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For an eye-catching, bold silhouette, Alicia Howell of Fabstylez Hair & Braid Studio in Columbia, SC presents a protective braided style. Chocolate-colored spirals are twisted to dazzling lengths in this chic coif!


Step 1

Have your hair pro cornrow your mane by braiding back with a few rows across the back braided from side to side. Sew the end of the braids that are left loose with a needle and thread.


Step 2

Use a latch hook crochet needle to attach the extensions. Start from the back and take the pre-twisted hair to crochet through the braids.


Step 3

Don’t space the twists too far apart because you may be able to see the braids in between. Howell recommends not going any wider than a pinky finger’s width apart.

Step 4: Finish

Once the top half of the hair is gathered into a large bun using an elastic band, secure hair and use edge control to smooth down edges. The style will last about a month as long as you keep it tied down at night. Clip off any frizz with a pair of scissors.



Singer Andra Day is often referred to as “the future of soul” and was discovered by music legend Stevie Wonder. Andra’s signature style is vintage with a modern twist. Whether she is rocking old Hollywood waves, a modern pin-up hairstyle, or anything-but-ordinary curly bangs tied in a silk scarf, she is no doubt set to be a major fashion icon. Her routine? “I’ll take my natural hair and roll it up into the beehive. Next, I’ll take pieces of my hair and straighten it over the top. For the bang, I’ll just run a curling wand through it for the smaller curls. Then I just pin it up.” Recreate her stunning silhouette in less than 30 minutes!

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