So I created a very easy no sew, now glue gel packing hairstyle for my birthday. And I decided to share the process with you all because I am nice and I want you to slay on a budget.
To recreate my no sew, no glue Nigerian gel packing updo is quite simple and you don’t need to be an expert to do this just follow the steps as listed below. If your hair is long enough you don’t need to use gel unless you are aiming for a sleek, no flyaways result. Updos are more or less just gel packing. Gel packing reminds me of my childhood, did you try telephone wire (protective style) back then? raise your hands up if you did🙋,this Updo tutorial might be just what you need for Easter. The style cost me less than five hundred naira to create. You need –
- * Braiding hair (attachment)
* Scrunchie or elastic band
* Spritz bottle containing water
* Wide tooth comb and or a brush
* Bobby pins
* Gel (optional)
The braiding hair costs a hundred naira (100) each, totaling three hundred naira (300) for all three. The gel cost hundred naira (100), I know it’s not exactly healthy hair friendly but I had to improvise as I ran out of eco styler gel and erm, the relationship naira has with the dollar isn’t helping matters.
– Starting with clean stretched hair, I applied olive oil to my hair spritzed a little with water and combed my hair upwards to get it into a ponytail, I also did the same process with the brush to smoothen my hair.
I started to apply the gel in the same upward motion and then I tied with a thread to keep my tiny ponytail packed together, I let my hair air dry overnight.
Prepping The Braiding Hair.
I cut one of the braiding hair in halves and folded into two, I then attached the scrunchie to the middle and knotted once, I twisted it and put a rubber band at the tip to keep it from unraveling.
I didn’t cut the other two, I joined it together and repeated the same process.
Before attaching the braiding hair I applied a bit of olive oil to my hair for added shine.
Using the scrunchie that I attached to the braiding hair I secured both twists to my tiny ponytail with it.
I fluffed the twists a bit so it would look full and bigger.
I wish I made a video to demonstrate this step because explaining is a bit hard, basically, I put the longer twist over my ponytail to cover it up and pinned down with a Bobby pin.
From here on I just wrapped and pinned when I deemed necessary, I more or less just freestyled and let my fingers guide me, you can wrap in a circular motion, back to front, front to back or from left to right. Doesn’t matter how you do it as long as it turns out okay.
I wore it differently every day because I couldn’t get the same effect no matter how hard I tried.
Maintenance – the gel didn’t do much for hold(especially around my edges) I didn’t want to keep slapping it onto my hair every day instead I lightly mist my hair with water every morning, apply my Shea butter mix and tie a scarf over it for five minutes to lay my edges.
If this was helpful please share with friends, I love the styles I was able to create especially day 2, which do you prefer?
I created an updated gel packing updo video on my youtube channel.. Click to watch and subscribe
Happy Easter in advance lovelies. 😘
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