If you have been following our Instagram, we have an Obsessions with braids at the moment. I have decided to rock braids the rest of the summer myself, so trolling Instagram for new styles have come my pass time. I think next month I will go all pink. Rocking braids for the summer is so easy and saves my hair from dying it all the crazy colours I want. I can get different coloured braids. This month I went blue, now I am contemplating pink next month.
Instagram offers endless beauty inspiration, from makeup artists who turn their faces into works of art to product smashers with videos you just can't look away from. Another Instagram niche that deserves the spotlight is the braiding community—braids have been around forever. Still, the photo-sharing app offers a whole new platform by which to see them. Here, 10 Instagram accounts ranging from a stylist who pays homage to the diaspora to salons that specialize in rainbow braids.
Who to Follow
This Los Angeles-based braider has been on our radar since 2016 but has taken her game to the next level in lately she is currently the braider to stars. With both a salon in Los Angeles on Fairfax and celebrity clientele like Rita Ora and Queen Latifah, Lumpkin's Instagram feed is stacked with the some of the sickest plaits on very famous scalps.
Interdisciplinary artist Shani Crowe uses her braids to tell a story. Recently, Crowe held an exhibit entitled Braids at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn. Her creative work is focused on the cultural beauty ritual about the African diaspora, and her Instagram is full of gravity-defying braids like the crown she did for Solange's SNL performance.
The Braids Gang account initially specialized in ombre-coloured braided hair to create incredibly vibrant looks. The account has expanded to a community of braiders who use colour in their work as well a blog that provides helpful tips to those with protective styles like braids.
Ancestral Strands is a braid studio that specializes in tribal, eclectic, and cultural braiding. The salon does traditional African hair art and gives you a herbal tea infused with stimulants to promote hair growth. The salon takes linkage between hair and identity seriously: their motto is "Hair Story Is Her Story."
Nikki Nelms, aka Hair MacGyver, is the hair guru behind Solange's "Don't Touch My Hair" looks. She also counts Janelle Monae and ELLE cover star Zoe Kravtiz as clients.
You might recognize Guingui from ELLE's Braid Star series. She's also the founder of the hair platform, Strand Addict. Guingui has been braiding for over 15 years. She also offers both appointments and lessons on top of jaw-dropping work on her Instagram.
Susy of Hair by Susy is the powerhouse braider who not only created one of the top braiding salons in NYC but also counts both Knowles sisters as clients. Follow her personal account here and start getting as close to Beyonce-level hair as humanly possible in no time.
Micro braids, Havana twists, cornrows, and yarn twists are all featured on this diverse braiding Instagram account. Come for the variety, stay for the intricate designs and precision.
Protective Styles is an Instagram account that features the best of braiding and other protective styles on Instagram. A go-to for the natural hair community, the company also provides hair for both braiding and weaves.
We met Gilly at the Black Hair and Beauty Expo last year in London. Where she gave me two Pink French braids and slicked my edges in minutes. Her fingers are like angles. She says your hair is her canvas.
Let us know below what styles you like. Or anyone we missed and should add to the list. Love you hair this summer and get it braided.