Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Steps for a beautiful braid out

One of my favorite styles to wear as a natural is a braid out. You basically braid your hair and then later unbraid it leaving it with a wavy texture you can style as you like. I use good quality products like Envia from Melaleuca. But I have also found some products you can find at Walmart, Target, or Walgreens that work very well. For my last braid out, I used these products.

They are a bone comb which you can get from ebay or another online store. I will post some links later. These are handmade combs that don't have seams that can damage your hair. I have 3 in different sizes.

Next is The Palma Christi Castor Oil. I got this from Vitamin Cottage but you can probably get it from any health food store.

Then there is Suave humectant shampoo that I picked up from Walmart.

Finally there is Pantene relaxed and natural deep conditioning hair mask.
Here is step by step of how I did it.
1) I put my hair in 4 loose braids and slathered each one with about 2 T of castor oil and let it sit for 10 minutes. This keeps my hair from being stripped during washing and it somehow helps with detangling. I don't know how but it works

2) I wash my hair while it is still in the loose braids first. Then I open one braid at a time, wash, rinse, and rebraid.

3) I wring some of the water out and then open each braid, slather on the hair mask, making sure to concentrate on my ends and rebraid. I let that sit for 10 minutes sometimes with a shower cap on.

4) I like to use the shower to rinse because the force of the water helps with detangling. I use my fingers to work through each braid, rinse the hair and rebraid.

5) I wrap my hair in a towel to catch the moisture. Then I open each braid at a time, section off some hair, detangle with my comb from the ends up, reapply some more castor oil and braid. I do that all over until I have about 12-16 braids over my entire head. I put a little more oil on the ends, put on my scarf and go to sleep.

6) The next day, I take out the braids and style it.

Let me know if you have any questions. Here is some pics of my last braid out. Q


alynxx said...

nice braid out and your hair look beautiful!

DSP said...

Your hair inspires me to persevere. I have such a long way to go, but your locks give me hope. Simply Beautiful!