Zulu Hair!

I attended the Zulu Ball this Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a strictly formal event, and spent most of January wigging out about what I would do with my hair. I had a dress all picked out, shoes, purse, and jewelry, but what could I do with my cap of curls that wouldn't be boring or standard?? I found a great solution!

I decided to go with a modified 20's look -- a tight cap of curls with a crystal floral hair piece that I made myself! Brilliant right? :)

To get the look: I performed my first rollerset with the little blue magnetic rollers from Sally Beauty Supply. Since I'd never done it, and didn't know what setting lotion to use or whatever, I went with tried and true: I used Kinky Curly Curling Custard! Besides being a bit gooey and taking a long time to dry (an hour under my beloved hood dryer is not too high a beauty price to pay, right?), it came out wonderfully. I rolled my hair in a "brick laying pattern", back to front, using the roller caps to stretch and hold my hair to the roller. After drying, I coated my fingertips in evoo and pulled the curls apart with my fingers. I also carefully ran my fingers through the roots to erase the parting lines.

To create the piece: I went to Michaels. In the bridal decorations section, I found "crystal leaves" pre-mounted on thin silver wire (I've searched the michael's website for a pic of this... in vain). I also bought swarovski crystals. I went home, pulled the leaves apart and re-twisted them in a 3-dimensional flower pattern, and used a hot glue gun to attach the additional crystals for glitter and shine. I used a simple large bobby pin to attach it to above my left ear (where I always wear flowers).

It was a rousing success! I'm sure I don't have to tell you how wonderful all the sisters looked in all their Mardi Gras finery, but I was the ONLY one rocking a hair flower. I got lots of compliments from men and women, and it was one of those rare zen moments where your outside perfectly matches your inside. Selah.


Cadetrus said...

You look gorgeous! Great job on the crystal flower, you ever thought about a side hustle of hair accesories!

Black girl with long hair said...

this is so pretty!

Peajai said...

Absolutely beautiful!

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