Hello everyone! I’ve discovered the ULTIMATE way to have slick edges that will last you through the day & maybe even last a few days. Being 9 months into my transition, my roots are coming in thicker, curlier & quicker than ever!
Lately my schedule hasn’t permitted me to have a whole bunch of time to spend on my hair, so this is a quick & easy hairstyle that I’m absolutely loving! To begin, I started out with old, blowdried hair that hadn’t been set into a style; I’ve kind of just been throwing it into a low bun for the past three days or so.
I took my hair out of the bun & began detangling it with my handy dandy Denman brush!
Once detangled, I took my Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave In Conditioner, (which is in a spray bottle), & sprayed all of my edges around my hairline. I then added my Cantu Shea Moisture Leave In Conditioner to make my roots super silky. Once I worked in all the product with my hands, I went around with a soft bristle brush & smoothed out the edges. I then applied a generous amount of gel to my hands to then work into my hair.
I found that smoothing the back of my head with the gel first works better, since the back tends to have flyaways or bumps, (#notcute). After working an even layer of gel I went back in with my Denman brush to brush all the hair into my grip for the ponytail. Once I had a good grip on all my hair, I went around with the soft bristle brush to ensure that everything was as smooth as can be. If your ponytail is smooth & slick, go ahead & tie your hair up with a secure ponytail.
As far as the actual ponytail, I slept with my hair out to make sure when I styled it in the morning it was as big of a bun as possible. The next part is very important to maintain that super sleek look!!! I took my silk scarf & folded it over twice so it was about a four inch thick strip of fabric. I then wrapped the fabric around my head & tied it in a knot. I slept like this, (with my silk pillowcase as well), for about 9 hours, which ensured that my edges were “layed”.
When I woke up in the morning, all I did was untie the wrap and pin down my ponytail in a way that gave me the biggest, fullest bun possible. I don’t really have a specific technique when it comes to how I make my bun look; I just play with my hair until I get it exactly how I like it. Today is day one of this style, but I plan to add oil to my hair & wrap it with the same strip of fabric tonight & as long as I can.
I know while transitioning you should opt into protective styles, but I feel like this can be preserved for roughly one week, which in my eyes is definitely a protective style.