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Those Who Can’t Cornrow, Plait

Not many moms know how to French braid but majority of us moms know how to braid and or twist a ponytail. Plaiting once a week for a couple of hours will cut your hair combing time down to one day. Doing your daughter’s hair can be quite timely and when your child has multi-ethnic hair that time may take even longer.  But what if moms could just do one style that would last one full week with very little maintenance?  Plating is the answer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when plaiting your child’s hair.
Not many moms know how to French braid but majority of us moms know how to braid and or twist a ponytail. Plaiting once a week for a couple of hours will cut your hair combing time down to one day. Doing your daughter’s hair can be quite timely and when your child has multi-ethnic hair that time may take even longer. But what if moms could just do one style that would last one full week with very little maintenance? Plating is the answer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when plaiting your child’s hair.

1. PLAIT WHILE WET

First, wash your child’s hair, condition it and then detangle it while it’s still wet. think about if you want to use rubber bands (or ponytail holders if you prefer) or if you would rather braid each section without one. The advantage of braiding each section without the use of ponytail holder is that the style will appear to lay flatter on the head than if the holders were used.

2. GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES (YOU WON’T NEED MANY)

You will need are light moisturizer, a small teeth comb for precision parting of the hair, small ponytail holders and either beads or barrettes. Some simple plait styles that are popular are the box style and the triangle style. The easiest way to begin plaiting is to make one general part down the middle of the head and begin doing the ponytails on one side while you secure the free hair with a ponytail holder on the other side out of the way. As you make the shapes, form each ponytail, twist or braid; finish each one off with a barrette or bead.

3. BE PATIENT

The plating process can take about two hours and if you don’t plan to do the whole head at once. Then start at the base of the neck and separate the top portion. When you are done with the lower half of the head of plaits, put a nice cut bun or ponytail of the hair left on the top. This allows the child to go to school with a nice look. And it can be finished the next night. This system also works like magic if there are multiple children that need this weeklong style.

Whether you finish on the first day or day number two; this style will last a full seven days. Each night, make sure to make your daughter wear a bun. Mix hair can frizz if you chose to do twists versus braids but be not dismayed. You can easily redo only the frizzy ones and refresh the style. You should also spray some olive oil on it at midweek to deter dryness. And should some ponytails holders slid down or pop; just replace those. Remember this style can be changed up. It can be crafted into a ponytail of plaits on each side. It can be crafted into one large ponytail. It can even be crafted into a mohawk with a little extra work to bring the plaits to the center of the head in a straight line. No matter how you design it or leave it be; this style is worth every hour of the work in the end!

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