crafty household – we’ve got pipecleaners!
I tried it on my hair Sunday night and wore the pipecleaners to work Monday and I got a bunch of compliments. I had curls on Tuesday and they lasted till I washed them out this morning. Yay!
Sadly, I didn’t get pics of my hair. Soooo, I had to experiment on the Little Miss’s hair! And I got pics!