How to Create S-Stitch Braids in 2022

Hey, I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life, but I will feel free to determine your protective style choices. And if these S-stitch braids aren’t on your inspo board by now, you’re just not doing things right. Trust: This hair is simply *the* moment, and encompasses everything that there is to love about cornrowed styles. I mean those stitch braids are like modern architecture. New York City-based stylist Shateeka Garrison was the artist behind today’s handiwork on The Braid Up, and you’re gonna wanna peep how exactly it all came together.

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Ready to recreate? I know you are. So, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

1. Detangle your hair first. I think we should try to make life easier however we can. When it comes to braiding, detangling beforehand is the greatest way to smooth out the process. A detangling comb or brush will help get the knots out. Make sure your hair is also super moisturized to prevent too much breakage from happening.

2. Give the braids some extra hold. Edge control is actually a useful hack to accomplish clean, sleek braids. Dab some in between the parts as you braid to give the S-stitch braids an extra-fresh vibe, and also to easily organize your hair throughout the whole process.

3. Try a rattail comb. I know you wouldn’t expect a world-class chef to cook without a kitchen set, or an artist to whip up a masterpiece without their paintbrush. That is to say, if you think that you can go with out a precision comb while creating this look, think again.

4. Use a silk pillowcase. There’s a lot of pain in this world, but nothing quite as heartbreaking as witnessing a protective style grow prematurely old/fuzzy (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but still). If you’d like to avoid such a tragedy, sleep on a silk pillowcase. Even if you’re already wearing a bonnet, it’s an added layer of protection, just in case that slips off or something.

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Hair: In collaboration with Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio
Makeup: Ashley Johnson
Videographer: Rob Mroczko
Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre
Director of Digital Series: Tara O’Connell

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