A lot of us are now a little over a month into social-distancing—and our braids and hair extensions are officially starting to grow out (if they haven’t already). IDK about you, but my hair has been in a sad bun for the past couple of weeks, and it’s time for a change. That’s why this week on The Braid Up, we’re giving you a look that’s not super complicated, but still super cute. Meet the natural braid ponytail: I promise, it’s legit so easy, and it won’t take your quarantine partner hours to complete. Our hair braiding guru, Stasha Harris, shows us how it’s done.
Here’s everything you need to know if you decide to rock this look at home:
1. Give yourself a blowout. It’s easier to get a sleek look on hair that’s been blown out, so wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo that won’t strip your natural oils, and then blow it dry.
2. Reach for a rat-tail comb and create crisp zigzag parts. Rat-tail combs have tiny teeth that make it easy to part your hair cleanly, which helps the entire process go a lot smoother.
3. Feed in braiding hair. You’re probably going to need braiding hair to create an IG-worthy ponytail. Simply feed them into your natural hair while twisting to create a longer and fuller-looking pony.
4. Spritz your look with a leave-in conditioner mist. A lightweight leave-in conditioner will help keep your hairstyle from breaking or drying out.