These Boho Stitch Braids Are Your Newest Obsession

Ama Kwarteng

From Cosmopolitan

Festival season is upon us, and you're probably wondering what to do with your hair. You could do box braids or a feed-in ponytail, but you don't want to look like every other girl on Instagram—I get it. Insert these bomb-ass boho stitch braids brought to you by The Braid Up. The look is made up of zig-zag parts, loose ends, and laid baby hairs. The end result? A cool, graphic style that you haven't seen on your feed yet. Our resident braid guru, Stasha Harris, shows us exactly how to bring this style to life.

Ready to recreate the style? Here's everything you need to know:

1. Pick your perfect braid length and thickness. Before you start braiding, make sure you let your stylist know how long and thick you want your braids to be. Once you've reached your desired look, stop adding hair extensions and continue braiding all the way to your ends.

2. Lay your edges with a toothbrush if you have trouble using a rat-tail comb—it'll help you spread your edge control gel evenly throughout your hair. First, brush your baby hairs forward, and then add some gel onto the brush, directing your edges towards your hairline in whatever shape you prefer.

3. Reach for a rat-tail comb to part your hair, though, and create crisp zig-zag parts. Rat-tail combs have tiny teeth that make it easy to part your hair cleanly, which makes the entire braiding process go a lot smoother.

4. Sprinkle on some scalp oil to relieve any tightness. When you first get your hair braided, the skin under your hair can feel a little tight, leading to irritation. Thankfully, scalp oil helps fix the issue. Spray a little on your head every AM to help reduce inflammation and condition any dry patches.

And you're done! But before you run to make an appointment with your braider, be sure to watch the tutorial above.

Photo credit: The Braid Up

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

Senior Director: Jason Ikeler; Segment Producer: Erika Trombley; Videographer: Andy Clancy; Editor: Rashawn Colton; Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre

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