If braids and beads are not a normal part of your life, you may just want to pass this post on by. But with 4 African American daughters, hair is a fairly large component in our life. The following braiding brainstorm is one that I am very happy with.
When we do lots of little braids for our girls, we will often finish the braids up with 4 or 5 pony beads. My 5 year old especially loves the way her hair flips around when she’s wearing beads, and I think it is adorable too. Over the years we’ve had several beading ‘needles’ or ‘wands’, onto which you thread the beads, making it easier to then thread beads onto each braid. Problem is, the beading needles are EASY to lose– I can’t tell you how often I’ve hunted high and low for the things.
Plastic craft string is a fairly decent substitute. But the other day I discovered that an even easier thing to use: a skinny ponytail holder, the kind that has a bit of metal on it. I took a few pictures of the process so that you can see how it works. Click on the pictures to enlarge. If you ‘mouse-over’ the pictures before you click, you’ll be able to read the explanation of each step.
And here’s a shot of my daughter with her completed hairdo on her 5th birthday last month.Pin It