BRAIDOUTS: HOW-TO'S FOR RELAXED, TRANSITIONING, AND NATURAL HAIR
|Natural Hair: Braidout on Flat Ironed Hair|
BRAIDOUT ON FLAT IRONED HAIR
All mysteries aside, this texture is similar to relaxed hair--but not. Flat ironed hair will define well with a braidout, but will not hold the crinkled texture for long. HOW I GOT THIS LOOK: Used a water based leave in and did about 15 braids throughout the head. It wasn't difficult. THINGS TO NOTE: You can use a water based product on flat ironed hair--but you don't want it to be too watery. You'll need a little water in your leave-in product for the hair to properly "set". However, putting water straight up on this heated texture will revert the hair. So, keep it CREAMY, not WATERY. I only put product on my hair for this braidout on Day 1. After that, I simply re-braid nightly (less braids).
BRAIDOUT ON TRANSITIONING HAIR
This is the most creative I had to get in order to get a good looking braidout on my hair!
With puffy roots (the unprocessed hair) peeking through, and the relaxed hair uncompromising, I really had to decide on product AND technique. I was known to play with products during my transition, which is important. I had to find out what my hair responded to. I often used creamy leave in--like the Bronner Bros creamy leave-in (I forget the name). So long as it was creamy and not watery, I gave it a try. HOW I GOT THIS LOOK: Fresh washed/conditioned hair. Product from root to ends (your product of choice). Most importantly, I had to accept the fact that my most perfect braid out while transitioning was accomplished with braids and a roller at the end of each braid (to match up the 2 different textures). It didn't match up completely, but it masked the difference a bit.
|Braidout on Transitioning Hair|
|The more braids: The smaller the waves|
BRAIDOUT ON NATURAL (UNPROCESSED) HAIR
This picture was taken while I was transitioning, but I cut off all of the relaxed hair from my "bang" section. It gave me a good chance to experiment, and learn before my entire head was "all natural". Because I was working with such a small section, it wasn't as intimidating as a whole head of hair!
I did twists on freshly washed, deep conditioned hair. The results were phenomenal. I recall that I barely used any leave-in. Mostly it was the fact that I had recently used Cassia Obovata to deep condition my hair, and it was soft, pliable, and easily defined. I know I used oils, but I can't recall the leave in. I have been very limited in my leave-in use (even since I was transitioning). I don't think the leave in or "styler" is the answer to defined hair.
|One of my Favorite Transitioning Hair Styles|
THE FORMULA FOR BRAIDOUT/TWISTOUT DEFINITON
RESULTS: Tightly defined waves/crinkles. Lots of shrinkage. Long lasting texture. Great shine.
BRAID HAIR WHILE MOSTLY AIR DRIED:
RESULTS: Mildly defined waves/crinkles (hair needs maximum water for "set". Mild shrinkage--less definition, more length. May need to re-braid nightly, as the texture will not hold long. Luster/Shine will depend mostly on the product used.
|Braidout on Stretched "Natural" Hair|
BRAID HAIR IN SMALL SECTIONS:
RESULTS: Smaller crinkles, longer lasting definition
BRAID HAIR IN LARGE SECTIONS:
RESULTS: Large Waves, Definition does not last long. Will need to use product to hold definition.
BRAID HAIR ON BLOW DRIED TEXTURE:
RESULTS: Soft waves, Definition will not stay for long. Elongated=Length. Will Revert Easily.
|Braidout on "Natural" Hair with Products|
RESULTS: Strong Definition, Lots of Shrinkage, Lots of Shine, Long Lasting Waves.
RESULTS: Strong, Defined Waves/Crinkles. Long Lasting Definition. Shine/Sheen. Will show some length.
|Braidout on Texlaxed Hair 50% Air Dried (used Oil)|
|Braidout on Wet Coils Using Oil Only|