While this was exciting, it presented a problem. It had been several weeks since I had done any cornrows. I have been stuck on palm coils, which I absolutely love! (You can check out how we do palm coils HERE and how we care for palm coils during a week HERE.) So, I had not noticed that his hair had grown out so much. When I finished the top of his hair, it looked rather silly because the sides and back were all puffy. It looked like an old man's head with a bald spot on top and hair fluffing out at the sides. OK for an old man, but not for my two year old! I had started cornrowing with one plan (to only cornrow the top) and had to come up with a new plan to finish cornrowing the rest of his hair unless I wanted him to look like a tiny old man!
Thus, my introduction to freestyle cornrowing. It was not truly freestyle, since I did develop some sort of plan and planned it out to be somewhat symmetrical. But I did plan on-the-fly, so to speak, so I like to believe this was at least a small step into freestyling. Which, if you know anything about me, is a scary thing. I like to have things planned out and I very much (that may be an understatement) like to have things orderly - AKA symmetrical, straight lines, PLANNED.
This is how it turned out...
|The top - This is what I planned to do and be done.|
|Back, left side - My parts were not perfect, but I tried to keep the rows parallel to each other and about the same width. You can see where some of the rows joined up together.|
|Back, right side - I tried to make this side symmetrical with the left side in the back.|
I did a little better with the parts on this side.
I am excited that I can cornrow all of his hair now, but it does take more time. I now have to plan to do his hair over a whole day or on two separate days so he does not have to sit for too long at a time. He can usually sit for about 30-40 minutes while watching one of his favorite shows (he only gets to watch TV when he gets his hair done or on very rare occasions otherwise, so it is a special treat that keeps his attention). We take breaks whenever needed which makes it all take longer, but I try not to stress either of us out with long sessions of sitting.
I like how these cornrows turned out and I want to try to duplicate them again in the future.