The “Princess Leia”
The easiest way to recreate this look is to part your hair directly down the middle, create two ponytails, loosely braid each ponytail, roll them into loose buns, and then pin them down with a bobby pin or clip. If you want to conceal the bobby pin or clip, place in the middle or under the bun. If not, try a cute flower clip to add some flair to your hair!
If you want some extra shine, take a light oil like grapeseed or sweet almond, rub it between your hands, and then smooth it over your buns and edges. For braids that are too tight, gently pull each braid apart with two fingers to loosen and increase the volume.
Part your hair into 6 horizontal sections and begin to bantu knot your hair as usual. For long and medium length hair, this should be the only two steps you have! For shorter hair, however, you may need to create little buns and then wrap a piece of kinky curly or kinky straight extension hair around them to create a large and full bantu knot.
For an extra touch, use pre-braided crochet singles to wrap around the bantu knot or bun instead. You’ll have a cute and sleek braided bantu knot look! Keep the look smooth and sleek by using your favorite gel, pomade, or cream to keep the frizzies and reverting curls at bay.
The key to this style is to keep your cornrows straight back and neat. The afro on the other hand, go crazy! Add color, glitter, volume, height, definition–whatever!
If you use your natural hair for this style, I’d suggest moisturizing a great deal since you’ll be manipulating your hair a lot during styling. When you seal, use a light oil so your fro won’t be weighed down or limp.
I actually suggest using crochet braids to achieve this look. You’ll have to braid your hair anyway, and the small loops and braids will make for a seamless frohawk! You’ll also have more textures and colors to choose from so you can do whatever you’d like with this style.