Wanna know why freestyle feed-in braids are my favorite? There are absolutely no rules. Seriously, you can switch between straight or geometric parts, you can play with texture, size, and length—the options are basically endless and you have so much freedom. Quick refresher in case you’re new to The Braid Up crew: With the feed-in method, you don’t add in your braiding hair until after you’ve started braiding, giving you a smooth and seamless look.
Plus, it puts way less strain on your edges, so you don’t have to stress about tension or breakage. I mean, what’s not to love? This week, Stasha Harris passes the braiding duties to Thomas Schuyles, a stylist at her salon, to create a look that you’re going to want to copy ASAP.
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Into this look? Check out the tips below before you start braiding.
1. Detangle and blow-dry your hair beforehand. This is a must if you want to make parting your hair as easy as possible. How annoying would it be to have to deal with knots and tangles while braiding?
2. Keep your scalp hydrated. It’s sooo important if you want to keep your natural hair from drying out and eventually breaking off (not great). Spritz on a leave-in conditioner every morning and follow it up with a hair oil to lock in the moisture.
3. Smooth on a scalp cleansing serum to get rid of build up in-between wash days, since you’ll be using a good amount of product to keep it hydrated. You can also work in a dry shampoo that’ll leave your hair looking clean and smelling fresh.
4. Don’t leave your braids in for longer than six to eight weeks. Any longer than that and your braids will stretch out, break, and damage your new growth. And what’s the point of getting a protective style in the first place if you don’t take care of your natural hair?
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