Being a true fashionista is so much work. Besides investing in good skincare, you still need to dress well, accessorize, and wear gorgeous hairstyles that complement your look. Oftentimes, your hair becomes a cause for concern because if you aren’t careful, it can break or make your entire look. But I’m here to tell you today that when you get in doubt, don’t fuss over it. Just wear Coi Leray braids.
These braids are a simple yet detailed coiffure that works across all ages and budgets. So if you’re looking for an easy, versatile, and chic braided hairstyle to wear, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for inspiration on how to rock the classic Coi Leray braids in different styles.
What are Coi Leray Braids?
Coi Leray braids aren’t strange braids. They’re just another name for jumbo knotless braids with curly ends. It traditionally features 16 medium-length knotless box braids (8 on each side) with bouncy curly ends and laid edges.
These braids became popular in the summer of 2021 after the American rapper Coi Leray released her hit song “No More Parties” which climbed the charts and went platinum.
People loved the song and the artiste behind it. She is one energetic, confident, and beautiful, artiste with a killer dress sense. Her adopting these braids as her signature style spiced up her looks to the extent that the braids became affiliated with her brand, hence the name Coi Leray braids.
Just like other braided hairstyles, Coi braids now have different creative spins. For instance, you can take yours beyond the usual 16 braids or give your curls a unique twist. The important thing is you wear these protective braids. Why? Its perks go beyond enhancing your beauty. These chunky curly braids are great for those with soft scalps as they cause less tension on your hair roots and protect your hair from damage.
What do I Need to Achieve Coi Leray Braids?
- Three to six packs of synthetic/human braiding hair. This can be unstretched or pre-stretched Xpression, Lush, Darling, Kankekalon braiding hair, etc.
- Shine ‘n’ jam.
- Black rubber bands.
- A rat tail comb.
- Perm rods.
- Hot water.
- Edge control.
- A good hairstylist.
How to Install Coi Braids
First, you’ll section your already dry and moisturized stretched hair using a rat tail comb. The number of sections you’d have depends on how many braids you want to achieve. Afterward, apply the Shine n Jam to your parted sections. This will make them look neat and keep every strand of hair in place.
Since it’s a knotless hairstyle, you’ll have to first braid your natural hair before feeding in the extensions. After braiding the sectioned hair to your desired length, use the rubber bands to secure the ends. But leave some hair out at the ends that will be curled.
Repeat this process until you’re satisfied with the amount of braids on your head. Then wrap the left-out hair at your ends around the perm rods and dip them in hot water. Pat your hair dry with a towel and apply some mousse on your braids. Afterward, use your edge control to lay your edges and remove the perm rods from your hair.
If you need a visual explanation of the steps above, watch this video below:
How to Switch Up Your Curly Jumbo Knotless Braids
Coi braids are versatile. So you don’t have to wear them in one way alone. Switch up your regular jumbo knotless braids with curly tips by trying them in any of these styles:
Short to Medium Coi Leray Braids
As the name implies, these braids are usually short and most times extend to the shoulders.
They’re suitable for you if you want a low-maintenance hairdo that offers convenience.
Bold-Colored Curly Jumbo Braids
Instead of going for the regular black, you can try another color that’ll help you pop out. This includes pink, maroon, purple, blue, green, etc.
For more effect, consider coloring your natural hair to the color of the extension you intend to use so everything blends perfectly.
Coi Leray Braids with Wavy Ends
Don’t want the thick, bouncy curls that come with this hairstyle? Go for loose waves instead.
You’ll still look gorgeous.
Long Chunky Knotless Braids with Curly Tips
Long braids have a way of accentuating your back and waist. And when you have curls at the tips, know for sure you’ll look dashing.
You can wear your long Coi Leray braids in any color of braiding hair of your choice.
If you’re bored with the usual box parting, switch things up by opting for triangular partings.
They’ll add more details to your hair while enhancing your overall look.
Peekaboo Jumbo Knotless Braids with Curled Ends
Peekaboo braids involve braiding a section of your hair with bright-colored extensions to contrast the rest of the hair which stays a different color, mostly black or brown. But to make it Coi Leray, you curl the ends.
This style transforms your Coi braids into a statement coiffure on its own.
Boho Coi Leray Braids
This style is similar to Bohemian braids, only this time, we’re making them jumbo with pronounced curls at the tips.
To achieve it, add wavy or curly ends/extensions to each braid. This will give it a voluminous look.
Embrace the Allure of Coi Leray Braids
Before jumping on any trend, ask yourself two questions:
- Will it serve my style?
- Can it stand the test of time?
Jumbo knotless braids with curled tips are one trend that answers yes to both questions. They’re perfect for any occasion and outfit and will surely enhance your beauty regardless of your age.
So, go ahead and try it now. But if you need more inspiration, choose from the photos below and show your favorite to your hairstylist.