Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for intricate

Xena is is now old enough to sit in one place for about 30 seconds or so without fidgeting, which means my itchy fingers can get to work and braid her hair. Though I can do a super neat French braid on my own hair, there is nothing like having a guinea pig to practise my skills and imagination on. So every morning, while she takes her usual 328974839247 minutes to finish a cup of milk, I try to do something different on her hair.

Her laoshi (Chinese teacher) is just as obsessed with her hair as I am, and so she often goes to school sporting one hairstyle and comes back with another! As I unravel her hair, I try to decode what laoshi had done. Sometimes, I'm successful, and sometimes I have to ask Xena, "How did laoshi make the twists not un-twist?" "I don't know Mama, I was sitting on laoshi's lap, listening to the English teacher read a book. I don't know what laoshi was doing on my hair." On some levels, it's kinda hilarious. Like laoshi and I are sending some kind of daily encrypted message to each other.

If you're as enamoured by braids as me, you would not have missed the viral post going around last month about the Aussie mom who makes the most intricate braids for her daughter for school every morning. The stuff she does is RIDICULOUS. INSANE. CUCKOO. Here is her FB page in case you're keen on more heart attacks. I bow down to this goddess of braids. And she has filled me with inspiration to try to rise a little higher in my efforts at braiding Xena's hair.

I'm still at a very basic level, and I wish I had more time to Youtube and learn more braid-y hairstyles. Hopefully I will get there one day, but meanwhile, here are some hairstyles I've been doing on Xena's hair. These are relatively simple compared to what I eventually want to do, so the captions should be instructions enough if any of you want to try these out.

Hairstyle 1: A basic fishtail braid. Xena calls it the 'coconut-fishtail', since it's an extension of the coconut hairstyle I'd mentioned in the previous post. (Coconut-fishtail. Sheesh. Sounds more like a curry than a hairstyle!)

Hairstyle 2: A twist braid. I finally figured out how to prevent the twist from un-twisting. The secret lies in the direction of the twist!

Hairstyle 3: A dutch braid

Hairstyle 4: My first attempt at a five-strand braid. Hopeless. I swear you need all tentacles of an octopus to do this neatly!

Hairstyle 5: Two Dutch side braids leading to a fishtail braid at the back

Hairstyle 6: Side parting with a regular braid going from the right and pinned securely on the left. I added the bunny hairclip because it was Easter celebration day at school. 

Hairstyle 7: Single Dutch side braid leading to a Dutch braid at the back

Hairstyle 8: French hairband braid - I made a side parting and French braided the front section of each side...

... and then I took both the French braids and tied them together under the rest of her hair, to create the 'hairband' look. 

Hairstyle 9: No mood to braid today!

Hairstyle 10: French side braid leading to a regular braid, but made at the side so it stayed put in front of her shoulder 

Hairstyle 11: Centre parting with two thin regular braids on either side, loosely leading to a Dutch braid at the back. 

Hairstyle 12: Criss-cross beaded ponytails

Hairstyle 13: Dutch braid with the front section of hair, and a regular braid on the side, going over and covering the parting. The next picture shows you how it looks from the side. 



Shraddha said...

Hello Sayesha,

A sastang dandvat pranaam for all your patience... these braids are awesome... I have a son, tut-tut.. .can't experiment on his hair... will share this with a friend who has a lovely daughter...

BTW, it's a pleasure to read you every single day... that's what I do as soon as I get to office ;)


Bubblegum.... said...

I will come to Singapore Only after growing my hair till my waist! :D

Btw, try some on yourself and then teach me! They are so cool! My mom was not really good at it- the only 'two braids desi style'she had mastered. I do better french braid than her. But then I can do only french braid :P

shinta said...

I love these! Now I feel like I need a daughter in my life...sigh

Arun said...

Is the twist braid two bunches of hair, each twisted in the same direction (e.g, clockwise), and then the two bunches twisted around each other in the opposite direction to the individual twists (e.g., anti-clockwise)? So that, while topologically it is equivalent to untwisted, the stresses in the hair keep it from unwinding???????

SK said...

So cute!! :--))
My almost 5 year old doesnt even let me touch her hair for two small pony tails. :--(
Her hair tangles quite a bit, but I do apply coconut oil a lot, still she hates it if I even touch her hair.
Will wait for the time she will let me try stuff like these!

Carrie-Anne said...

I'v always loved braids, though I've never gotten so fancy with my own hair. Now that my hair has reached a certain length again, after being cut short awhile ago, I'm able to do the Princess Leia look. I do two braids and then wind them around in balls which are held in place with scrunchies or good colored bands.

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Anonymous said...

These are SOOO great! Wow!

Sayesha said...

Thank you for the undying support! :)

Get here and see what kinda guinea pig I turn you into! Bwahahaha! :D

Thanks. :) Try them on your own hair!

Wah wah wah! You nailed it! :D

Yeah Xena also has very tangly hair. The Tangle Teezer and Livon are lifesavers. :P Though I don't use Livon or any other oil too much. Singapore's heat and humidity do not make the hair a good spot for additional oils. :/

I did the Princess Leia hair for her once. OMG she hated it! She tore them down immediately. LOL! :D