This article features everything you need to know about stitch braids hairstyles. It’s basically stitch braids 101. Those who love braided hairstyles know that there are a variety of ways, techniques and styles of doing them to come up with a piece of art. Black hairstyles do not shy from experimenting different designs ranging from using a mixture of braiding hair to achieve the faux locs texture to make them stand out and last longer.
Black hairstylists are known to outdo themselves when it comes to braiding and braided hairstyles. Let’s talk about stitch braids. This article will give you a detailed overview of stitch braids, how to do them and also give you some maintenance tips. We’ll also feature other details such as tutorials on how to do different stitch braids, stitch braids results and the cost of doing stitch braids.
Stitch Braids Hairstyles
Stitch braids hairstyles is a protective style and requires very little to no maintenance. Plus, you can wear stitch braids up to seven weeks and are equally versatile. You can try out different hair accessorizes like strings and beads to make them pop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Stitch Braids Hurt?
Stitch braids require lots of tugging and pulling on both the scalp and hair. The braids also need to be fairly tight to achieve sharp crispness. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the braids should be uncomfortable even when they are tight. The pain can be a little intense for those with sensitive scalp.
What are Stitch Braids?
It’s one of the most famous braided hairstyles that’s usually achieved by using the stitch feed in braiding technique. The hair is usually sectioned to thick and thin horizontal lines. The stylist then braids the horizontal lines to a cornrow feeding in the braiding hair gradually as they move along.
How Long Do Stitch Braids Last?
You can stitch braids in for a maximum of up to 7 weeks. However, this always depends with the texture of your hair since they usually unravel quite fast on curly hair.
What’s the Difference Between Stitch Braids and Feed in Braids?
The stylist usually uses the middle and index finger and shine n jam to achieve the look in regular feed in braids. Stitch braids, on the other hand, require the use of the nail and pinky finger to create the lines and stitches and other hair products to help keep the stitches securely in place.
How do I Maintain Stitch Braids?
Clean your scalp regularly using a piece of cloth and dry shampoo then spray an anti-itch spray after applying anti-itch oil. You can also wrap your hair in a silk scarf or wear a satin bonnet when going to bed.
What’s the Cost of Doing Stitch Braids?
The cost of doing stitch braids is between $80 to $150 depending on a couple of factors including your desired length, complexity and size.
How to do Stitch Braids – Products Used and the Preparation Process
You can do stitch braids in two different methods:
- The rubber band method
- The no rubber band method
The hair should be cleaned, blow dried, straightened or stretched then sectioned in both braiding techniques.
You’ll need other hair products like mousse and shine n jam to give you a proper hold and make the hair appear neat while giving it a smooth and silky appearance.
A Tutorial on How to do Stitch Braids Using the Rubber Band Method
For this braiding technique, you’ll use rubber bands to hold the horizontally sectioned hair together before you start to braid them to a cornrow.
A Tutorial on How to do Stitch Braids Using the No Rubber Band Method
In this method, the stylist will use shine n jam conditioning gel to sleek down the hair and a combination of a rat tail comb and nails or fingers to part the horizontal sections as they braid.
Criss Cross Stitch Braids
Criss cross stitch braids are also known as infinity stitch braids. Currently, they are the trendiest braided hairstyle since it’s easy to achieve the look.
Different Stitch Braids Hairstyles
The stitch in braiding technique mostly used in doing cornrows. Plus, there are different stitch braids variations including goddess stitch braids, ponytail stitch braids and bun stitch braids.
Cornrow Stitch Braids
Cornrow stitch braids are also known as cornrows usually braided to straight backs. Some stylists use different line designs such as heart shapes, zigzag lines and criss cross designs to braid the hair.
Bun Stitch Braids
Bun stitch braids are usually tied neatly to a bun after braiding. There are different variations of this style such as half up half down stitch braids and box stitch braids.
Ponytail Stitch Braids
In this style, the stitch braids are secured in a ponytail at the top of the head after braiding.
Watch the compilation video below for various stitch braids hairstyles for inspiration.