Why I’ve Chosen this Protective Style
This year I will be dedicating my styles to protecting my hair! Initially, I wanted to keep my hair in mini twists, but I was getting BORED! I wanted something new that was easy but cute. Check out my 2018 Protective style challenge post to join the movement and reach new lengths with your natural hair.
Before taking out my mini twists that I wore for 2 months, I had some fun! I designed 10 fun styles to wear while wearing my mini twists (check blog posts for 10 styles here), but that got old real quick. For me I need to have something different every once in a while to keep it fresh and exciting with my natural hair.
Researching The Best Ponytail For Natural Hair
So I spent FOREVER taking out these mini twists lol. After spending hours on Youtube while taking down my mini twists (I don’t know why making them smaller was part of my plan lol) I stumbled across this video from @Shanillia26 that she did on her daughter:
I was super excited to try this and thought to give this a shot on my kinkier textured hair. When doing a search of pull through braids on natural hair, or pull through ponytails on 4b 4c hair, I couldn’t find any! So I thought why not be the first!!
How I Got the Pull Through Braided Ponytail (On 4b/4c hair!!)
I followed everything that Shanillia did in the video, except adjusting to fit the thickness of my hair.
I started with freshly washed hair that was dryed in twists, then put into bantu knots for a deeper stretch. Then I separated a section of hair in the front for the 5 cornrows (3 small, 2 large). I connected the two large cornrows to make the design work for my big head lol.
Next I smoothed down the sides with ecostyler gel and edge control with a bristle brush, then gathered all of my hair into a low ponytail. I used black rubber bands to do the pull-through braid (you can watch the video to find out how to do it). Then, of course, I wrapped up my edges and went to bed!
Initially, I wore this with a pony made from Kanekalon hair (I’ll add a post later), which was very cute! But I’m going to class today and didn’t want anything heavy running around college lol.
Would you try this style?
Let me know in the comments! Or any other protective style you want me to try 🙂