Want to know how to do a braid out? It’s really easy once you have the right information and tools. But first off, what exactly is it?
This is where, as the name says, you braid your hair and then release it (the “out” part) in order to have a wave pattern in the hair.Braid outs can be done on wet or dry hair . Keep in mind that the waves are more defined when done on wet hair vs dry. You can either cornrow the hair or do it in single plaits depending on your skills.
BWBC Tip: Be careful with wet hair since hair is most fragile when it’s wet/damp.
Tools You Need
- Medium sized rollers and hair pins or medium sized rods
- Rat tail comb
- Water spray bottle
- Setting lotion
- End Papers (optional)
Starting with wet hair?
1. Wash and condition your hair.
2. Towel dry most of the water out of your hair (remember to squeeze the water out….don’t rub with the towel).
Starting with dry hair?
3. Put a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and a little setting lotion or moisturizing medium-hold mousse throughout your hair, making sure everything is covered. (if you started out with dry hair it will get a bit damp at this point…and that’s fine).
4. Section your hair into parts, depending on how tight or loose a curl you want. Small sectons produce tight waves and big sections produce loose waves.
5. Braids/Plait the section of the hair all the way to the ends….then take a roller or rod and roll the ends of the hair about half way up (all the way to the scalp if your hair is shorter. What this does is give some definition to the ends and not just have them sticking straight out, making the style look “unfinished”
6. Continue the sectioning, braiding and end rolling until the entier head is done (make sure to check if you left any hairs hanging out. They will be straight when you’re done it they’re left out).
BWBC Tip: If your hair starts to get too dry while you’re going through spritz it with a little water.
7. Dry your hair either with a bonnet dryer or blow dryer if you’re in a hurry, or you can let it air dry during the day (or while you sleep). Just be sure your hair is fully dry before you take down the braids or the style won’t hold.
8. When you’re ready to take the braids down use a bit of serum on your hands and gently undo the rods and separate each one of your braids. When they are all out, gently massage your scalp to loosen up the hair and “disguise” the parts that you made at the roots. You can also fluff up the hair if you want more volume and finger comb to style.
How to Make this Style Last
Maintain this style by wearing a satin cap to bed at night and sprizting on a gloss on the morning. Use your fingers to fluff up the hair if it went flat while you were sleeping. It will last 3-7 days depending on your hair (coarse hair holds styles longer than fine hair) and whether or not you get it wet.