Rubber Band Twist and Cornrow Updo

1BlessedNatural: Rubber Band Twist and Cornrow Updo

Hey, my blessed naturals,
I haven't forgotten about you all! Because I've been super bored with my natural hair for the past couple of weeks, I had to switch it up a bit. Yesterday, I did the rubber band twist and cornrow (cornbraid) updo. If you're looking for a protective style, you might want to try this one.

1BlessedNatural: the back of rubber band twist and cornrow updo

Style Details 

The rubber band twist and cornrow style was done on dry stretched hair. I used my usual products for styling: Cantu Creamy Hair Lotion and 100%  coconut oil. I cornrowed the front and back. When I finished cornrowing the hair to the scalp, I used a black rubber band to secure the section before twisting it. Some sections were divided into two twists if it was too thick. If you plan to try this style, remember to not cornrow your hair tight. You want to avoid traction alopecia. The idea is to make your braids neat, but not tight. 
1BlessedNatural: side of rubber band twist and cornrow updo


Because I braid SUPER slow lol. Plus, you all may know that struggle when you are using 2 mirrors to part the back of your hair! It took me 3 1/2 to 4 hours to complete. I plan to keep this style in for at least 1 week.

1BlessedNatural: This pic shows how I wrap my twists for bedtime

Daily and Bedtime Maintenance

  The twist wrapping method was used to preserve my twists at bedtime. I just wrap and pin (with bobby pins) the twists around the back of my head (see pic above).

In the morning, I unwrap the twists and go. If the twists get really frizzy, I will redo them. One of the things I like about using rubber bands for styles like the one above is that you can just redo the twists while the cornrows remain intact.

Occasionally, I will apply my moisturizer and oil to my ends, but my hair stays moisturized longer when it's in braids or twists than when it's loose.This is the case especially in the summer. I do not plan to put anything on my scalp.

If you have an itchy scalp, but you don't have a scalp or medical condition like seborrheic dermatitis, try applying some olive or coconut oil to your fingers and gently rubbing it on your scalp for relief. I would suggest trying one of the oils on a small section of your scalp first before doing your whole scalp. You can also try braid spray.

Are you going to try the rubber band twist and cornrow updo?

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