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Achieving Big Hair with Braid-Outs

By January 27th, 20216 Comments

DimpledCurlyGirl writes;

Hey guys! What is a good way to do braid-outs to create big hair? When I was transitioning it was easy for me to achieve this but now when I do it it doesn’t come out nice. Any suggestions?

CN Says;

To make my fine, shrinky hair *appear* HUGE, I style on damp or dry hair to minimize shrinkage. I prefer twists over braids for the resulting pattern, but my techniques are applicable to braid-outs as well!

For damp sets, I allow my hair to dry for 15-20 minutes until it’s 75% (or more) dry. Then I apply product and create 8-10 twists. Fewer twists results in a chunky, voluminous twist-out. Loves it. Also, using minimal product (and light hold creams versus strong hold gels) yields the ‘controlled frizz’ effect.

When I style on dry hair, I apply a teeny bit of leave-in conditioner, pomade, or hair butter in sections and twist… usually 8-10. Big hair every time, especially on day 2! Obviously, twist/braid-outs on blown out or roller-set hair yields the biggest sets, but they also don’t last long.


  • Rashida Thompson says:

    That photo…FIERCE. Loooooove it.

  • DimpledCurlyGirlie says:

    Thanks so much Nikki 🙂

  • Candace4life says:

    I like doing twist/twistout on my hair, the braid/braid out didn't work for me. I found it was more difficult taking them out then putting into the hair. But also I saw a natural male on youtube who has his own channel and does really good twists/flat twists on his hair. He's from the Atlanta,GA area here's his youtube with an example of his work. Fellow youtuber "AfrikanHairGod"

  • MelMelBee says:

    I'm with Nikki…2nd day hair is the bossiest!!! I like to do chunky twists which I think is the set up to big hair. I do maybe about 8 flat 2-strand twists, making sure to do 1 in the crown and 2 coming down to frame my face (if that makes any sense..LOL). When I take it out, I separate each twist and use my fingers to get rid of the parts and stretch at the roots. Then I shake my head vigorously for several seconds and I'm ready to go!

  • Anonymous says:

    I just did my first braid out last night on dry hair, though I did wet my hands before applying my product so that hair was slightly damp. It's almost one in the afternoon and I'm just taking them down and they are STILL damn in spots! Anyone know how to resolve this other than buying a dryer?

  • Anonymous says:

    I use to do twists on blown out hair but it doesn't last long. I also do twist/braid outs on damp hair and apply my styling cream of choice to eight twists then seal with an oil. Then I take each twist/braid and put it back into a ponytail or two and band them together. I usually do this over the weekend because it takes longer to dry. After I take off the bands, I fluff. The more I seperate, the bigger the hair.

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