Bring These Jumbo-Braid Looks to Your Stylist ASAP

Ama Kwarteng
·2 min read

From Cosmopolitan

When it comes to braids, classic styles are always being remixed, revamped, and made new. It’s one of the best things about the style—there’s always another unique look out there for you to play around with or make your own. The looks we’re featuring on this week’s Braid Up? Yeah, they definitely fall into that category. Jumbo feed-in braids are the OG name for the hairstyle, but once the late rapper Pop Smoke made them his signature style, people began to refer to them as 'Pop Smoke braids'.

Whatever you choose to call them, one thing’s for sure: These sleek braids are absolute fire. And, lucky for you, our braiding expert Stasha Harris pulled together three different versions for your viewing pleasure. You're welcome.

Here's what to keep in mind when trying out these looks:

1. Lock moisture into your hair before braiding. Prepping your natural hair for the braiding process is super important—not only does it give you a nice and healthy foundation for your braids, but by infusing your hair with hydration, you're also minimizing any potential breakage. Be sure to detangle properly and work in a deep-conditioning mask before any braiding begins.

2. The feed-in method is a major key. You have some wiggle room when it comes to recreating these hairstyles—feel free to use whatever color braiding hair you want—but the one thing that you can't switch up is the braiding technique. The feed-in method is what gives this style its sleek look. By starting the braid with your natural hair and gradually feeding in hair, you get a more natural and seamless finish.

3. Donn't forget to use hair oil. It's important to make sure that you're keeping your natural hair hydrated while you're rocking braids, so massage in a conditioning hair oil regularly. If you ignore this v important step, you're basically asking for your hair to grow dry and brittle, making it more prone to breakage.

4. Take your braids out after eight weeks. Speaking of breakage, you should remove your braids after six to eight weeks and then hit pause on protective styles for a bit. This gives your natural hair a much needed break; doing back-to-back-to-back braids can put a lot of stress and tension on your hair, leading to damage. And isn't the point of a protective style in the first place to grow your hair strong and healthy? Give your hair a breather between braided looks to make sure you're not setting yourself (and your hair growth) back.

Hair: Magic Fingers Studio; Associate Beauty Editor: Ama Kwarteng

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