Let’s get back to braiding basics. Here’s how it’s done.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
This style will work best for medium to long relaxed hair or a weave. Comb your hair to one side. Secure with three pins in a vertical line. Then begin twisting the hair inward in an anticlockwise direction, almost like you’re adding a roller. Once the twist has been rolled into your hair, secure with more pins to keep it in place. Complete the look with versatile Mizani 25 Miracle Milk to smoothen, detangle and hold hair in place.
We believe simple is better. But that doesn’t mean your hair has to be boring – the simplest styles also tend to make the best updos. Your natural hair has an advantage here. Heavily textured hair is great for setting updos because of a stronger grip. Next time you need an elegant updo, try these on for size.
This style is a stacked bun that rises like the tallest towers. Begin by brushing your hair up to form a top knot and tuck in the ends, securing with a pin. Next, add a hairpiece by tying the band over your top knot and parting the hair in the middle to form two sections. Begin by twisting each section of the hairpiece. Once the two lengths are twisted, twisting each section around your top knot in opposite directions (your hands will cross each other). Once you reach the ends, use pins to secure.
This bun supports the half-up-half-down trend. Short, natural and relaxed hair will need a little help here – either a clip-in ponytail or a hairpiece. Tie your hair into a side knot and twist the hairpiece around it until about half the length has been wound up. Let the rest of the hair fall loosely down the side, and secure to achieve your perfect mix of Telenovela glam and casual-messy. To complete the look, insert an oversized red flower to capture that Latin flare.
The best and simplest style for natural short hair or a curled weave. Beginning at the nape, comb your hair up and forward so that the ends touch your forehead. Tie a bandana from the back and fasten at the front of your hair. Then use an afro comb to comb the ends of your hair forward so they tickle your forehead or sit at the top of your head if your hair is very short.
Create your favourite bouncing curls with a curling tong, then use a product like Mizani True Textures Twist and Coil Jelly to enhance and maintain your coils. Part your hair about 5cm left of centre. Braid the hair onto your scalp, and fasten with a pin. Use an Afro comb to comb your hair up and to the left side of your hair. Pin this section so it keeps to the left.
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