My feelings for twist outs and my feelings for braid outs are at opposite ends of the spectrum. As a result I’ve basically been avoiding braid outs. BUT after loving how stretched and big my hair was when I took out my marley twists this weekend (I lost the battle for keeping them in for 2 weeks), I decided to revisit braid outs until I can get ’em right (IF EVER!).
Process & Products Used
 Co-washed with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
 Green tea rinsed
 Left the tea in and applied Aussie Moist 3 Min Miracle (read my review here) on top to quickly condition my hair while I showered. At $2.99 a bottle, this is still my fave, cheapy, conditioner. And it provides lots of slip and makes finger combing through my hair a breeze.
After rinsing out my hair, I put it 4 chunky twists to keep shrinkage at bay. Then to prep my hair for my braid out, I applied Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-In (my review) + Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie + and a few drops of Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Serum (seal in moisture) my to hair in sections before lightly defanging and braiding.
I did 14 braids in total. I don’t like the ways my ends look when I braid all the way down so when I had about an inch left to braid, I applied a tiny amount of styler and then switched to two strand twisting + twirling the ends around my fingers.
I let my hair dry overnight… but my hair was still damp in the back where the braids were bigger (I only did 6 braids for the back half of my head). I crossed my fingers and hoped the still damp sections wouldn’t frizz up too bad and went ahead and unraveled the braids. After unraveling, I used my wide tooth seamless comb to blend together any obvious gaps from my parts.
I still love twist outs more than braid outs, but I do like how braid outs stretch my hair and the big hair I’m able to achieve as the week wears on. Here’s my hair on day 1.
And here’s my hair on day 2. “Preserving” my braid outs or twists outs amounts to be sleeping in satin pillow cases and tucking my hair away from my face while I catch some zzz’s. I, Jen, the former serial wrap-hair-at-nighter, wake-up-if-I-feel-my-head-scarf-slip-offer has the laziest bedtime routine ever since going natural.
And that’s ok. It works for me. Sleeping on satin pillow cases helps prevent excessive moisture loss (cotton robs hair of moisture) and frizz. In the morning I fluff my hair out with fingers after applying Argan oil to my hands, shake, shake, shake and do my zombie shuffle into the kitchen for coffee.
I have yet to love a braid out I’ve done… but I hate this one less than the others lol. I just wish my hair had dried completely AND that I’d done smaller braids in the back for more definition.
Oh, and I haven’t used Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Serum in AGES, but I’ll be back later this week to share how well it worked on helping me seal in moisture from the leave-in conditioner + styler.
Update on Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Serum: My hair remained soft and moisturized until day 5.
Toodles & happy hump day! ❤️