‘The Braid Up:’ How to Do a Half Stitch with Braid

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Forget the half-up-half-down look, today let’s take a moment to appreciate the glory of the half-stitched hair. The next time you find yourself indecisive about whether to completely braid up your hair, or keep it free and unbraided in all its glory, here’s the perfect middle-ground look to show your stylist as a reference point. In today’s episode of The Braid Up, hairstylist Anika Foresta showed off how to perfectly execute this beauty. I’m personally obsessed with this vibe, simply because it keeps the front half of your hair protected, while still letting you get creative with the party in the back.

If you’re also into this gorg half-and-half energy, here are a few tips for how you can pull it off:

1. Just add oil. With so much of your natural hair out and unprotected, you’ll want to take steps to avoid damage from dryness. Massage a scalp oil throughout your roots every day to keep your scalp happy and moisturized.

2. Get creative with your baby hairs. There’s nothing quite like some wavy, laid edges. All you need is a small brush, some edge-control, and a silk scarf to have your baby hairs at Saweetie-level flawlessness.

3. Use an apple cider vinegar serum. BTW, you’ll still need to cleanse your hair even if half of it is braided up. In between those full-fledged wash days, apply a diluted apple cider vinegar serum through your scalp to help cut down on odors, grease, and irritation.

4. Spritz on an anti-itch serum. Okay, so you may not be aware of this, but a whole lot of hair scratching can still go down while you’re sleeping, even if you think you’re conked out. Misting an anti-itch serum on your scalp before bed will help ease any discomfort and keep you messing up those braids in the dead of night.

Hair: In collaboration with Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio Makeup: Ashley Johnson Videographer: Rob Mroczko Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre Director of Digital Series: Tara O’Connell

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