When I needed a formal style for an event, I thought of a look I saw on "The Look for Less" over a year ago. The loc tutorial titled, "African Regal Princess", is especially attractive because of what she calls a "two-for" in which the intended style creates a second look.
After braiding all locs, the braids are pinned into a style that resembles a crown. Very regal indeed.
While I was excited to give the style a try, I was quickly reminded of the room for error. After washing, braiding and carefully pinning my hair, it did not resemble a crown and was not very regal at all. I tried to fix the style by taking the braids down and pinning my hair again, only to realize it was the way that I braided my hair that wouldn't allow me to achieve the same look. While I could accept the fact that I braided my hair wrong, I was NOT about to re-braid my hair.
Although I was a bit frustrated that the style was not achieved, I was still delighted with the results:
I found a few new styles for my locs. While trying to perfect the "Regal African Princess" look, I discovered four new ways to pin up my hair.
Styling my locs for my Yoga practice.. I tend to stay away from updos because they are a challenge to my yoga practice at times. Its hard to do inversions when your hair is piled on top of your head. The frustration of pinning and re-pinning my up made me realize I could easily take my locs down for practice and pin them back up afterwards.
I found a new protective style. Braiding my hair and pinning it offered a new way to protect my locs on the days that my hair needs rest.