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Ode to The Snatchback

6 Nov

  Snatchback (noun) – a ponytail or bun with slick edges. The hair in the ponytail/bun may be either curly, straight or weave (if necessary). NOTE: this term is a “Sham-ism” so you won’t find it in Websters 😉

 

This hairstyle is one of the biggest reasons I opted for a long-term transition to natural. Before I started roller setting, I used to straighten my roots to match my relaxed ends. Then summertime came & the Alabama heat ended all of that! One day I read a post on Mane and Chic about Sarah Jessica Parker’s high bun. Kai talked about how during the beginning of her transition, her hair wasn’t long enough for a full bun, so she purchased wefts of hair & clipped them onto her ponytail to achieve fullness. Brilliant! So on bad hair days, or a hairwash procrastination day, I started to snatch it back.

To create the snatchback I dampen my hairline, apply a bit of gel & brush my hair back into a ponytail. I tie a scarf around my edges & finish getting ready, while it dries. Once it’s dry I undo the taut ponytail & replace it with a looser one. This gives my snatchback a sleek look without prolonged tension! NOTE: pulling your hair too tight can cause hair loss, not to mention tension headaches, so take it easy! The weft of human hair that I used to add was the Spanish wave texture; straight hair just didn’t look believable on me. I wrapped it around my own hair then stuck bobby pins in it to secure it. That’s actually my hair in the pics above, I didn’t take any pics of my phony pony, so you’ll hafta use your imagination 🙂

BTW, there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with big chopping! I just preferred the style options that a long-term transition provides.

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One Response to “Ode to The Snatchback”

  1. Skills November 8, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    This is so clever …. setting it tightly first to get the hair smooth, but then re-setting it once dry with a looser ponytail! You know, that essentially happens when I do my hair the first day and re-do it the next. But, I never do it on the same day. Well, guess that’s because half the time I’m running out of the house with the scarf on for it to dry!!! LOL!! Also, I never really set it tightly because I use the banana clip as I always lose hair removing ponytail holders, so I almost never use them anymore.

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