Here are the essential items you need in your STITCH tool kit. With these tips, the possibilities are endless for your next work of hair art.
When we first created STITCH
, basically all you needed was the STITCH, 6 inches of hair and a foundation to secure the pattern to. Once we played with that, we also started to expand on even more possibilities you could create with this tool.
Become a Better Braider
Naturally, the next step was braiding. I became a better braider when we started using the STITCH
because we were anchoring the hair to the braid. Now, I’ve been trying all kinds of different braids using STITCH—and I was a person who wasn’t a big braider. Now, I’m just braiding everyone. Once we started braiding and anchoring, the ideas kept coming.
Fabrics to Create Different Shapes
Fabric was a key thing, too. Leather, lace, elastic and thread created different silhouettes and shapes—those ideas for fabric were all from my clients. When I started doing more wedding parties and special events they wanted to be a little different—that’s when I started using different materials.
Rubber Bands For Anchoring
Rubber bands were vital to anchor the hair when I was STITCHing. Rubber bands, clips, any way to secure the hair on the bottom kept that hair from incorporating into the style.
Hairspray Manages the Silhouette
To manage my silhouette when I worked, hairspray was a great product that kept flyaways from getting into the work.
Hot Tools Give Different Dimension
Using different tools gave me different dimensions, too. With Sam Villa’s Texturizing Iron
, I got an explosion of texture in there that gave an entirely different dimension–that was key.
I noticed that I didn’t have to do the texturizing iron all over the head, too. Instead, I learned I could flat iron and alternate sections with the Sam Villa texturizing iron to create different texture. That way, I had the shine of the straight hair with a little bit of texturizing that blended seamlessly. Once I added elastic or material to that, it was beautiful.
The possibilities are endless when you use the STITCH. I have people from all around the world using it—Germany, Australia, the U.K.—who love it. Look for more step-by-step tutorials soon from Daniel Roldan Hair Styling Co. and stay updated with my work by following me on Instagram