THE BRAID OUT HAIRSTYLE
The solution for the busy woman
Does your hectic schedule leave you little time to tame your mane? Are you left grappling with finding a hairstyle to suit this challenge? If the answer is YES, I have just the solution for you. It’s called “the braid out”. The simplicity, practicality and benefits of this style are nothing shy of wondrous. It’s quick, easy, great for your hair and oh so convenient for the busy Mom, wife, career oriented and active woman. There’s even a plus factor as this style offers versatility. It’s best to start with freshly washed hair.
These are the tools you should have on hand: a wide tooth comb, moisturizer, sealer, end papers and rollers. Once you’ve washed and conditioned your hair, part the hair in preparation for braiding. The size of the braids will dictate the end result. For example, larger braids will produce a looser curl and smaller braids will produce a tighter curl. I prefer a looser curl and therefore place about 7 braids total in my head. I put one braid in the top of my head, one on each side and four in the back. You can use the traditional 3 strand technique or French braid each section. Another option is to simply twist the hair using 2 strands of hair. It’s totally up to you. Upon parting each section, gently comb the hair from ends to roots. Apply a small amount of moisturizer followed by a sealer. I usually use Africa’s Best Organics Kids Shea Butter as my moisturizer and coconut oil as my sealer. Proceed to braid that section of hair. Once you’ve completed the braid, place an end paper on a roller and roll the braid up. If you don’t have end papers, tissue works well as an alternate. If you’re using a sponge roller, you will have a tighter curl. If you’re using a plastic roller, you will have a looser curl. Continue braiding the remaining hair until your entire head is done. Place a silk scarf or bonnet over the hair when done. Depending on how long it takes your hair to dry, you may need to leave the braids and rollers in overnight or you can sit under a hood dryer to expedite the drying process. Once the hair is dry, remove the rollers and braids. Gently finger the hair to separate the braids. You may also gently massage the scalp to eliminate any parts in the hair. Style the hair as you normally would wear it.
This style can be worn free or with a lovely headband or scarf. To maintain this look, you would use a dab of moisturizer to the ends, re-braid the hair and roll each braid. I rely on this technique when I am active with my fitness regimen, have chores around the house, no errands to run or little time to do my hair. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this style. The finished look is beautiful and will garner looks of admiration and envy. Are you ready to rock the braid out today?
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