I totally get it—retiring your favorite braided style is hard. I mean, it’s your go-to hairstyle for a reason, and there are so many variables at play when it comes to trying out a new look. Like, what if you absolutely hate it? What if it looks bad?! Well, that’s where this week’s Braid Up comes in hand, because Stasha Harris, our braid extraordinaire, has a look that you’ll instantly fall in love with: Pop Smoke-inspired braids. The look, inspired by the late rapper, pairs stitch braids with box braids to give you an effortlessly gorgeous hairstyle with a sleek aesthetic. Prepare to be mesmerized.
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If you’re down to copy this look, peep the tips below. Quick warning: You’re definitely gonna check yourself out every time you pass a mirror.
1. Start by detangling your natural hair. Hit your curls with a spray bottle full of water, or work a lightweight leave-in conditioner in your hair before detangling. Adding moisture to your hair prevents breakage by making your curls easier to comb through.
2. Don’t stitch braid your entire head. Save the Pop Smoke side stitch braids for the front of your head, and have your stylist box braid the remaining part of your head. Not only will this give you a multi-layered look, but it’s also a fun way to add a twist on classic box braids.
3. Use different shades of braiding hair. This is a surefire way to make your braids stand out from the crowd. Stasha mixes in brown and blonde braiding hair with black extensions to create a look you can’t miss.
4. Wear a satin bonnet to bed. You need to take care of your braids the same way you would your natural hair, which means wrapping them up in a bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillowcase to retain moisture and prevent friction.
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