PLAIT-FORMING

Long braids are on trend and turning heads. Take your plait game to the next level by getting your stylist to create a laddered braid using different coloured twine. This is an ideal style for outdoor festivals in warm weather.

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Wearing long braids, however, can place strain on your own hair, due to manipulation. Care for it and boost its resilience by apply a deep-protein treatment and leaving it on for 20-30 minutes the night before you have your braids done.

DESTINY recommends:

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, R30

Kamo wears a kimono, R18 500, David Tale. Earrings, R550, Lorne

ODE TO THE NINETIES

Take a trip down memory lane with this Janet Jackson-inspired Poetic Justice style. A headscarf is the perfect accessory (and tool) for creating it. Tie your box braids up using the scarf and finish by tying the ends together near the side or back of your head, leaving one end untucked and tucking in the other for a laid-back, bohemian effect.

When tying headscarves to your braids, the choice of material matters. While silk is breathable and best to use at night, cotton is ideal for daytime styling, ensuring that the material won’t slip and the styling’s hassle-free. Avoid applying oils directly to your hair when using headscarves to prevent absorption. Instead, care for your locks and scalp by spritzing them with a nourishing hairspray to control dandruff and give your hair a lustrous shine.

DESTINY recommends:

Caivil Hair & Scalp Nourisher, R35

Kamo wears a dress, R4 500 and lightweight scarf, R1 500, both David Tlale. Cosmo cuff, R5 150, Wild Card No 16 Cuff, R1 590 and Room Service earring (one of a pair), R1 790, all Kirsten Goss

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MAJESTIC PAIRINGS

Buns are a classically elegant style – and there’s no better way to add a regal touch than by incorporating braids. Add braided extensions to your bun, as well as to the front and sides of your head for extra impact.

Maintaining the combination of your natural or relaxed hair and braided extensions is made easier with styling products specifically for your hair type. Keep your natural/relaxed hair flawless and sleek by applying a small amount of medium-hold gel to it and brushing down any flyaways. Spray the braided portion of your style with a UV spray for moisture, shine and protection against sun damage.

DESTINY recommends:

Afro Botanics Black Pearl Hair Jelly, R51

Sta-Sof-Fro Hi Sheen Braid Spray, R27

Frema wears a mesh dress, R8 000, David Tlale. Wildcard No 21 necklace, R2 190, Kirsten Goss