Okay, I have to admit something: I was today years old when I learned you could transform your locs into box braids. I’ve been talking about how versatile locs are for, like, weeks, but I didn’t truly realize just how many looks you could whip up. So if you have locs and you’re in the mood to switch up your style, let me introduce you to these knotless box braids with locs for this week’s Braid Up. P.S. If you’re thinking of trying out these braids, make sure you go see an experienced professional, like our hair guru, Stasha Harris, who knows how to perfectly blend the texture of your locs with the texture of the hair extensions (you’ll see what I mean in the tutorial).
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Here’s everything you need to know before you recreate this hairstyle:
1. A rat-tail comb is your braiding savior. It’s the best tool to help you get smooth edges and sleek parts between your locs. The super-skinny tail allows you to part sections easily so you can get razor-sharp square parts with zero effort.
2. Dip your braids in hot water. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then carefully dip your braided ends into it. This one-minute step actually seals and secures your look, preventing your braids from unraveling.
3. Smooth two or three pumps of mousse on top of your braids. This helps prevent frizz and flyaways from popping up throughout the day. Work the mousse through your braids in the morning, wrap it up, and then hit it with a blow dryer.
4. Focus on your scalp care. It’s extra important to keep your scalp clean and moisturized. Spritz a leave-in conditioner on your scalp to help hydrate any dryness.
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