Need your next braided style served up for ya? Keep reading to A) get a closer look at this beautiful butterfly braid and B) learn how to recreate it yourself.
First, create a triangular part at your hairline and secure that section with an elastic band. Next, make a curved part at the left corner of your forehead and define it using edge control gel. My go-to is the Cantu Edge Stay Gel. Repeat the last step, but make sure the part is in line with the top of your left ear.
Begin to stitch braid a section of hair to the left of the part you made at the corner of your forehead, pulling in more hair as you braid all the way back to the crown of your head. Clip the loose ends aside. (FYI: You’re going to be creating a loose cornrow down the center of your head at the end, which is the reason you need to keep the loose ends out as you go.) Directly under the stitch braid you just made, create a tiny curved cornrow.
Below the small cornrow, create two more slightly curved stitch braids, utilising the remaining hair by the nape of your neck.
Above the very first stitch braid, make a curved cornrow that starts two inches back from your hairline; leave the ends unbraided. Then, starting at your hairline, create another cornrow right above it. Follow those braids with yet another stitch braid, again leaving the ends out when you reach the back of your head.
Repeat the exact same braiding pattern on the right side of your head, starting to the right of the triangular section in the center of your hairline.
Next, leave out two inches at the front of your hairline, twist it, and push it to the side. Then, begin to braid a thicker cornrowed mohawk braid, using all of the loose ends from the stitch braids and cornrows you previously braided, down the middle of your head.
Once you’re finished braiding, coat your head with mousse and cover with wrap strips. Hit it with heat from a blow dryer to set the style, and then remove the wrap.
Grab the front section of unbraided hair and create a loose feed-in box braid with extensions for a thicker finish. Fluff out the braid after for an even fuller effect.
Finally, make an invisible stitch, attaching the box braid to the cornrowed mohawk. I used a C-curved weave-in needle and weave-in thread to do so. To complete the look, tie off and cut the thread and you’re done!
This article originally appeared on COSMOPOLITAN US
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