At the newly rebranded Cushnie label, designer Carly Cushnie set her individual tone with a collection replete with electric pops of colors and island vibes, and Sade-inspired low, braided ponytails. We snagged TRESemmé NYFW Stylist, Ursula Stephen backstage to talk about the hairstyle, which, much to our delight is actually effortless (any braid amateur can pull it off). “So sexy, so classic, so effective,” is how Stephen, celebrity hairstylist to Zendaya and Ciara, explained the long braids. And if pulling off a show without her partner, Michelle Ochs, for the first time in a decade wasn’t enough, Cushnie’s solo debut matched the hairstyle’s achievability factor, something women everywhere lust for in a look. “Braids are empowering just because you can do them yourself. When you have nothing else to do with your hair, it’s that great alternative look where you can still look good. Long gone are bad hair days, because if you can’t your hair done, do a quick braid or a quick topknot with a braid,” Stephen said.
The key product to prepping the long braids was heat protectant spray, but Stephens make a strong case for using the product in every style you’re going for: “The best product to use to prep before a braid is a heat protectant. People look at me crazy when I say this, but whether or not you’re flat ironing or blow drying or letting it air dry, your hair is receptive to damage especially on a hot summer day. So spray it with a heat protectant before you do any style.” Keep scrolling for the steps to the timeless braid, courtesy of Sade and Stephen.
Get the Look: Sade Low Ponytail Braid
- Spritz a heat protectant spray all over wet hair then blow dry
- Brush hair straight back into a sleek, low ponytail then secure with a black rubber band
- Braid the ponytail down and secure with a black rubber band
- Apply a dime-size amount of strong hold gel on your finger then tame flyaways
- Finish with a medium hold hairspray to hold strands in place