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Knot-Weave Up-Style (2)

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The next step is securing the hair at the nape area of the neck into the style you desire.
In our demonstration, we simply divided this portion of the head into three panels and swept them up around the twist. The ends of the panels were either tucked into the loop of the twist (as with the left-most panel and middle panel) or carefully slipped under itself (in the case of the right-most panel). The panels were carefully smoothed, and misted lightly with hairspray.
There is an option here to vary the look of the finished style. Instead of sweeping the nape area portion of the hair up into the twist, you could perhaps divide it into two rows and create a fall of spiral curls using a curling iron. Another option would be to continue the theme or knotting and weaving and divide the nape area portion into small square sections which would then be finished in he same manner in which we would finish the top.
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However you choose to finish the nape area portion, it's time to talk about the knotting and weaving technique. This technique is actually very simple, but you'll need to think through your design. You want to take two strands of hair (the small square sections you've secured at the front hairline) and cross them into a 'half-knot' by bringing one strand around and under the other then pulled to form the "loose knot". The knot should be secured in place using a small bob pin, and the two loose ends can be clamped with a small hair clip to keep them together yet separate from the others.
Continue creating knots by selecting the hair strands two at a time. The exact configuration is entirely up to you, based on how you want the final weave to look. Once you've created the first set of knots. Alternate the strands and continue back until you've reached the crown where the French twist is located. The ends of the hair strands can then be tucked away carefully in the loop of the twist, or under the "seam" so that they are out of the way.
Once you've completed the knotting and weaving, and have secured the ends of the hair strands, you can remove any of the bob pins that are visible along the knots, as they are no longer strictly needed.
The finished style is playful, yet elegant, and would be ideal as a prom hairstyle, or for a young woman attending any formal dance. It's probably not a style that would suit any woman over the age of 30, but elements of the style could certainly be used in creating one that would.
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