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NAME: Lanish Alston

SIGNATURE STYLE: Small single box braids with Freetress Deep Twist Hair

OCCUPATION/PASSION PROJECT: Senior Case Manager for Strong Father, Stronger Families Program in Bronx, NY

PRICE TAG: $140 every other month

HOW DO YOU WEAR AND CARE FOR YOUR HAIR BETWEEN BRAIDS?

When I do not have my braids, I wash my hair and let it air-dry into an Afro. I moisturize it with coconut oil and/or coconut hair grease. I also cut off any split ends.

WHY ARE BRAIDS YOUR GO-TO STYLE?

Single braids are my go-to style, because it’s flexible. I can wash and style the way I want. I choose Freetress Deep Wave Hair, because I think the curls compliment my eyes, and when I wash my hair, the curls remain. It is a very curly, carefree hairstyle to maintain. Freetress synthetic hair is inexpensive as well. It ranges from $4.99- $7.99 depending on the color I choose.

HOW DO YOU STYLE YOUR BRAIDS?

I can style my hair many ways. For example, at work, I wear it down with a part in the middle or pulled back with a clip for a more polished look. My casual style would be my hair pulled up in a bun with my shaved sides exposed giving me the faux hawk, punk look. For formal occasions, I wear my hair down, hanging off my shoulders, or if I want to look avant-garde, I put my hair up in a twist bun in the center of my head showing my faux hawk.

WHAT PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES DO YOU USE TO CARE FOR YOUR BRAIDS?

I use Olive Oil Hair Polish to keep the shine and Suave Keratin Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}to wash and keep my natural hair underneath soft. I wrap it at night with a hair cap and take it off and go in the morning.

HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY FOR YOUR BRAIDS? 

I usually keep my braids in for a month or month and a half. The cost of this style is a total of $140 including the hair.

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