This week on The Braid Up, we’re bringing you a look that checks all the boxes: It’s low-maintenance and cool, and it doesn’t take hours to install. Yes, dreams really do come true. The best thing about these rubber band braids is that they require little maintenance (like a cooler, more IG-worthy version of your battle bun). Plus, the rubber bands add a touch of playfulness to the sleek stitch-braid hairstyle — so this look basically deserves all those brand emojis. And to show us how it’s done, our hair expert, Stasha Harris, leaves braiding duties to Knolesha Hammary.
Here’s everything to keep in mind when trying this look:
This article originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com
#1 Start with a blank canvas
Before you start braiding, you’ll want to make sure your hair is freshly washed, conditioned, and detangled. This will ensure it is in tip-top shape for your new braids. PS When detangling, start from your ends and work your way up to prevent any breakage.
#2 Prepare your braiding tool kit
If you’re getting ready, you don’t need to get ready – just make sure you have all your supplies on hand before you get started. You’ll need a ponytail comb, barrettes, rubber bands, edge control, mousse and shine spray to achieve this look.
#3. Wrap your hair before you snooze
To keep mugs from flying away, slap on a silk or satin scarf before hitting the sheets. This will protect your hair from friction that causes frizz while you sleep.
#4 Create your braids with warm water
If your braids start to get a little fuzzy after a week or two, bring a pot of water to a boil and gently dip your braids from the middle to the ends. Then wrap a microfiber towel around your braids to dry them off. Dipping your hair again in warm water will seal the ends, clean up any flyaways and keep everything looking fresh.