This summer has been many things, but “cool” and “carefree” definitely aren’t words I’d use to describe it. And while your plans for the season miiiight have shifted a bit (or, uh, a lot), that doesn’t mean your hair shouldn’t live its best life. Enter, these stitch braids with Marley twists: This cute hairstyle is made up of two tones and two styles, and when all of the different parts come together, the result is a look that basically screams “fun.” Our Braid Up hair guru, Stasha Harris, shows us how to get this style that’s equal parts cool and carefree.
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Into this look? Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Give yourself a blowout. This is an extra important step. I love the look of curls as much as the next person, but it’s way easier to get a sleek look on hair that’s been blown out. PS—this also makes it less challenging for your braider to blend your hair with the extensions.
2. Alternate between light brown and black braiding hair. IMO, the two-toned look instantly ups the cool factor of your twists. Before your appointment, make sure you talk to braider about how many packs of braiding hair you’ll need in each color.
3. Layer on the mousse. Once you’re done with the braiding process, apply a generous amount of mousse all over your hair, from the top of your scalp to the bottom of your twists. Then wrap it up and hit it with a blow dryer to set your braids.
4. Gather half of your twists from the back of your head to create a bun. Secure it with bobby pins to finish off your half-up, half-down look.
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