• Elise Hofer Shaw


Chicago hair and makeup maven Tasia Hickman, a.k.a. Tagg’d by Tasia, has been doing intricate—and highly Instagram-able!—African American hair styles for ten years. From feed-in braids bedecked with gold jewelry to glossy, silk-press extensions, she’s in high demand—and frequently tapped to do out-of-the-box bridal styles that are so ornate, in fact, that they can take up to four hours each to complete. She even did her entire bridal party’s hair for her own destination wedding in 2017. “We had a beachside ceremony and celebration, so I wanted everyone to have an easy-breezy look but polished,” says Hickman. “I started with sew-in extensions for everyone and then added flanking twists in the front and loose curls in the back.”

Chicago Loft Venues met up with Hickman at her salon space in North Riverside to talk about trending, big-day ’do’s for black brides who want a statement-making look that’ll last through the after-party. And she had plenty of pointed advice: “If you’re getting your hair done the day before, remember to wear your bonnet and factor in time for day-of touch-ups,” shares Hickman. “And don’t forget your day-of emergency kit so you’ll have the essentials on-hand—hairspray, hair glue, a needle and thread, hairpins, a bonnet, a flatiron and a curler.”

Here are her top three picks for “black girl magic” hair that’ll stun down the aisle…


“Brides like their feed-in braids because the finished look is mad impressive—and long-lasting,” says Hickman, who can do partials (2-3 braids) or full styles (5-8 braids) that track straight back or in intricate designs like a zigzag pattern. “The key is to start small and feed-in the hair to give the illusion that the braids are getting bigger as they go back. I can add hair jewelry or pops of color courtesy of colored hair pieces or colored string, too. And for the little girls in your bridal party, it’s all about adding glitter!”


According to Hickman, extensions are popular because they are highly versatile in terms of the styles she can do. “My clients usually like to pick their own hair—beach wave, body wave or deep wave—and bring it in,” says Hickman. “Once the hair is sewn in, I can silk-press it straight or do soft curls which look really pretty with a tiara or headpiece. Extensions are great for adding volume to an up-do or bun, too.”


“Hands down the slicked-back, high pony is the No. 1 bridal hair trend in the black community,” says Hickman. “Brides love it because it’s so sleek and elegant. I can part it down the middle or do a low side part and sweep the hair across the forehead. I’m also hearing a lot of requests to take the look a step further and turn it into a J.Lo topknot, which is perfect for adding accessories like silk petals or pearl stick pins, and pinning the veil up underneath.”

Name: Tagg’d By Tasia

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Phone Number: (708) 317-8557

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