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May 18, 2010

Alta Angel's Work Hair- Current Transitioner

Alta Angel teaches transitioners and naturals alike how to achieve a chic, massive bun even if length and volume are still lacking.


Alta Angel writes:

I have been transitioning for almost one year and this easy, professional style has been heavy in my rotation since month 9. I work in a corporate, relatively conservative environment, so my hair must reflect those same themes while I am at work. Buns have been my saving grace, and I do consider them to be a "protective style". Buns do not have to be frumpy or boring...they can be quite elegant if you are creative!

After washing/conditioning/steaming my hair in 6 braids:
  • I take down each braid and apply Qhemets Biologics Alma & Olive Heavy Cream and Olive and Honey Hydrating balm section by section and re-braid.
  • I sleep in a satin scarf/bonnet and let my hair dry overnight.
  • In the morning, I re-moisturize with a spritz and take out the braids. I apply aloe vera gel alone or combine with Eco Styler clear gel to my edges and nape and lightly brush up into a high ponytail.
  • I wrap the covered band around the ponytail twice and then wrap my little pony stub around the band and secure with a coated bobby pin.
  • At this point, I tie my hair down with a silk scarf so that my hair will "set" for about 15 minutes. I use this time to get dressed or put on my make-up.
  • I take my faux braid and secure it to my head (just above the ponytail)with two long, coated hair pins in an "X" formation.
  • I wrap the faux braid around the ponytail and secure with the "open" bobby pins.
I use Femi brand Kankaleon hair in color: 2A and type: "Marley Braids". The hair is secured at the top with a rubber band-do not remove! The Marley braids look like natural locks...to create the bun, I simply put the hair in three sections and braid into one large braid and fasten a black rubber band to the end. The hair definitely duplicates my 4a/b texture. This hair can be
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20 Chime in!:

LeChatNoir said...

I Love the new change you made to the site Nikki.

Anonymous said...

Pretty bun!

MrsLilRaven said...

I LOVE this!!

Awwww....Nikki, I love the new banner, so cute!!

Anonymous said...

Love the new banner! Thanks for this tip. I never thought of making a "fake" ponytail with Marley Braids to add to my small bun.

mood_indigo said...

I will definitely be adding this to my style arsenal. Thanks! :o)

Love the new banner Nikki!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! I did not realize that was a phony pony! LOL!!! The bun is fantastic!!!!

Anonymous said...

that bun is fantastic! thought it was her real hair! love the new banner!!

EbonyPearl said...

I love this style, and I too didn't think to use the Marley braids for a ponytail. I'm going to try it tonight!
(great website btw!)

Kayla said...

I do something similar to this, but with a straight pony because I'm not far in my transition. I wrap the track around my real ponytail and secure. Then I twist it up any way that I would any bun. I love this style and am excited to see that some else does it too!

Alta Angel said...

Thanks Everyone!

This bun has been a lifesaver during month 11 and 12 in my transition. I hope that I can last six more months!

MissCherie said...

I love the new layout and your cute bump!

Alicia said...

I would have NEVER guessed that her bun was fake hair! That style is classy, yet hot. Love it!

LadyCook said...

Cute style! Love the new banner as well!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! My job is very conservative also. When my hair grows out some more I might have to borrow this! ~Poeticlyspkng

Alana said...

cute new look Nikki!

rjdorsey said...

Love the new banner!! Had no idea the bun was a piece, it's a good look

Shell said...

Aw, I love the new mommy to be banner. I'm getting into protective styles now..so this look is another hair style for me to do.

Anonymous said...

love the bun

Joy said...

I convinced my mom to try this! Fingers crossed for tomorrow morning :)
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Love the banner!

MzChacon247 said...

Kankelon buns are my mainstay. It's amazing how many people believe that it's all "my" hair!

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