Similar to the twist out, the braid out is a great way to mimic the texture of natural hair. Although your relaxed ends won’t have nearly the same volume as your natural hair, it
1. Part your hair into four sections.
2. Moisturize and seal each section using your favorite moisturizer and oil.
3. Starting from the back, separate about a 1 inch section of hair.
4. Optional – For a stronger hold, apply your favorite curl cream, gel, or wrapping lotion.
5. Split that section into 3 pieces and begin to braid your hair
6. Use a small roller to both curl the relaxed ends and prevent unraveling.
7. Repeat all over your head. Use smaller sections for tighter curls.
8. Dry hair completely. You have the option to either air dry or sit under the hooded dryer*.
9. Apply a light oil to fingers and unravel, being careful not to cause too much frizz.
10. Gently fluff and go!
► Stretches new growth
► Easy to maintain with the pineapple method
► Ends may look thin in comparisons to natural roots
► Time consuming to install braids/plaits
► Hard to detangle
Bonus Style: A Bun
After your styles have run their course or if you’re just feeling lazy with your hair, a bun never goes out of style and can be dressed up or down. Plus, it’s a great way to blend your textures without having to do much manipulation.
1. Moisturize and seal your hair, concentrating on your ends.
2. Place your hair into a neat ponytail.
3. Bun it, using your prefered method:
► Ballerina bun: donut or sock (soaked in oil to prevent dry ends) to achieve that perfect look
► Tuck and roll: roll ends under and bobby pin
► Lazy bun: pull ends halfway through ponytail holder
4. Tie a scarf on your head to smooth your edges and tame flyaways.
5. Accessorize as needed.
As I stated before, it’s okay if you want to straighten every now and then. But your natural hair is growing in and you want to work with your texture, not against it. You’ll probably try at least one of these styles when you’re fully natural, so why not get acquainted with them now?
What styles do you use to blend your textures? Have you had to change your styles as you continue your transition?