Box braids and twists are beautiful on their own, but every now and then you may want to add a pop of color to those long extensions. I recently noticed that singer/songwriter Chrisette Michelle put a colorful spin on a set of box braids that she’d previously worn. She had a few braids in her hair that looked decorative and they appeared to be wrapped with some sort of purple thread.
After researching, I found a natural hair YouTuber who mimicked Chrisette’s look and put her own spin on the decorative braids. Naturally Candace created a tutorial on how you can wrap yarn around your box braids or twists.
While Chrisette chose one solid color for her braids, Naturally Candace chose to create a pink and white pattern on hers. Using embroidery basic floss, she measured the floss along the length of her braid. Holding the thread about a quarter of an inch down the shaft of the braid, she created a knot with the thread around the braid.
To start off the design, she made sure she grabbed both pieces of the same color from each bundle of thread (after the knot was tied, it left her with two of each color) and proceeded to tightly and closely wrap the chosen color thread around the braid and around the other pieces of thread that she wasn’t using at the moment. After she had a good amount of the dark pink thread wrapped, she moved on to the next color.
If you run out of thread while wrapping, you can start the process over again where the thread ran out. Repeat the wrapping process down the length of the braid. Once you get to the end, simply tie a knot to secure and snip the hanging thread.
If you’re used to doing yarn twists/locs, then this tutorial may be a no brainer for you. But, if you’ve never worked with yarn, then this tutorial is very informative and self-explanatory.
Naturally Candace also has a tutorial on how you can add bling to your braids. Remember those gold beads that were used to put on braids back in the 90s? Apparently, there’s a shortage of them now. We remember them as being a bit outdated, but Naturally Candace makes them look chic. Because she had to go to several beauty supply stores to find them, she decided to figure out how to create the braid jewelry at home for her viewers.
She took some gold beading wire and measured how much wire she would use according to how large she wanted the braid jewelry. Next she grabbed the wire and wrapped it around the braid while bending it into shape. A very easy braid/twist accessory!
What do you do to spice up your twists and braids?