Confirmed: These Jumbo Stitch Braids Are My New Go-To Style

Ama Kwarteng

From Cosmopolitan

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of teeny-tiny braids (I mean, how cute are micro-braids??), but you know what's not cute? Sitting down for hours and hours just to get your hair braided. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, so this week on The Braid Up, we're introducing you to jumbo stitch braids—a style that looks fire and won't take a whole day to complete. Our hair guru, Stasha Harris, shows us exactly how it's done.

Down to recreate this look? Peep the tips and tricks below.

1. Load up on the edge control. Trust me, you literally can’t use enough of it—it’ll keep your parts and edges sleek. Be sure to grab one that'll give you long-lasting hold without the flakiness.

2. Separate your hair into a bottom half and a top half. Create six stitch braids in the top section (using a specific braiding technique to create stitch-like lines in the hair), and braid four straight-back cornrows in the bottom section. You're probably going to need braiding hair to create the braids; simply feed them into your natural hair while braiding to create thicker, fuller-looking braids.

3. Leave the ends undone. Grab small rollers and wrap the ends around them. Then, dip the end in hot water. This seals the ends of your braids, so they don't unravel, and it gives the curl hold.

4. Don’t forget to keep your hair conditioned. Just because your hair is in a protective style doesn’t mean you shouldn’t condition it. Use a leave-in conditioner mist to keep your hair from breaking or drying out while it’s braided up.

Don't forget to watch the video above!

Photo credit: The Braid Up

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

Fashion credits: Guess jumpsuit. Maria Black earrings.

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

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