Braid amateurs, rejoice—we’re breaking down the secret to a sleek twisted look that shows no signs of frizz. Click through the gallery ahead to discover the five key ingredients to a polished braid of any style, be it French, fishtail, or pipe.
Grab your favorite brush to gather the hair into your desired ponytail before starting to braid. Ours is the GHD Paddle Brush because it smooths down the hair sans knots or static.
If you're going for a ethereal-smooth braid, rub a pomade between your hands before braiding. If a sleek, glass braid is your goal, apply the Cock Grease Pomade Xxtra Hard for the illusion of a wet look without any crunch or heaviness. The water-based pineapple-smelling pomade is perfect for all hair types including curly and coarse hair textures. Applying it on your fingertips prior to braiding will polish the hair as you braid.
Hair ties without the right amount of stretch or exterior coating can create tension and pull the hair, causing unnecessary and painful hair loss. Secure your braid with one of Goody's Ouchless Latex Elastics—they blend in with darker hair types and stay on for hours.
Though optional, a hair dryer is a step to consider if you have stubborn strands at the root that won't stay flat or sleek. Gently hold the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer to the root as you brush down the length of your crown to set any flyaways.
Whether you're leaving some wispy baby hairs out or leaving no edge unlaid, this Piave Golden Plated Toothbrush is key for completing a sleek braid. Spray your favorite hairspray on its bristles or gently dip it into your go-to pomade then style your wispy baby hairs to your liking.