Satin-Scarf Braid Out

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I’ve been meaning to do a satin scarf braid-out again for a long time. You see, I first discovered the satin-scarf braid-out in 2010 on YouTube when I saw these videos by Nina Pruitt.

via ninapruitt

(Note: Nina was inspired by this video by ZanAndRob.)

I had gotten a Dominican blow-out that week and decided to try the braid-out (no cornrows; just regular braids) on my straightened hair. These were my results back then.

I liked the results! I think that I did this technique a couple of times after that on my natural hair, but don’t really remember what it looked like or why I stopped. Anywho, when I did the braid-out with Cream & Coco Curls for Days Hair Pudding this past Sunday (see here) and realized how light, but moisturized my hair felt, I thought that it might be a good time to dust off this technique! I wanted to see if I could get an even greater stretch re-braiding a braid-out using the satin-scarf technique for an elongated and defined beach-wave effect.

What I Did:

  • Took 7 satin-scarf pieces (1 satin scarf cut in half lengthwise).

  • Separated my hair into 7 relatively equal sections (off center part with 2 sections on the left side of my face, 1 on the right side, 3 sections in the crown and 1 section at my nape).
  • Working by one section at a time:
    • Lightly dampened each section with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose conditioner diluted in water using a small spray bottle.
    • Applied a pea-sized amount of Cream & Coco Hair Pudding (applying to bottom half first and smoothing up to roots).
    • Braid hair using scarf as two outside sections of braid and hair as the middle section, looping scarf under hair to begin braid.
    • Loop and tie one end of scarf around end of hair to secure braid and cover ends. I applied a little more of the pudding to my ends to ensure that they were well moisturized and smooth prior to knotting scarf.
  • Repeated until all 7 sections were braided.


I slept in one of my satin pocket bonnet (I cut the bottom out of one so that my braids hung free from the end) and then released and fluffed with some Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade this morning. These are the results.

I think this is a great technique for all hair types and textures, especially transitioners who are trying to find styles that blend their natural and relaxed hair.

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What do you think? Have you ever tried the satin-scarf braid out? If so, did you like it? If not, would you try it?

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11 responses »

  1. I love this idea! I’ve never really done a braid out but I think I could get this to work on my hair (it is fairly short). If it doesn’t work out, I could always go back to my faithful my roll tuck and pin.

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  2. Love the look! Great idea. I’d never heard of this technique. It’s funny you did this style because I’ve been rocking braid-outs all week. For the past 3 nights I’ve re-braided my hair and moisturized, focusing on the ends. My hair is defined when I first take them out, but then grows and gets HUGE as the day progresses! You’d love it, Shelli! Lol

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  3. I remember seeing Nina’s video last year and loved the technique…now that my hair is longer I think I’ll give it try this weekend. fingers crossed!

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  4. I did this last night, I loooovvveeddd it! I didnt start styling my hair until well after 10pm, so I washed my hair and dried it to about 80%; however ideally I would like to try this on towel dried hair. After it was dry, I added some smoothing serum, homemade whipped shea butter, then Organic Root Stimulator Twist and Loc Gel, and braided the same as above. Covered, went to sleep, and unwound my braids and fluffed in the morning. Its a lot more polished than my W’n’G, so I really like it. I will def be rebraiding this evening to maintain it for the week, this is def going into the hairstyling rotation! Thank you for this! ❤

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    • Awesome!!!! Zan and Nina actually say it should be done on damp, not wet hair. But, I say, go for it!! I’d think the set would be even better:)!! Yea!!! So glad that this worked out well for you!!!

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