Braids are probably one of my favorite protective styles (lol, no surprise there). I just love that they’re just so versatile, and depending on the style you go for, they can last for weeks. That said, having so many options can be kinda overwhelming. So to make your life a little easier, The Braid Up is taking some of that decision-making off your plate. Meet your next braided look: this natural stitch bun.
At first glance, stitch braids might remind you of regular ol’ cornrows. But stitch braids are actually a more graphic style—the braider uses their pinky nails (yup) to create a train-track effect on your braids. The sleek finish and the sharp parts level up the cool factor of your look. It might seem a little complicated, but Cosmo‘s braid expert, Stasha Harris, shows us exactly how to bring this look to life. Keep reading for all the tips you need to keep in mind and the products you want to have on hand.
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1. Ditch the straight parts. Have your stylist part wavy, zig-zag lines into your hair instead of straight ones. They’re cool and graphic, giving your braids a unique twist.
2. Throw on a fake ponytail. A textured pony is an easy way to add instant length and volume to your style. And since you don’t need to sew it down, you can switch up your look by trying out all kinds of ponytail extensions (they come in so many styles).
3. But don’t sleep in it. Unless you want to mess up the volume of your new fake pony, I wouldn’t recommend sleeping on it. Take it off before you go to bed and throw it back on the next morning to keep the extensions in tip-top shape.
4. Moisturize your scalp. Scalp care is so important, especially when your natural hair is braided up. A daily leave-in scalp treatment not only helps seal in moisture for strong and healthy hair, but it also keeps flakes and itchiness at bay. P.S. Before you even start braiding, make sure you use a scalp scrub to create a clean foundation for your look.
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