s Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” While this week’s The Braid Upstyle isn’t about a haircut (sorry, Coco—still love you), it is about a short braided hairstyle that you can wear to make it seem like you cut your hair. And that, in itself, is life-changing. The braided-bob style really reached ultimate popularity during the ’90s, but what’s old is always eventually new again, and 2019 is the perfect time for you to try this look on yourself. It’s an easy way to revamp your usual box braids while still protecting your natural hair. And helping you get this braided bob is none other than our hair-braider extraordinaire, Stasha Harris.
Ready to add this style to your rotation? Here’s everything you need to know. Make sure your parts are on point. To get the sharpest lines for your box braids, use a rat-tail comb and a non-flaky edge-control gel. Try out African Pride Black Castor Miracle Extra Hold Braid, Loc, and Twist Gel or Lottabody Control Me Gel to ensure your edges and parts are sleek. And tell your stylist (or whoever’s helping you create this look) that you want an asymmetrical element. According to Sasha, an off-center part makes it easier to keep braids out of your face so that you can live your best life.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with color. While Sasha uses ombré hair extensions to complete this look, you can choose any shade you want—black, purple, brown, etc. Your options are never-ending. To keep your braids smooth and sleek, wear a silk bonnet overnight or sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase. And, before you go to bed and right when you wake up, spritz your braids with a leave-in conditioner mist to keep them from drying out while they’re tied up. Try Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner—it’s super lightweight and will keep strands hydrated without causing buildup. Plus, it’ll help prevent frizz, which is a significant plus. Before you run to your salon, make sure to watch the video first to see the braided bob tutorial in action!