Stitch braids are a classic look for a reason—they’re sleek, they don’t take forever to braid, and you can keep them in for a while. But if you’ve been rocking stitch braids for literally as long as you can remember, you’re probs ready to switch up your style. That’s why this week on The Braid Up, we’re introducing you to ~these~ zigzag stitch braids. Trust—you’re going to be OBSESSED. Our hair braider extraordinaire Stasha Harris shows us how it’s done.
Ready to bring this look to life? Peep everything you need to know below.
1. Give yourself a deep-conditioning treatment. Adding extra moisture to your hair before you start braiding is a MUST. When it comes to protective styles, you want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized beforehand in order to prevent any breakage or damage. So, massage in a deep-conditioning mask to make sure your hair is hydrated and ready to go.
2. Part your hair into sections first. This is a good tip to give your braider (if he or she doesn’t already know to start with this step)—it basically helps them map out all the sections before braiding. It’ll also make sure that every section is even and the entire braiding process goes smoothly. Create six different sections with the zigzag parts.
3. Create six large stitch braids. Stitch braids are created by feeding in braiding hair (aka when you blend extensions in with your natural hair to create a longer or thicker braid), using a specific braiding technique to create stitch-like lines in the hair.
4. Layer on a non-flaky edge control. Edge control is your holy-grail product for this style. You’re going to be using it on your edges and your parts to make sure they look sharp. Be sure to load up with one that is long-lasting and won’t flake.
That’s it! Before you run to your braider, watch the video above to see the entire process.
Hair: Magic Fingers Studio; Makeup: Lakeisha Dale; Stylist: Ann Wang; Beauty Assistant: Ama Kwarteng
Senior Director: Jason Ikeler; Producer: Amanda Kabbabe; Videographer: Josh Archer; Editor: Andrew Desgaines; Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre