Style Savior: A Dry Braid Out

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So, by Tuesday night, my wash and go looked like a wash and stop. LOL! No, seriously, the definition was all but gone and I had turned into a wild-looking frizz beast! I got home and thought, “Man, look at this! I look like a hassled mess!” And, given that I had been feeling like I was running around the office like a chicken with its head cut off all day, I looked like I felt!!

Anywho, I knew that I had to do something and washing my hair was not an option. I didn’t want to bun as I was afraid that my hair would be a nightmare of tangles by the time I got around to washing it, if I did that. So, I decided to try to salvage my old, frizzy WnG with a dry braid-out. I broke out the Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose (HSR) Conditioner and my newest acquisition, Wonder Curl Butter than Love Whipped (WC BTLW). As you know, I love the WC BTL Pudding, but had never tried the Whipped, which is a thicker and more moisturizing version of the Pudding.

Once I figured out which products I was going to use, I did the following:

  • Diluted a small amount of  Aubrey HSR with water in a spray bottle.
  • Separated one side of my hair from the back, lightly spritzed it with the diluted Aubrey HSR and gently finger detangled the section.  Surprisingly to me, the detangling was relatively easy!
  • Applied a finger full of WC BTLW and tightly braided section to about 2-3 inches from the end. Twirled the end around my finger to form the natural curl. Applied a little more WC BTLW to ends.
  • Repeated process 5 times to make a total of 6 braids (1 on each side of my face and 4 in back).

  • I smoothed a little more WC BTLW on my crown, then tied a wide scarf around my edges, leaving the braids to hang free for bedtime.
  • In the morning, I spread a pea-sized amount of Amazing Botanicals JBCO in my palms and then smoothed my hands down my braids and released them.
  • I fluffed my turning my head upside down and massaging the roots.
  • Finally, I placed some Eco Styler Olive Oil gel on my edges and tied my hair down with a narrower satin scarf (it’s one of the wide ones cut in half) until I got halfway to work. (Smooth edges make my style look a lot neater ;).)
And this was the finished look at the end of the work day.
This is actually my first stretched style since I got the haircut!! Again, I can really see the difference that this cut has made in the appearance and curl of my ends!!! Makes me so happy :)! Anywho, I definitely think that this braid out will take me through Friday. I think I’m done with WnG for a little while … they are more tangle prone. But, as of now, I haven’t figured out what I’m doing with it this weekend. Whatever it is, it’ll probably start with braids or twists and will be up most of next week!
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What are your weekend hair plans?
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  1. The dry braid out looks really cute. It has definition but still natural looking, not too piecey. Have you ever tried any products from the simply smooth collection? Not the Keratin treatment but the smoothing balm or magic potion? I got them as a sample from curlmart which kinda confused me since I didn’t think that you could use the line on natural hair. Trying to find a product to use for my first twist or braid out :o)

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    • Hi Keedy! Sorry for the delayed response … still catching up with comments! No, I’ve never tried Simply Smooth … never even heard of them. The thing is, I say, if it works, who cares for whom/what it’s formulated ;)!! Sometimes, “smooth” formulas work well for curly hair as they can help control frizz … but, unless the product is natural, it probably also means it contains heavy duty silicones, which is fine if you aren’t practicing the CG method and use sulfated shampoos or ones with cleansing agents that remove cone build up. In regard to your search for a great product for your first twist or braid out, I’ve been hooked on Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner for both! I’ve been getting great definition and hold with it. Good luck!!

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    • Awww, thanks TD! I’ve been working on my “self-portrait” smile:)!! I’m happy to learn that my efforts aren’t for naught and are appreciated:)!

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  2. This is a savior and looks great!!!! I had to stop my wash-n-go’s too. Way too many knots and lets not start in on the set angling time, I think it doubled!

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    • Thanks Miche’al!! Girl yeah, the WnGs can be quick to style, but you eventually have to pay the piper and the time saved styling can end up being spent detangling!! I have found that rewetting with a leave-in and lightly finger-combing between wash sessions helps reduce the amount of bad tangles … though not those pesky SSKs!!

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  3. Ive been lazy with the hair so, somtimes i dont feel like braiding. I think I should have taken that in consideration being that my 4 day old twist out looks like I got in a fight! Epic fail trying to retwist a frizzy twist out. Ill braid next time.
    Loving the smile :).

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    • LOL @ the 4 day old twist out looking like you got in a fight. Yeah, the thing about braids is that they seem to control the sitchee-ation more ;). And thanks Tiff:)!

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    • LOL! No, not only you Michelle. I actually wouldn’t have minded it on the weekend. But, it was a little too wild and frizzy for work … actually, that pic makes it look more tame than it actually was. I did some smoothing to get it to stop looking like I got caught in a fight with a lawn mower;).

      Oh, and did I see a post on your WnG? I don’t think so. Let me go hunting;). I did see the pic on your FB page with you and your daughter though! Looking good!!

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  4. Thank you for this post. Your hair always looks fantabulous! I’m going to start doing different things to my hair, using your suggestions. I will re-visit the wash n go this weekend and when that get boring I will try a braid out like yours. Many thanks!

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  5. I got the same kind of results with my braid out recently! I was so happy that I didn’t have to wash too…lol Your hair is an inspiration to me… I cut it myself and am loving the difference that the layers I put in has done for my braid out! Are you wearing your hair out more often because of the new haircut? I find myself wanting to wear it out more than in protective styles but I really need to retain length so I am gonna get back into the whole GOC and cover it up!lol Check out my dry braid out and the effects of the cut at my blog – http://thatnypoetgirl.blogspot.com/2012/06/evolution-of-braid-out.html

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    • Awwww, thanks Faye. Yes, the haircut is definitely the reason for me wearing my hair out more! It falls more nicely, curls more and doesn’t get caught under things like it did before! But, I’ll be going back up into protective styles more often too! I want to try this faux hawk, bun/roll style that I’ve seen done on shorter, thicker hair to see if I can pull it off!! I’ll check out your post! Thanks!

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  6. Do you think it would work with the AGPB? I couldn’t find any of the AHSR at my Whole Foods last night so I just got some of that and want to re-braid it because I am looking a little wild on the 4 day braid out tip! LOL!

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    • Hey Faye! Yes, I think that it would. I haven’t tried it, but the products have a very similar consistency. So, I’d give it a whirl and see if it works for you! Also, if you have a Vitamin Shoppe in your area, try them for the HSR conditioner … it’ll be a couple dollars cheaper than at Whole Foods too, I’m sure!!

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      • I got some AGPB and used it while on vacation, but I didn’t leave it in. I will try your method later this week. In the meantime, I will look for the HSR at Vitamin Shoppe! Thanks for the tip… :)

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  7. My hair has been needing a little something and it was a henna treatment. It has been five months since I’ve used henna; I wanted to see if I needed it in my overall hair routine. It was a long process but I’m happy I had your detailed process it made a big difference. I applied it to the roots it made an overall difference. I have been doing the curly girl method and I didn’t want the henna to lessen the uniformity of my curl pattern so I added Amla and other herbs also I left it in for like two hours with a few baggies on my head. Also your other tip on not over moisturizing was another good one I realized I would do that when I use to henna. I didn’t need to deep condition long at all. Thanks to your post I think this will be my best henna experience because I knew what to expect and how my hair behaves now so I didn’t need to over do each step like when I was new and excited about every new thing I learned.

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    • Thanks Kinky:)!! Yes, the cut has improved the shape so much! I don’t exactly like the way it is falling from the side part here … but the overall look is so much better :)!

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