What’s old is new again, right? This week on The Braid Up, we’re giving you a fresh and unique twist on the classic natural-hair pin up. Meet the stitch-braided pin up—it’s made up of a combo of stitch braids, your natural hair, and a little bit of silver thread. Our hair braiding guru, Stasha Harris, is giving us all the deets on how she created this look IRL.
If you know how to braid your own hair or you’re with someone who knows how to braid, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Make sure your hair is parted perfectly. The parts are a major key to this look. The one tool that’ll help you achieve them? A rat-tail comb—the fine teeth will make sure your parts are extra sharp.
2. Lay your edges with a toothbrush if you have trouble using a rat-tail comb—it’ll help you spread the edge-control gel evenly throughout your hair. First, brush your baby hairs forward, then add some gel onto the brush, directing your edges toward your hairline in whatever shape you prefer.
3. Secure your natural hair with bobby pins. Feel free to use a ton of them—you’re going to need it to make sure the pin up stays intact! Also, pro tip: Wrap your hair up in a silk or satin scarf (or sleep on a silk pillowcase) to help make sure that your natural hair (and your braids) stay smooth and flyaway-free for as long as possible.