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What is Hair Stitching & How Can You Do It Yourself? Pro Tips!

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Hair stitching works best on hair with a bit of texture, Graziella recommends washing hair the day before your styling, or if you’re working with squeaky clean strands, she uses a dry shampoo such as Kerastase K Line Powder Bluff to add “next day hair” texture before styling. It keeps hair looking freshly washed and leaves no powder residue!


1) Apply a heat protectant such as Kerastase’ Fibre Architect with fingers before and after curling hair for extra shine and protection.

2) Next, curl hair in medium sized sections using a 1 to 1 ½ inch curlingCurl the entire head - Graziella advises working to achieve “natural, not structured curls” by gently pulling and loosening cooled curls.

pic 13) For added volume and hold, add a light spritz of Kerastase Laque Couture, lifting up curls to get product near the roots as well. 

4) Making sure there is no distinct part, grasp a handful of hair above the occipital bone, leaving another handful loose near the nape of the neck.

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5) Thread a hair stitching needle (a large plastic, blunt needle from any craft store will work) with linen thread, similar to your own hair color. TIP: Use a colored thread such as gold or silver if you want added sparkle!

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 6) Begin sewing hair through the messy bun you have created. Sew in looping motions pulling each stitch tight as you go to secure strands. 

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 7) Graziella emphasizes that the look should be voluminous and messy but feel secure. It will hold all night! TIP: The larger the loop, the more volume you get, the tighter the loop, the more “detailed” it will appear.

 8) Add bobby-pins where desired to secure small pieces that get away. Finish with a 2nd coat of Laque Couture (you don’t need as much hairspray as most updos require, the look is so secure!

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9) To take out, have a friend find a loop of string to carefully snip.



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Graziella Lembo is a senior stylist at SalonCapri in Boston. A TONI&GUY Beauty Academy graduate, Graziella studied under some of the industry’s top beauty experts including Nancy Braun, Ryan Teal and SalonCapri’s matriarch Gina Penna. She specializes in editorial styling, evening looks and specialty cut and color techniques such as Balayage highlights.

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  • Guest
    Jina Sunday, 13 April 2014

    My stylist in Chicago does it as well Nevsy at Custom HAir Lounge is the best if yo never want your hair stitched ...

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  • Jessica
    Jessica Monday, 14 April 2014

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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