FYI: Protective styles don’t have to be basic or repetitive—and the Braid Up look we’re highlighting this week is proof. This hairstyle puts a fun twist on two classic protective styles: Senegalese twists and stitch braids. Plus, it checks off all the boxes—it’s low-tension, low-maintenance, super-easy to style, and, of course, IG-worthy. Seriously, the colorful twists paired with the sleekness of the stitch braids makes this style unique and bold. This week, our hair expert, Stasha Harris, is passing off braiding duties to Nastacia Crooks-Brady.
Down to get creative with your next look? Watch the video above, then peep the tips below for some pointers before you start braiding and twisting.
1. Separate your hair into triangle parts for your twists. Forget the square parts that you always do—switch things up and part your hair into triangular shapes for a cool and geometric twist.
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3. Layer on mousse after your braiding session ends. This ensures that your hair stays sleek, and that no flyaways pop up and derail your new look. Put two to three pumps of mousse on top of your braids, wrap them with a durag, then hit them with a blow dryer to set your style.
4. Add rollers to your ends, then dip them into hot water. This trick finishes off your braids by making sure they’re sealed and secured. Plus, adding in rollers will give your twists slightly wavy and bohemian-inspired ends. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then carefully dip in your ends.
✨Bonus Tip: How dope is the negative space cat-eye that our model rocks in the video? You’ll want to use gel liner to recreate the look, and to keep everything sharp, dip a Q-tip in makeup remover to clean up any messy edges. Next, grab a gel to fill in your brows and you’re good to go!
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