Pin-Free Styling: How to Achieve a Faux Braid Hawk

See how Kauilani Goodwyn creates a faux braid hawk without any hair pins.

Style by Kauilani Goodwyn, Sam Villa Ambassador
Style by Kauilani Goodwyn, Sam Villa Ambassador
Courtesy of Sam Villa

Kauilani Goodwyn, Texpert Collective and Textured Hair Elevated cofounder as well as Sam Villa ambassador, shares how to create a pin-free faux braid hawk.

“Learning how to create a good foundation with different tools is important, because there are multiple situations where a pin-free style is more advantageous,” explains Goodwyn. 

Why Pin-Free Styling?

  • Pin-free looks are better for photography, reducing the chances of light reflecting off metal.
  • Pinless styles are great for runway as nothing will fall out when a model is walking.
  • No pins = faster transition to other looks on set.
  • Braids, knots and twists provide a solid base for longevity.
  • When hair is very dense and thick, pins aren’t always enough to hold it in place.
  • Looks can be worn for a longer period of time, sometimes days.

How-To: Faux Braid Hawk

  1. Cleanse and prep hair with Mizani Press Agent Shampoo and Conditioner.
  2. Section and Bantu Knot hair to keep moisture in.
  3. Apply Mizani Press Agent Raincoat Styling Cream and Serum (based on porosity of hair) before blow-drying each section with a paddle brush and Sam Villa Light Professional Ionic Blow Dryer.
  4. When completely dry, flat iron with a Sam Villa Signature Series Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron for smoothness.  
  5. Part hair into three sections and clip up center panel with dry sectioning clips. 
  6. Split side panels in half from hairline to nape and clip away bottom panel.
  7. Cornrow the panel closest to the center panel from front hairline to nape. 
  8. Put latch hook under the braid and take a section of hair from the bottom panel and pull it through. Continue until the nape.
  9. Repeat steps above on the other side panel.
  10. Unclip center panel and add clip-ins for fullness (if desired).
  11. Make subsections and create small ponytails in the center panel from the front hairline to the nape using snag-free elastics. 
  12. Start faux braid from the front ponytail.
  13. Continue technique through the length of hair (or stop at the last ponytail, leave hair out, and style).
  14. Pull hair out to create braid effect and apply Mizani Humidity Resistant Mist or Shine Spray to finish.
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