From the Keep Me Curly archives, here is a description of a wonderful elegant style that would be great for the holidays, depending on what kind of ribbon you weave through, or you can add a pretty flower or sprig of holly :)
I titled this one "The Ever After" style because I was inspired a few weeks ago when watching the movie by the same name. You know, that grown up version of Cinderella with Drew Barrymore??? Well, there are a lot of braids in that movie. I love movies set in that time, the clothes and hair are SO cool! I will try to explain the style:
Put in a Ear to Ear part. I didn't do mine very far back because I knew I was going to be doing that braided headband.
Put the hair in the back of the head into a braid to keep it out of the way. Then part out a section of the front middle. Then put in approximately 6 cornrows going from the forehead to the part line. I made mine curve a bit in the front for extra visual effect, but this is not necessary.
Part off hair on either side of this middle so that you will be adding a cornrow of the same size to BOTH sides of what you have already done. (When I did this I realized that I had not actually gotten my middle section very centered. So I first ended up having to add another row to the right side to even things up a bit. You can see I know have 7 cornrows for my middle.)
Starting on the right - begin your cornrow at the PART LINE (instead of the forehead) and row all the way to the forehead. Then keep braiding all the way to the end of the hair. You will now have one cornrow going the opposite direction of the others with a braid hanging down the side of her face.
Take the tail end of that braid and loop it across the forehead. Now take the hair that you sectioned off on the left side of the middle and begin to cornrow it normally from the forehead going back to the part line. EXCEPT that when you begin this row, use the tail end of the braid that you looped across the forehead as the 3rd strand of the braid. On V, the hair was just long enough to reach, so that tail end was only part of the very beginning of this cornrow. (GOSH, that sounds confusing! Hope you get it!)
Add 2 or 3 more cornrows on either side with the hair that is still left above the ears.
Make another ear to ear part about an inch or less behind the first one. Divide this into a row of box braids. You will need these to make the braided headband.
Starting on the left use the braids from the cornrows AND the second row of braids and make a cornrow from the ear to the MIDDLE of the head. (Just like how I braid together the braids for The Braided Crown.) When you get to the middle of the head, stop adding more braids and just braid the hair that you have all the way to the ends.
Repeat on the right side.
Now cross one of the braids over the other and lay both of the ends of the braids down behind the first ones.
Take the tail of the braid on either side and weave it under and around the braids in front of it to keep them in place.
Put box twists in the back section.
Weave a ribbon around the braided headband. If I had cut my ribbon longer I would have taken the two tails and tied them together around the back of her neck. But I didn't cut it long enough so I wrapped them around the braids behind each ear and tied them.
Click the KMC logo below to go to this post on how to do this style, complete with photos!
If you do your own holiday style this way, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!