The braid-out has to be hands-down my favorite hairstyle not only to do but also to wear out. Since I have 4C hair, I don’t have a uniformed curl pattern so this is great for creating an artificial one. Plus, it’s super easy to do and looks utterly amazing when it’s done. Achieving the perfect braid-out isn’t hard but I do have five tips that will help anyone who wants to pull off this style but is struggling. So, without further ado…
Tip 1 for the Perfect Braid-out: Trim Your Hair
My first tip for achieving the perfect braid-out may not be what you’re thiniking or even what you may want to hear but it has to be said. Take a good look at your hair and see if it needs a trim.
For the hairstyle to come out looking its’ absolute best, your ends should look healthy and neat. Otherwise, the strands will catch on each other and will result in a clumped mess.
Also, if you’ve read some of my other posts that mention trimming, then you know that I am a little obsessive about movement. I hate the appearance of stiff hair. Keeping the ends cut allows your hair the freedom to shake from side to side in a graceful manner.
Tip 2 for the Perfect Braid-out: Moisturize thoroughly but Don’t Over-moisturize
The second tip I have for achieving your most perfect braid-out is to make sure that your hair is thoroughly moisturized. Since braid-outs are considered a protective hairstyle, you will likely not touch it again for a couple of days.
Thus, it will be difficult to adequately moisturize your hair during those days in-between. Hence, you’ll want to apply a good amount of product to last you until then.
If you fail to moisturize your hair just right, then it can lead to dryness and damage depending on how long you keep the style. With that said, it is also super important you don’t overdo it with the moisture.
Though you can run into a problem if you moisturize your hair too much and too often, the main reason is more practical. The last thing you want is to unbraid your hair and have visible product residue hanging around. This will ruin the entire style and make the hair appear dirty. I typically use a good leave-in conditioner followed by an oil.
Tip 3 for the Perfect Braid-out: Straighten Your Roots
This tip for achieving the perfect braid-out is mostly for those people with really curly or coily roots. It is also another tip for movement. Like I told you, I hate stiff hair.
When I shake my head from side to side I want my strands to move with me. The way that I accomplish this is by drying my hair before I style it. I know many natralistas style their hair wet.
The only thing is, I’ve tried this method and it doesn’t do my braid-outs justice. Instead, I found that if I straighten my strands first from the root to tip I’ll get a sleeker look full of movement.
Admittedly, I do not use a blowdryer for this hairstyle. I use my REVAIR Airdryer which dries my hair quickly and it also does a great job of stretching my coils so that I am able to achieve this result. Practicing this method also keeps my hair moisturized for days and frizz-free.
Tip 4 for the Perfect Braid-out: Braid with Different size Braids
In order to achieve the perfect braid-out, it’s important to try different size braids. This is because there are going to be various parts of your hair where the density and hair type differ. For example, my hair is finer in the front, sides, and the very back of my head.
So, I want those sections to have smaller braids than the middle parts near my crown which will be much bigger. Mixing up the sizes of the braids will also aid in movement while creating volume where it is needed most. Additionally, it’ll be easier to place your hair in other styles too such as the half or full ponytail.
Tip 5 for the Perfect Braid-out: Separate the Braid Where it Naturally Parts
My fifth tip for achieving the perfect braid-out I’m supplying you with is from sheer trial and error. I’ve done personally, but have also seen countless braid-outs from others be absolutely ruined by not separating the unbraided hair properly.
You may have seen or experienced this for yourself. Everything’s looking good until you begin separating the hair and forcing it to part where it simply does not wish to go. All of a sudden, your beautifully wavy lock of hair becomes a frizz-ball.
This can make the ends draw up underneath other sections of your hair and create a bulky look. The complete opposite of what we want. Instead, divide the strands slowly feeling with your fingers where the strands want to split. When you find it, separate the hair all the way to the root if you can. Don’t force it.
Bonus Tip for the Perfect Braid-out: Oil Your Fingers
So, this is really a bonus tip. If you want to achieve the perfect braid-out then do not forget to oil your fingers before you begin unbraiding and separating the hair. The reason is, the sebum and product along your strands can collect on the tips of your finger.
This essentially means that you are taking the moisture from the strands. Moreover, the groves in your fingers and even your nails themselves can snag the hair. To protect your shaft, apply a light oil on your fingers so they glide along the fibers.
Bonus Tip for the Perfect Braid-out: Leave Your Braid in for at Least 2 Days
My final tip (I swear) for achieving the perfect braid-out is to keep the protective style in place for at least two days. Especially if you dried your hair during styling. This will give your hair time to set in place or else you risk the hairstyle falling long before the day has ended.
I love braid-outs. They are my absolute favorite hairstyle if it is done well. It doesn’t require too much work and just about anyone can do it. I hope my tips have given you some insight if you’ve been experiencing trouble nailing this hairstyle.
Try them out and if they work for you do let me know in the comments section below. Or you can always message me on my contact page.
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Until next time!