24 June 2024

Pin-Free Styling: Faux Braid Hawk

Learn how to create a whimsical, pin-free Faux Braid Hawk that will last for days with Sam Villa Ambassador, Kauilani Goodwyn.

Who loves a great Faux Braid Hawk? Longevity for any style is based on a strong foundation. Pins are usually the go to for locking things in place, but let’s face it, there are sometimes when they just won’t cut it…or just can’t be located. Kauilani Goodwyn, Sam Villa Ambassador @kauigoodwyn, shares how to create a pin-free Faux Braid Hawk from a recent IG live that will last for days.

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 Kauilani.  

Why Pin Free Styling?

  • Pin-free looks are better for photography, reduces 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. Note: Style can be executed on blown out hair or a Sam Villa Signature Series Textur® Professional Texturizing Iron can be used for a fuller visual aesthetic.
  5. Part hair into 3 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 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 (see how @kauigoodwyn).
  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. 

Learn more from Goodwyn and other favorite educators and experts during the Textured Hair Elevated (T.H.E) Summit event, January 16 and 17, 2022 in Midtown Atlanta – more info here. Use special Sam Villa Promo Code LOVETEXTURE at checkout for 50% off tickets. Sam Villa, 2021 NAHA Educator of the Year and 2021 AHP Icon Stylist Influencer of the Year will also be a guest judge for the T.H.E. Awards Collection and Snapshot Hair Competitions.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to Estetica's official newsletter and receive all the latest news and information from the world of hairdressing - no charge, spam free!