Professional Braider’s Tips and Process for Protective Hairstyles


  • Shatoyia Vandy Vanderhorst owns VLS Hair and has been a hairstylist for over 23 years. 
  • Vandy specializes in protective styles to protect natural hair. 
  • The most popular styles are box braids, knotless braids, twists, crochets, locs, and cornrows. 

Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: Here’s a pro braider’s process for protective hairstyles. Shatoyia Vandy Vanderhorst, who goes by Vandy, is based in Austin, Texas. She specializes in protective styles for natural hair. Clients typically request Box braids, Knotless braids, Twists, Crochets, Locks and Cornrows. Here’s her prep process when braiding.She preps the hair she will be using the night before an appointment. She starts by washing, conditioning and detangling the hair. If heat is used Vandy usually opts for the Revlon One-Step Paddle Dryer. Then moisturizer and natural oils are added. She uses a feed in technique to add hair extensions near the root of the hair. She seals the ends, sets the client’s roots and finalizes the look. Vandy can finish a style like this in three hours. Her pro tips for trying new styles are to practice without products first practice with colorful hair to see the difference between the natural and extension hair and to test different brands of extensions. You can find all of her tips and tutorials on her YouTube channel, Vandy Vanity.



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