Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shingling: Ponytail style

As I learn how to work with my new natural hair growth and do different transistional/natural styles, I found a style called Shingling.  You might be wondering, What is Shingling? Shingling is the process of defining your curls by applying products to one section of hair at a time. You can do this with either gel or a curl enhancing product, or a combination of both.  It does take trial and error as you will see below.

I decided to try this on my daughter's hair. She has more of a type 4a/4b type of hair. I will try this on her sister' hair in the future. Her older sister has a type 4c hair.  I still don't know what my hair type is, but I do see evidence of both types.

Shingling is mostly done on all the hair, not on just the ponytail. The reason I did it on just the ponytail was because we were in a hurry to leave the house and I just wanted to try something fast and new.

Prior to Shingling my daughter's hair, her hair had been wash a day ago, so it was still quite moisturized.  I performed the following steps:

Step 1:      Spritz her hair with water
Step 2:      Apply some Jamacian Castor Oil to her edges (we are trying this product to help grow our edges, Love it so far!)
Step 3:      Apply a little bit of oil mix all over her hair.
Step 4:      Secure her hair into a ponytail at the base of her head. I did loose ponytail because I did not want to pull too much on her temple and nape (edges).
Step 4:      Working in sections, apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhanced Smoothie to ponytail. Using your fingers in a raking motion, comb through the hair, stretching it slowly. Some people use wide tooth comb or brush for this process, but I prefer using my fingers.
Step 5:       Repeat Step 4, but this time with Eco Styler gel.


I liked how the curls came out, very defined.  The only thing that I didn't like was that some of the product still showed.  I did manage to rub it in before letting her leave the house for school, but it took some time. I was discussing this with a friend, and she said that the reason why the Shea Moisture Curl Enhanced smoothie did not quickly get absorbed was probably because of the oil I put in her hair prior.  So, I will be redoing this Shingling method in the future to all her hair, and I will update you on my findings.

View this video to see other ways of shingling hair.

Have you trying Shingling your hair?  If so, any tips or tricks?

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