How to Create a Slip Knot Braid: It’s All About the Rhythm

“Slip Knot braids look complex, but this Mohawk look is really simple once you get the rhythm down. You’ve heard me say it before…braiding is all about rhythm, if you lose the rhythm you lose the braid. Stay in control of your sections and the braid will come together pretty easily for you,” says Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Redken Education Artistic Director,

Before Villa braids, he texturizes the entire head using a Sam Villa Signature Series Textur Iron to add texture and volume to the hair to prevent the braid from slipping out.

· Part hair (tutorial based on a natural side part).

· Take a vertical slice on each side of the part at the front of the head. Smooth the sections out and tie a simple knot (right over left) then hand each section to the guest/model’s right and left hand to hold.

· Take another vertical slice directly behind the last section, one of each side of the part, tie another knot (right over left), then hand to guest/model to hold.

· Take a third section behind the last and repeat the last step – should have three strands on each side of the part.

Tip: Heads are round, so sections need to be pinwheeled. Once at the top of the ear, take diagonal forward sections. At the back of the head, take horizontal sections to match the round of the head.

Take another vertical slice behind the last section on each side of the part. Before tying, reach under the 2nd and 3rd sections and pick up the first section at the front of the head and add that to the 4th section on each side of the part. Now tie another knot, if knots become loose, tighten them.

· Repeat, taking vertical/diagonal forward/horizontal slices on each side of the part, reaching under the last two strands and picking up the front strand, adding to each section and then tying a knot (right over left) until finished - either all the way to the bottom of the nape, just above the nape or tie the hair into knots – braiders choice.

“This is a fun braid that is easy to do once you get the hang of it. It can be styled in many different ways: using a side part, center part, braiding to the end or creating a partial Mohawk braid. It’s a show stopper on stage and a great style to have in your repertoire for guests too,” adds Villa.


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