Braid Out Take 3: This Might Not Be My “Thing”

Adrienne July 15, 2011 6

I have tried not one, not two, but now three times to master the infamous braid out. (click on the links to check out my previous attempts)

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For my third, and what think to be my final try, I took the advice of many commenters and braided my hair while it was wet.

When unbraiding I did notice an increase in definition. But, yet again, once the take down was complete, I was met with a frizzy mess.

At this point I am content with the fact that braid outs just might not be my “thing.” Win some…lose some.

I may not be able to “master” the braid out but hey….I can twist out with the best of ‘em! :)

6 Comments »

  1. NicoleLisa July 15, 2011 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I can relate to this. My twist outs are the bomb. I get great definition and a lot of hair compliments. Most of the time when I attempt a braid out I end up having to put my hair up with a band. I can’t wear it down like the twist out.

    We all have our talents and I guess braid outs isn’t one of them. Happy twisting!

  2. Mrs. neWgrowth July 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I thought it looked nice, especially right in the front. Maybe try it again in a year or so when you have more length.

  3. Sibyl July 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    My hair doesn’t look good when I do a braid out either. However a twist-out looks great. Just like products…works great for some but aweful others. I love coconut oil but putting it on my hair alone doesn’t work but many people swear by it (add some shea butter & aloe vera gel to it…now we cooking :)

  4. Corea W. July 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I love braid outs and I hoped that yours would get better! I had the same issue with twist outs and then I found a product that worked for me. Oh well – Love your Twist outs!

  5. kiki July 18, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

    braid outs work best for me when my hair has been blow dried (low setting just to stretch) and then i apply a cream based product like MJ baby butter cream or Mizani Butter Rich or KBB Creamylicious or Cantu Daily Moisturizing lotion (anything of that consistency)…then when i take it out i just unbraid the braids rather than really pull the hair apart and i don’t do any further separation of the hair…i just use a pick to lift the roots to disguise the parts…if u ever try it again try it that way!

  6. MizzJ July 19, 2011 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Hopefully you won’t give up completely on the braidout. I do them all the time because my hair doesn’t look right doing a twistout. My texture is too loose to stay twisted. So, I want to give you some more tips that work for me, after MUCH trial and error.

    1) Hair should be wet or damp.
    2) Use a leave-in conditioner (I use Herbal Essences LTR mixed with 100% jojoba oil…heavy on the oil, don’t just use a few drops.
    3)Use a Denman brush or knock off. If you’re anti-Denman use the Tangle Teezer. Brush through each section well.
    4) Use some whipped shea butter on each section. I feel this helps with definition and gives my hair more shine. I whip my shea butter in a bowl with a hand mixer and add jojoba, safflower, and/or castor oil. Put some extra whipped shea on the ends.
    5) Use small/thin perm rods on your ends. I think the ones you used the first time were too big. You just want it to mimmick your natural pattern. I think keeping the ends curled helps keep the hair from tangling and crunching up while you sleep on it, and protects them from breaking off.

    Hopefully this helps. I’m a reformed “PJ”, so I’ve tried a lot of products and this is one of the best routines I’ve come up with for my hair. Also, I love your wash n go. I live in the ATL too and would love to do those for this weather. But, mine look a hot mess…LOL.

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