Oweee! Well, we had a ton of fun during the Frotective Challenge. It also was a great time of sharing among all the BIG HAIR artisan mommies (shout out to ma’gurlz!!). One the coolest tips I learned was from Mommy Megan of Hair-Raising Adventures called “Zig Zag Banding”. OHGAA It’s genius! Generally speaking, Banding is the technique used to stretch hair. There are many o’bloggers that use this technique. In fact, Beads Braids and Beyond has a lovely post on Banding that I often share with our readers and has a permanent place in our Hair Guide. But honestly, Banding with numerous bands/ponytail holders never worked for us. Maybe cuz I never invested in a ton of holders to do it the right way *shrugs shoulders*. When we do stretch hair, its typically through twisted styles or Ghana Plaits with weave thread. BUT THIS RIGHT HERE!?! Oh I can get down with this, TRUST.
ZIG ZAG BANDING – Quick Overview
Sombodeh turn to you neighbor and say, where my hose at?!?!? LOL! I jus’ playin. But on the real, you need tights or hose to cut into 1 inch or so circular strips. Now this right here should make you go IN!!! Do you realize how many strips you can get out of a pair of adult hose or tights?? No more purchasing tons those “good” ouchless bands so not to snag your baby’s hair. This is a cost effective alternatice for stretching. Megan used old tights of her daughters. Tights/hose are PERFECT for BIG HAIR. The lycra is smooth, stretchy and wont snag the hair. Heck, since the Challenge I’ve been using strips of hose as ponytail holders, mmhhmm. Check it:
In this pic I double wrapped the hose first, due to how much it stretches, then wrapped at the base. VIOLA! You have a “not so tight” pony that can stay in her hair without pulling or snagging; the grip is just right. BBH’s hair doesn’t dry out at the base either. Anywho, stay with me…. The Zig Zag Banding steps are easy:
- Cut hose/tights into 1 -2 inch circular strips (see my above pic)
- Wrap the base of the pony a few times, similar to how you would a rubber band
- When the base is secured, keep sliding down in the same wrapping fashion until the pony looks like this:
- Next, gently remove after desired time or once hair has completely dried and you’ll get this:
GLOREH!!! OHGAAAAA! I love this. Separate those bad boys for a “twist out” look. You can also wrap the knots closer together for more smoothed/straighter hair and from there getsa stylin. At any rate, you’ll be amazed at the how much those little strips will strecth, plus, you can REUSE THEM!! Get you some fun color tights and you can band with style hon! You could even make colorful snag free headbands from stretched strips- prolly wanna work with adult hose/tights for that though so not to be too tight on ur baby’s head (thank me later). I can not wait to try Zig Zag Banding on BBH, but just HAD to share in the meantime!! Check out Mommy Megan’s original Zig Zag Banding post here, which has more amazing pics and an instuctional video. This ^^^ will get cop’t, PLEASE BELIEVE IT. Send pics if you try it. EEEEEK!
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