How to get your braid out in formation!

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Braid outs are one of my favorite natural hair styles! When I first went natural, I stayed away from braid outs, because I was a slow braider. But with practice, I became a faster braider and developed a technique that works for me and gives me consistent results. Every natural should have a go-to style. A style that is easy for you to do, doesn’t take a long time, and gives you the results you want. So here are the products and method I use to create my go-to style.

Products:

Here’s an acronym I use to help me remember the order in which to apply products to get the maximum results from my style: LOS. You want your braid out to be moisturized, shiny, and defined! Slay, honey!

L – Leave-in Conditioner – Make sure the first ingredient in the product you choose is water. This should be a light-weight product that moisturizes your hair, but doesn’t weigh the hair down. You may also opt to use a hair milk, which, depending on the brand will be about the same consistency as a leave-in conditioner; maybe a little heavier.

O – Oil – Use an oil to seal in the moisture from your leave-in conditioner. Some great options include coconut, olive, jojoba, or avocado oil. These oils are lightweight and will not only help your hair retain moisture, but also add shine. I try to avoid heavy oils such as castor oil because it weighs the hair down and you want your style to have movement. Like, blow in the wind movement J

S – Styler – My styler is usually a thick cream or a gel. You only need a small amount of styler since, again, you don’t want to weight the hair down. A cream styler will add additional moisture and provide definition. Using a gel will also define the hair, but will give it a little more hold than a styler. Just make sure your gel doesn’t contain alcohol because alcohol dries out the hair.

Here are the products I have been using recently to help me achieve my braid-outs.

L- My all-time favorite leave-in conditioner is the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner (say that 10 times fast!). This product moisturizes and defines my curls like no other! Seriously, 90% of the time, this product is in my hair. When Ulta had this brand on sale, I bought 3 of them….the last 3 they had on the shelf (sorry, not sorry).

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod11361003

O- I use a mixture of coconut and olive oil, which you can find at the grocery store. Make sure the oil is organic and un-refined so you can receive the maximum benefits from the product. I add the oils to an applicator bottle for easier use.

S- I use the Design Essentials Defining Crème Gel. A little goes a long way! It has a thick buttery consistency and smells great.

http://www.sallybeauty.com/design-essentials-gel/SBS-671004,default,pd.html

Products

Method:

I part my hair in the direction I want my hair to fall. I prefer a side part to give my hair more volume.

Braid pattern

Make sure each section is thoroughly detangled before braiding by using a wide tooth comb or a Denman brush. I only detangle after the products above are added to my hair to reduce breakage.

I braid each section until I get to about 1 inch from the bottom of my hair and then I two-strand twist. This gives a nice curl at the ends so my ends don’t look blunt (and boring!).

Ends

Since I do a side part, I end up with 6 braids on one side and 8 braids on the other side.

The number of braids you create depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. For a more defined look, have more braids. For a wavier look, have fewer braids. I will have about 20 braids for a more defined look and between 14-16 braids for a wavier look.

I allow my hair to air-dry overnight and I sleep on a satin pillow case, which I bought from Walmart.

Take-down:

Make sure your hair is completely dry before you remove your braids to reduce frizz.

After I take down all my braids, I fluff and separate to achieve my desired look. I separate my hair where the hair naturally separates. Don’t force the braid to separate or that will lead to frizz. I have a lot of hair, so I don’t do a ton of fluffing since my hair will get bigger throughout the day.

Then I use an edge control to slick down my edges and prevent fly-a-ways in the crown area. I use the Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste, which is another GOAT product for me!

http://www.target.com/p/curls-passion-fruit-curl-control-paste-4-fl-oz/-/A-13457165

To finish the look, I spray a little hair spray to reduce frizz. I use the Tressume Extra Hold Hair Spray. It has a pleasant smell, reduces frizz, and doesn’t leave my hair helmet hard!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/TRESemme-Extra-Hold-Hair-Spray-14.6-oz/17177026

Maintenance:

At night, I sleep with a loc soc over my hair.

http://soclocsoc.com/

I don’t re-braid my hair each night. Some people choose to re-braid at night, but I am a self-proclaimed “lazy natural” so……. I use the loc soc to preserve my style. But you can choose to re-braid each night in larger sections.

And there you have it! My products and steps to achieve my braid out.  I also encourage you to experiment with different stylers and with the different number of braids to add a variety!

Hair down

Definition

Front view

So, tell me, what are some of your favorite products to help you achieve your go-to style? And what is your go-to style?

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Author: curlsndumbbells

Welcome! My name is Sharae! I am a global brand ambassador, fitness & natural hair blogger, and business professional whose mission is to empower and equip women to live their best lives by helping them make positive lifestyle changes in the areas of health, wellness, and personal finance. I began my wellness journey in 2008 by losing 60 pounds. As a result of my weight loss, I created this blog in May 2016, CurlsNDumbbells, to document my journey and to encourage others to also begin their journey. In July 2016, I joined a global wellness & lifestyle company as a global brand ambassador! With this amazing opportunity, I can help women achieve their weight loss and beauty goals. I also have a mentorship program to assist women who want to pursue entrepreneurship and achieve financial success by building a purpose-driven brand and creating an additional stream of income. I hope to continue reaching women globally and providing them with tools that add value to their lives so they can achieve long term success!

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