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Take your tresses game to the highest level with this amazing coif. Nelsheika Wallace, owner of Boo Babes Braid Bar in Temple Hills, MD, crafted this chic and classy upsweep. Trendy texture meets a stylish updo for the perfect mane move!


Step 1:

First, hair was cleansed and dried. Hair pro Wallace suggests opting for a moisture-rich formula when cleansing. Then, she applied oil on tresses prior to blow-drying. The client’s thinner edges were braided, starting at the nap going upward.


Step 2:

A small amount of Kanekalon hair, in a burnished red shade, was used to create the cornrows. After all the braids were created, Wallace took two pieces of Marley hair, brushed them out and twisted It onto the end of ach braid, allowing the fall slightly past the chin.


Step 3:

Next, a figure-eight shape was formed with the twists. Tresses were spiraled and tucked until it transformed into the desired silhouette. To keep the style in place the twists were sewn down.

Step 4: Finish


Wallace shares this look took about two hours to create and should last up to four weeks.



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Black-ish star Yara Shahidi is constantly on best-tressed lists. The young actress/activist embraces her Natural hair, but Yara also loves to play around with protective styles—just like this lux braided look she rocked on an episode of Black-ish. On handling hair looks on set Yara explains…

  • “We try to find protective styles [on set]. I just like to experiment and play around because it’s fun it’s cool.”

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