4. Grab a section to braid and use the force of the shower stream to help detangle the hair as you braid the sections, move to the next section until your hair is completely braided up. You should have 5-7 freshly detangled and gorgeously moist braids once done.
5. Once you are done its time to apply your leave in conditioner(affiliate link). This part might be a little controversial to some of you but a quick way to add a leave-in is just over the length of the braid, there is no need to apply the leave-in conditioner(affiliate link) to every single strand because you conditioned your hair thoroughly during your wash or co-wash. Water is the real moisturizer here so there’s no need for overkill.
6. Seal your hair with your favorite oil or butter, make sure the ends of your hair are sealed properly so that you can trap some of the moisture you added during your wash routine. At this point you can decide if you want to add a little gel to the ends of each braid or to the length for added structure/ hold. (only add the gel after sealing)
7. Stretch the braids- this part is optional because braiding the hair keeps the strands nice and stretched anyway but you can get some extra stretching by banding the braids together.
8. Cover your hair with a satin scarf and head to bed.
9. Release the braids the next morning, you can tension blow-dry the hair if necessary, fluff and go!
The results should be highly textured, greatly moisturized, ‘wash and go esc’ hair!
To save the style just ‘pineapple’ your hair every night and sleep on a satin pillowcase. Release and fluff in the morning. Pineapple-ing your hair gives you the added benefit of having stretched curls daily!
Have you been looking for ways to improve your braid outs? If so what cool ideas have you come up with?
Originally posted 2012-08-19 19:00:09.