Jumbo Flat Twists/Fake Pony (Sides and Top)
This is my new protective style for the winter. I soooo needed a break from my hair. If I could, I’d go back to wearing microbraids for awhile. But I’d never risk tearing my hairline up again just for the sake of style — especially since I now know my hairline can’t take the stress. But what’s a sister to do? Then I remembered. When I was a permie, I used to slip a little piece of track weave hair up under my own hair to make my ponytail appear fuller. So a couple of days ago, I went shopping for a nappy looking ponytail. This is what I found. Kinda looks like a strawset or maybe even a twistout. My flat twists converge together. Then I cut a piece…not sure maybe about 24 inches long… and secured one of the coils into my hair by making one big plait, which I then tucked under. Then I wrapped the track around the braid as close as possible to my scalp. I then used the slider barrette to secure the fake hair in place. Wallah…instant length and instant total protective hair style. No glue, no thread, no nothing to create stress on my hair. I can take it off when I get ready and put it back on in just a few minutes.
The really cool thing about this is the way the twists converge into the ponytail and provide a good continuation of texture. My flat twists actually look like they’re a twistout. The hair color is also a really good match to my own as well. The frizziness actually matches my real hair. Most folks black folks are really saavy about fake hair and can spot it a mile away, mostly because it people don’t try to make extension hair look real. But I think this looks fairly realistic. What do you think? Please leave your comments, I’m interested in your opinion. I haven’t worn weave hair since I took my microbraids out over a year ago, and to tell you the truth…I’m just a tad bit self conscious :).
Just a veiw of the top so you can see how I parted it. The flat twists actually stop just behind my ears. Then all the hair is pulled together in one big braid. As you can see, these flat twists are off center. I purposely anchored the twists closer to the part. Doing this, I discovered, elongates the hair a little bit and enables my 4B hair to reflect a little more light and actually shine…just a little bit. It made my gray “sparkle” according to my mom. The funny thing about my hair is that almost all of my gray is in the top and the front — not in the back. Thank goodness because I would not have been able to get a good hair match other wise. The beauty supply store didn’t have any hair that only had a little bit of gray. So I had to go with the hair that didn’t have ANY gray in it.