5. Cornrow your leave out hair. Cornrowing creates even curls from root to tip so do this with your leave out. If your own hair is pretty long, use thin perm rods* to roll half the length of your hair up until it matches the length of the wig. The curls from the perm rod will make your hair appear much shorter while still matching the wig’s curl pattern.
6. Install the wig. Using a curved weaving needle sew the wig* down onto the perimeter braid. This usually takes me 7-8 minutes to do and I’m pretty slow! U-part wigs* are so convenient, they are quickest way that I know of getting a full head install without putting stress on all your hair. The take-down is super quick too, it’s literally 2 minutes!
7. Cut. Cut the wig as short as you like once it’s installed. As you can see I wasn’t happy with the length when I first installed the wig* so I cut it shorter until I was happy with it.
8. Blend. Leave the cornrows and perm rods* overnight and in the morning unravel them to release those lovely curls. Blend your curls with the wig hair and rock that short hair all week long!
9. Don’t expect your significant other to notice! My husband didn’t notice that there was anything different about my hair until I pointed it out. *Roll eyes*
It’s a very easy style to maintain. Simply pineapple your leave out plus the top half of the wig hair overnight. Don’t bother covering your hair with a scarf or anything, just sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. In the morning, let your hair down, fluff and go.
Every other day, spray your hair underneath the wig with a leave in conditioner to maintain your moisture levels. At the end of the week, just remove the wig for your usual washing routine.
For this to be a true protective style you should wash your hair in the braids/cornrows you have underneath. If you are taking them down and redoing them weekly, you are defeating the purpose of the protective style!
Originally posted 2012-09-24 19:00:48.