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Three Tips For a Great Braid Out

The grass is always greener on someone else's scalp. Well, you know what I mean: Girls with curls often lust after stick straight styles and vice versa. We've gathered several tips for sleek blowouts, but let's tackle making waves, heat-free. Curly-haired Bella is a fan of something called a "braid out," an easy way for people of any hair texture to have soft waves without a permanent change or hours of QT with a curling iron. Before you head in to braid out, find a couple things to consider when you


  • Know how your braids last best. If your hair type becomes more flyaway and slippery with shampoo or conditioner, skip that step before starting this style. (Personally, I condition only and do not wash.)
  • Holding product equals holding power. Add your favorite leave-in after stepping out of the shower with a bit of spray gel/ hairspray on your wet hair before starting each section. Sleeping on the wet style will allow you to get curlies while you (don't) wait . . . and offer conditioning time, too.
  • Wavy, wavier, waviest as desired. Typically, more braids mean more waves and thicker hair will result in more volume and require more braids for more definition. You'll get a much tighter curl from several cornrows than you will from one tight French braid style, but it's not essential to use those braiding techniques. Just know, the closer you can get to your scalp when starting, the higher up your waves will begin.

If you're not a self-styling pro, grab a pal and take turns braiding each other's hair. It's like Summer camp all over again . . . this time minus the chlorine and bug bites.


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