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Curly Jumbo Braids for 2021

K, is it just me or are jumbo braids super effing fun? Like, they take way less time than micro braids (no eight-hour appointment required, tyvm) and they’re super easy to customize. Jumbos look great with beads, they’re perfect for incorporating different-colored braiding hair, and they can last for weeks. So on this week’s Braid Up, hairstylist Lesia Durant-King is showing us how to create these stunning jumbo braids with cute curled ends. Calling it now: This style is going to be a staple in your summer routine.

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Down to try out this unique knotless style? Here are a few pro tips to keep in mind:

1. Blow-dry your hair before you get started. Doing a quick run-through with a dryer will help you get a sleeker end result. It’s also way easier to blend extensions with hair that’s already been blow-dried. Just don’t forget to use a good heat-protectant to prevent damage, k?

Ouai Memory Mist Heat Protectant

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist

Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray

Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray

two. Curl your ends with rollers. Since just the ends are being curled for this look, style your left-out extension hair with rollers and hot water. Pre-curled extension hair is great for styles with longer leave-outs, but these jumbo braids will look best if you do the curling yourself.

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3. Set your braids with mousse. After you’ve rolled your ends, smooth a dollop of hair mousse from your scalp down through your braids. Then, wrap your braids in a scarf and run a blow-dryer over the finished look.

4. Sleep on a satin pillowcase. This is the best bedding option for people with protective styles. Sure, a satin bonnet is a surefire way to keep your braids intact while you catch some zzz’s, but a pillowcase is a great alternative for anyone who struggles to keep their bonnet on all night.

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