Our favorite braided and twisted updo styles from the Essence Music Festival.
The Shape Shifter
I first saw this gorgeous braided updo on Day 2 of the festival and ran into her again on Day 3 with the front twists taken out. I loved how this 'do has almost an infinite amount of styles within a style. If you braid up the back and leave the front loose, you can twist, roll, bouffant, and bantu knot your heart out! The possibilities are endless. Hats off to Dr. Kari Williams of Mahogany Hair Revolution for creating this fabulous style!
View from the back.
View from the side on with a twisted top piece.
With the front twists let loose. Gorgeous.
Twisted Up, Up, and Away!
This is a similar style that uses a combination of flat twists and two strand twists instead of braids. The flat twists begin at the nape of the neck and bottom of the edges and continue up towards the crown of the hair where they are then two strand twisted. To get her two strand twists to coil, she applies a bit of gel and twirls around her finger for definition.
View from the back
Coiled two strand twists on top
View from the side