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The only real secret to braiding is patience. And while it can take some serious time to really perfect “the plait” (as our friends from across the pond like to call it), there is one thing that I always depend on when doing braided hair styles on my girls… Redken Rough Paste. The words paste + pomade may seem a lil’ sketch at first, but this has been my secret weapon in the war on clean hair for years. It’s water-soluable, oil-free, inexpensive and one tube will last you a good year or so. Before braiding, if my client’s hair is freshly washed + blown dried it’s lovely, but it’s a bit too soft, slippery + hard to control. And while we know braids are always easier to do on hair that’s a little dirty, it’s never as shiny. Here’s how I solve that problem…

  • Shampoo, condition + blowdry/airdry as usual.
  • After the hair is completely dry, massage Redken Rough Paste into the roots. (The size of a dime is plenty for your whole head!) I like to apply half that amount to the top of the head, then go back and apply the other half to the bottom part of the head because it gets a more even distribution. Rub it around in the palm of your hands first! It warms up and becomes more like a cream & less like a paste.
  • Take the little amount that’s left on your hands after and rub it into the middle + ends of your hair.