Wash Day | Will I Ever Love Braid Outs?

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

Wash day products

[1] Co-washed with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash

[2] Green tea rinsed

READ: Tea Rinses – How To & Benefits

[3] 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.

Results

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.

Braid out 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! ❤️

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11 Comments

  1. Hi Jen,

    My hair needs a break. I’m a fitness instructor who constantly sweats a style out within seconds so I find myself wearing caps all the time . My hair is now extremely dry and maybe damaged; either from flat ironing, salt, the highlights, relaxer or all the above. I’m tired of wearing hats and weaves and wigs are out the question (although it has crossed my mind). I just want to cut everything off. Hubby would not approve . Please help! Your advice is appreciated. Thank you

  2. Practice makes perfect, that’s what they say, right? I’ll agree, I like your twist out better, but like you’ve said previously, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. PS I love big hair, so this works in my books!

  3. Hi Jen
    Could I suggest you try creating 2 rows of kane rows? Normally when I want to make my braid outs look nicer, I find this helps to reduce the fluffyness at the roots.

  4. I am relaxed, but I rock braidouts through the summer to stretch. The key to success with a braid out is making sure your hair is at least partially dry before braiding (40-50%), that way it can actually dry over night. Dampness at take down will kill any braid out because frizz will rob you of definition. Also DO NOT under any circumstances use a comb to separate the braids, or hide parts, because frizz. Put the pads of your finger tips to your scalp and gently rub out parts, disturbing the ends as little as possible. Once you’re happy with the scalp, with oil on your finger tips gently fluff the ends to get the volume you want. And yes as others have said, using a perm rod or flexi-rod on the ends of your braids makes all to the difference. To preserve my hair for day 2 I sleep in a bonnet shaped hair net. My hair is ready to fluff and go the next morning. Good luck 🙂

  5. I use to hate braid outs but I’ve come to like them more since I know use a perm rod on the end while air drying. That helps things out a bit. My hair tends to get velcro-ish when in braid outs so I can’t keep them in too long.

  6. It’s amazing that even with using the same products as for a twist out you get vastly different results with a braid out. I don’t dislike it, but it’s not the level of definition you are normally able to achieve with your twist outs. So I understand your plight and I’m not doing braidouts either unless its hair that has been braided for longer than a week under a wig…then it comes out great.

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      The definition that week long braids give is amazing!

  7. I love that you two strand twisted/coiled the ends! That one time, that I attempted a braid-out—it was my ends that gave me the most trouble because they were puffy and definitionless. LOL Yes…I just made that word up but I KNOW that you know what I mean. LOLOLOLOL

    I think that you’re on the verge of mastering the braid out life!

    KLP @ http://www.savingourstrands.com

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      LOL!! I think twisting the ends looks SO much better. After seeing it on IG I wanted to kick myself for not thinking of such a simple solution earlier.

      Mastering? Girl, from your lips to God’s ears!

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