Jayda Wayda braids are the new style on the block. They’re similar to Coi Leray braids, but there are some key differences. The look is characterized by five (usually, but feel free to get creative here) long, chunky braids–two at the front and three at the back. The difference between Coi Leray braids and the Jayda Wayda style is that you tie your hair up with a rubber band into a ponytail, and from there you start the braid. Laid edges are also key to this look so make sure to get your gel and brush at the ready. Jayda Wayda braids are completely beginner friendly as they’re really easy to install (and remove) and the process doesn’t take long at all.
Inspired by beauty influencer Jayda Cheaves, the style screams 21st century insta baddie. Although Jayda didn’t create or invent the style, she’s certainly popularized it! There are so many things we love about Jayda Wayda braids, but one benefit that stands out is that it works perfectly on literally any hair texture, and any condition. We’ve seen some of our favorite influencers install the style on silk pressed hair, freshly washed curls and twist outs. The braids can be installed on natural hair, but we’ve mostly seen them with feed in extensions, as the long braids are a key part of the style. Some Black girls even opt to have two or three braids coming out the one ponytail–talk about volume galore.
Installing and maintaining Jayda Wayda braids
For installing, maintaining and removing your Jayda Wayda braids, you can refer to our protective style guide. Most of the vloggers we found on YouTube use gel for this style, which can often lead to a flaky scalp (product build-up). This means you may not be able to keep this style in for as long as knotless box braids for example. It may also be tricky to sleep with the braids in, and the top of the ponytails could squash or loosen up. To minimize any damage and to keep the style in tact for as long as you can, sleep with a silk scarf to keep your edges flat and a bonnet or silk pillowcase to limit frizz. If you want some guidance on what hair to use for this style, we’ve got this article to help you out.
Marayah Travicia has a great tutorial on how she installs her own Jayda Wayda braids. She plays around with the parting (opting for a zig zag path at the front of her hair), to add her own unique take on the look. By doubling up on the rubber bands, she also ensures that the braids stay in place.
Rella the stylist installs Jayda Wayda braids on her client with silk pressed hair.
Princess Jay shows us how she installs Jayda Wayda braids on natural, stretched hair.