August 27, 2013

Easy Braid-out for Natural Hair



by Shelli of Hairscapades

I was going through my phone to delete some pics (I’m too embarrassed to admit how many pics I have and how many are selfies … but, let’s just say, too many ), and came across this braid-out that I never shared. The things that make this braid out notable for me are that I achieved it with minimal products and styling!



Two Pocahontas-style braided ponytails have become my go to “style” since I started working out daily for my 365 Days of Fitness.



After pre-pooing, washing, detangling, and deep conditioning, I want to spend as little time styling my hair as possible. In addition, I like to keep my hair off my face and neck during my morning workouts. This keeps me cooler and prevents my hair from getting too sweaty (I sweat in my head, so my hair almost always gets wet to some extent. This is even with good sweatbands, which really just keep the sweat on my face from seeping into my front hairline). Finally, the style has been great for hot summer weekends. Throw on a hat or headband and I’m out the door!

Anywho, all this to say, I’ve been rocking these braids and the resultant braid-outs all summer. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I got the really great braid-out from the two braids and only two products!! These products are also regulars in my rotation: Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) Leave-in Conditioner and my Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) mix, which includes a little EVOO and a few EOs (can’t even remember what I threw in there). After washing, I just applied enough KCKT to finger detangle my hair in four sections, then applied a little JBCO mix to the last few inches of my hair and braided it. I wore it like that for a couple of days (usually takes one day to fully dry), and when I released …. voilĂ .


And that’s all I have to say about that.



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Do you have a super easy, minimal products and tools required, go-to style? Spill so that others can benefit from your cleverness !! And if it’s dual purpose, even better!


CN Says:
I had a few more questions for Shelli! See her responses in 'caps'.  

CN: Do you corn row or make plaits? TWO PLAITS, NO FRENCH BRAIDING.

CN: Do you finger comb or use a tool to detangle prior? FINGER DETANGLE, THEN USE A SHAMPOO BRUSH FOR A FINAL DETANGLE AND TO SMOOTH. 

CN: Damp or soaking wet hair? 
BLOTTED, DAMP HAIR.

CN: How long do you leave in? AT LEAST ONE FULL DAY.

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