The easiest way to turn your braided style into an all-out fashion statement? Add in another shade. And nope, you don’t need to buy any hair dye. This week on The Braid Up, we’re proving that you can test out a bold hair color without fully committing—all you need are some colored extensions. By feeding in blonde hair extensions with black ones, you’re able to transform a simple look into a hairstyle that’s effortlessly cool and statement-making. This look deserves allll the fire emojis. And lucky for you, Cosmo’s braid queen, Stasha Harris, is going to show you how to whip up this look yourself.
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Before you try out this style IRL, here’s what you need to keep in mind.
1. Blow-out your hair beforehand. It’s a million times easier to get the stitch effect on hair that’s already blow-dried and knot-free. Plus, the smoother your braids are, the less likely you’ll have to deal with frizz and flyaways.
2. Give your scalp some TLC. Massage a hair growth oil (something that’s packed with vitamins) into your scalp to keep your hair thriving long after you take your braids out.
3. Work in an ACV serum to absorb buildup. Yes, you still need to cleanse your hair even when it’s braided up. Buuut, if you need to take an extra day (or two) in between wash days, work a diluted apple cider vinegar serum through your scalp to soak up any residue.
4. Spritz on an anti-itch serum or soothing spray before bed. Whether you realize it or not, sometimes you’ll scratch your hair while you’re snoozing, which can frazzle your roots and your braids, leading to frizz. A serum or a spray will moisturize your hair while also relieving any tension.
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