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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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tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 8 years
Actually i have a pic on my teamsugar profile in which i have the curls from this method :)
tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 8 years
I do this in the summer but i get curls not waves. My hair is wavy and if air dried it doesnt really curl but just becomes a frizzy mess with not definition not matter what products i put. By doing this method i get the most defined curls ever. When i want it to be real tight curls i, i let the braids for a whole day. I do two braids on each side of my head attached to the scalp like in the pic( i dont know the name of this type of braid,english is not my first language)
emilyann325 emilyann325 8 years
i do this all the time! i love the way it makes my hair look!
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
I have to braid my hair loosely before bed (just one) or it tangles. It's really long and somewhat fragile so I use leave in conditioner on the braid and hope it helps! I don't think I'd have patience for this style with such long hair.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Sometimes I do a loose braid or two on wet hair for a little wave but nothing like in the picture.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I have too much hair and my arms just get tired doing even two braids.
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
braids with wet hair=breakage!!!!
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 8 years
idk about everyone else, but braids in my crazy curly hair do not equal curls. braids equal frizz and kinks. even with all the styling product, or wet, or dry, etc. it never turns out well. it just looks icky.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I did this a lot. When I showered before bed, I would condition and cornrow my hair. It's very easy to do and I loved how my hair looked in the morning.
luna08 luna08 8 years
We all did this at camp! But we left the ends free and put them up in a messy, looped bun.
amymarian amymarian 8 years
Anytime I shower at night I do this before I go to bed - very little fuss. It's fun to experiment with different braid styles and see what happens when the braids come out!
fashionXX101 fashionXX101 8 years
i'm gonna try this,excellent tips!!!!!!1
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I used to do this all the time when I was litle - funny that there is a term for it now - ha! Who knew :)
garlandofroses garlandofroses 8 years
I like to do this once in a while - take a shower, add some curl constructing mouse, braid my hair, and go to bed. The following day I have some great curls. But does this damage your hair? Like is it ok to do tight french braids? I am always getting split ends, but I don't do anything like blow-dry or use an iron. Do you know why I get split ends? Gosh, sorry for the load of questions! This topic really interests me!! :D
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