The Braid Out: Take 1

Adrienne April 1, 2011 8

In my year and almost two months of being natural I have never tried a braid out. I’ve been told, and have seen, how braid outs help stretch natural hair. So, in an effort to maximize my length I decided to give it a try.

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Starting with an old twist out, I place my dry hair into medium sections. I then applied a small amount of Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (review coming soon) to each section and braided my hair to the end.

After braiding my entire head I added a roller to the ends of each braid. For some reason, I thought this was a “good idea.” Not so much.

The next day I added a small amount of Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey to each braid and my hands then unbraided my hair.

Although my hair looked “ok.” I think I could have gotten better definition had I done some things differently.

(1) I braided my hair late at night & then unbraided it the next morning. Had I done my hair earlier in the evening, & allowed the braids to sit longer, I think I would have achieved greater definition.

(2) The rollers I added to the ends of my hair were actually counterproductive. I braided my hair because I wanted to stretch it out. Adding a roller to the ends actually produced a tight curl.

I am going to try this style again; with more time & without the rollers. Do you have any tips? How do you do your braid outs?

8 Comments »

  1. Marquita April 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I think wetting the hair a little would help increase the curl definition. No roller at the end tho. The would really be defined if you braided it after shampooing you hair and let it air dry or sit under a drier for a littl bit

    • Adrienne April 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the tips! I am going to give them a try.

  2. Tamara April 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I think your hair looks great. To keep my ends looking good I braid all the way down and then two-strand twist the ends. I add avocado butter to the ends to keep the from being frizzy.

  3. BlueIsis May 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Your hair looks great.

  4. Norva May 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Adrienne,
    your hair came out beautiful! And putting the rollers in it added to the look I think as it gets older the curls will get looser. I am going
    to try a braid out! and I will roll my ends too.

  5. Corea W. June 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I love braid outs! Your looks very cute. What a lot of people don’t know is that adding rollers to the ends not only keeps that curl at your ends but it adds a shape to your hair. Definitely, lightly spray some H2O on it before or even mix the water with a little leave in. It adds great definition and allows it to last longer and gives it fuller look in a few days. Try it again and you will love the results!

  6. Aleisha July 23, 2011 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I think its beautiful :) but I tried my first all natural braid out last night, finally did the bc. And I must say, I fell in love with my hair for the first time

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