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

Adrienne July 15, 2011 7

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)

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! :)


  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 :)

    • Kourtney March 8, 2015 at 3:19 am - Reply

      This is an arctlie that makes you think “never thought of that!”

  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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