Get The Look: Celeb Stylist Ursula Stephen Breaks Down How To Rock This Maki Oh ‘Dominatrix Braid’

Maki Oh - Runway - September 2019 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows
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Monday night’s Maki Oh S/S 2020 presentation was a celebration of texture — from the fashions that graced the runway layered with pearls and patterns to laid baby hairs and structured ‘fros.

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But the standout lewk from the presentation was what TRESemmé lead hairstylist Ursula Stephen dubbed the “Finger Wave Dominatrix Braid.”


Because there is nothing ever basic about an Ursula creation, models served hair magic as they walked the runway with swinging one- and two-ponytailed ‘dos that were braided down to their ankles.

“It’s all about taking a simple look to new heights,” she said of the ponytail. “This is a modern take on a dominatrix-esque theme with the addition of the face-framing finger waves.”

TRESemme x Maki Oh For NYFW
Photo Credit: Schipper/Getty Images for TRESemme

To get the look, the team gathered and smoothed up hair into ponytails with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Gel ($4.99), braided the hair down into long braids and then laid their edges with setting paper.

Then, Ursula wrapped the braids with strips of fabric that were knotted together for length and to allow for seamless print and color transition. She had the team wrap the tips even tighter with more layers of fabric for added weight and movement.

TRESemme x Maki Oh For NYFW
Photo Credit: Schipper/Getty Images for TRESemme

To finish off, the models’ baby hairs were gelled down with the TRES gel and swirled into face-framing swoops.

This look is definite must-try — especially when festival season comes back around. What we love most is that it can be rocked with one-, two- and, even, three-ponytails to accommodate various hair lengths. And if you don’t happen to be rocking waist-length tresses, no worries. Ursula and her team used a pack of regular Kanekalon braiding hair to extend ponytails.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.