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.