Now that my hair has passed the TWA stage, I have had to change-up my braid out technique. In my TWA stages, I would braid my hair while it was still wet after a co-wash. Now I have that when I unravel the braids in the morning, it is too tight of a curl and while my hair is out of the TWA phase, it is still not long. With that being said, the more fluff the better. The tighter the curl, the shorter your hair will appear. The results of a wet braid out is great for up-dos though because it cuts down the chances of frizz or your hair expanding or shrinking throughout the day because the curl is tight and the moisture is locked in. Here is how I do my dry braid outs.
What you will need:
1. Spray bottle filled with water and coconut oil. 3 parts water 1 part oil. (or any other oil you deem appropriate)
2. Wide tooth comb
3. Shea butter mixture
What you to do:
When doing a dry braid out, start with dry hair. Section off a row of hair in the back of your head. Do not part the section because it will be more difficult to fluff hair in the end. Secure the rest of the hair in a hair tie. I usually do 2 or 3 braids in the back. Spray that row of hair with your coconut water lightly. Take a piece of the sectioned off hair and moisturize it with your shea butter mixture. When braiding the hair, make sure it is tight to ensure definition but not tight at the root. Braid all the way to the ends and seal your ends with the shea butter mixture. Repeat this throughout your head. Tie a satin scarf on your head before bed. If you are not going to bed, then let your hair set for at least 3-4 hours. The next day or after 3-4 hours, unravel the braids gently to preserve the curl. Gently pull the curls apart to add volume but be sure to do it carefully as not to add frizz and you’re set to go. Your braid out will be soft and moisturize all day. At night, rather than re-braiding your hair like I used to do, simply secure your hair in large sections with hair ties. This will preserve the curl without you having to re-braid it. Enjoy Divas!