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'The Braid Up:' How to Create This Braided Mohawk

This is definitely my new summer look.

IDK about you, but now that we're in the swampiest, hottest part of summer, I'm officially over my puff hairstyles and twisted knots and am looking for some new summer hair inspo. Enter: This week's Braid Up look, which is probably one of my favorite protective styles that's both striking and practical. Yep, I'm talking about a cornrowed mohawk—and, honestly, it's just as cool as it sounds. The best part? This style from Jerdonna Burch doesn't mean you'll need to go for the big chop. Peep the video above and you'll see that razors and scissors aren't required to get this edgy mohawk look. How's that for hair magic?

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Want to copy this look? Here are a few tips to help you out:

1. Grab a blow dryer. A surefire way to establish a smooth foundation for this style is to give yourself a quick blowout before you get started. After washing your hair, thoroughly dry it in small sections. Make sure to apply some heat protectant beforehand to avoid any damage.

2. Hydrate your scalp. To avoid any annoying dry scalp issues, reach for a hydrating oil. Massage castor oil or peppermint oil in between your braids every day to prevent dryness and keep your natural hair soft and healthy. A win-win, really.

3. Try out different colors. You're already working with a fun mohawk, so why not take it to the next level with some shade variety? With the main middle braid, feed in extension hair in a different tone for a really cute color moment.

4. Protect your style. In order to keep this style in tip-top shape, you've gotta make sure to cover it while you sleep. Whether you opt for a satin bonnet or a cool head wrap, never ever go to bed without protecting your hair.

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Hair: Jerdonna Burch

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