This week on The Braid Up, we’re switching things up for y’all. Our model this week is our braiding superstar Stasha Harris. Yup, that’s right—Stasha’s the star of the show this time (TBH, though, isn’t she always?) and Sherelle Holder, a stylist based in Maryland, is creating the look. The hairstyle in question? It’s a loc double bun, which probably looks different from what you’d imagine after hearing just the name. Instead of placing a bun on each side of Stasha’s head, Relle places one on top of the other. If it sounds cool, that’s because it is. I mean, if I’m going to be honest with you, it’s basically an architectural hair masterpiece.
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Keep these tips in mind before you give this look a try:
1. Before your stylist gets started, spritz on a leave-in conditioner. It’ll hydrate your hair and lock in some much needed moisture before you start the re-twisting process.
2. Use the palm technique to re-twist your locs. It sounds kind of complicated, but I promise it’s not. Basically, once you’ve laid gel to the loc, you (or your stylist) is going to hold it in between your palms, applying a decent amount of pressure. Then, slide your palms in opposite directions until you reach the ends—this allows the loc to twist evenly and without a ton of flyways.
3. Leave out a few locs in the front to create a super-cute side bang. Throw the remaining locs into a ponytail, and then wrap the locs around one another to whip up a bun. Don’t forget to secure it with a few bobby pins, or by tucking the ends of the locs into the bun.
4. Take a foam bun, wrap one long faux loc around it, and then stack it on top. This is how the double bun comes together! Trust me, you don’t want to try and create one with your real locs—they’d have to be extra long, and locs that long would end up being way too heavy for your head. The foam bun is a 10/10 compromise, IMO. Keep it in place with a needle and thread, or a ton of bobby pins, to prevent a Leaning Tower of Pisa situation.
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