I’m Fully Obsessed With These Freestyle Stitch Braids

Ama Kwarteng

From Cosmopolitan

Look, I love stitch braids just as much as the next person—but after doing the same style over and over again, they can get a little meh. There’s a reason I always end up coming back to them though (and nope, it’s not because I hold on to things a liiittle longer than I should): Stitch braids are a guaranteed cute look that (a) really lasts and (b) doesn’t take hours on end to complete.

So this week on The Braid Up, we’re revisiting the classic look...only there’s a slight twist. Meet the freestyle stitch braid: a combination of six large stitch braids and teeny-tiny braids in between (aka the perfect break from your usual straight-backs). Our hair-braiding extraordinaire Stasha Harris gives us all the deets on how to get this look, below.

Down to recreate this look? Here’s everything you need to know.

1. Lather up with a sulfate-free shampoo. It’ll cleanse your hair—giving you a good foundation for your braids—without stripping your hair of its natural oils.

2. Part your hair into six sections. Psst: This is a good tip to give your braider. Mapping out the sections before you start braiding helps make sure every section is even and that the entire process goes smoothly.

3. Lay on edge control throughout your hair. This is the only way to make sure your sections and parts look sleek. Grab a non-flaky one and slap it on the back of your hand for easy access while parting.

4. Hit your braids with mousse before you go to bed. Want your braids to last longer? Work about two pumps of mousse through your braids at night before covering them in a silk scarf to sleep. Doing so helps tame frizz and flyaways and makes sure your hair looks 100 for as long as possible.

There you go! Don’t forget to check out the video above before booking your appointment.

Photo credit: The Braid Up

Hair: Magic Fingers Studio; Makeup: Lakeisha Dale; Stylist: Ann Wang; Beauty Assistant: Ama Kwarteng

Senior Director: Jason Ikeler; Producer: Amanda Kabbabe; Videographer: Josh Archer; Editor: Andrew Desgaines; Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre

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