I'm going to sit right down and admit that I am not the one to head up a challenge. Maybe it's the time of year and the business of entertaining while staying on top of the already busy life. Maybe it's the fact that leaving a style in for a very long time doesn't require much effort. Maybe it's because I'm just too busy to get really creative with it....I don't know.
I'll say that the beauty of LTP for me is just letting go, enjoying life and realizing that I don't have to be a slave to keeping the fuzz perfectly at bay.
It's been fantastic for all the girls but Mg2 in particular. I just can't believe how long her hair can hold a style. We went for a solid month and when I took the style down I realized I could honestly have gone longer by just redoing her edges and a couple of twists along her center part. I could take LTP to the max with her. If she ever dreads her hair...she won't have an ugly stage. She'll move effortlessly into some fabulous locks. Out of all my girls I can see her taking the leap sooner.
Some things I did:
1. Accessories. Headbands. Flowers. Barrettes. Clips.
2. Sets. A braid out or twist out on damp hair over night will not only stretch out the shrunken protective style but will tame the fuzz and give the look a completely different flavor. Add a statement headband and you're ready. This is my favorite tactic and has saved me so much time and stress when we were entertaining and I really didn't have time to do much more for the girls.
In the past--when I believed every stray strand had to be tightly and smoothly tamed, I would have made us all miserable trying to squeeze in a mega styling session--while preparing to entertain. I could shed buckets of tears remembering the "ouches" and the "please sit still, I know it hurts but we have to get through this."
3. Last leg.....cute hats.
4. Wash the hair in the braids/style. Let dry fully then braid out/twist out/bantu knot out/roller set, etc., for another week, ending with a puff. I didn't do it this time around but in the warmer months I love getting everything I can before having to detangle again.