Super Easy, Minimalist Braid-out

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I was going through my phone to delete some pics (I’m too embarrassed to admit how many pics I have and how many are selfies … but, let’s just say, too many :P), and came across this braid-out that I never posted here. The things that make this braid out notable for me are that I achieved it with minimal products and styling!!

Two Pocahontas-style braided ponytails have become my go to “style” since I started working out daily for my 365 Days of Fitness.

Told ya!

After pre-pooing, washing, detangling, and deep conditioning, I want to spend as little time styling my hair as possible. In addition, I like to keep my hair off my face and neck during my morning workouts. This keeps me cooler and prevents my hair from getting too sweaty (I sweat in my head, so my hair almost always gets wet to some extent. This is even with good sweatbands, which really just keep the sweat on my face from seeping into my front hairline). Finally, the style has been great for hot summer weekends. Throw on a hat or headband and I’m out the door!

Anywho, all this to say, I’ve been rocking these braids and the resultant braid-outs all summer. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I got the really great braid-out from the two braids and only two products!! These products are also regulars in my rotation: Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) Leave-in Conditioner and my Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) mix, which includes a little EVOO and a few EOs (can’t even remember what I threw in there). After washing:

  • Blotted hair with a tee-shirt so that it was damp, not dripping wet.
  • Applied enough KCKT to finger detangle hair in four sections, then combed through the sections with a shower brush to smooth the hair.
  • Parted hair down the middle with fingers and made a braid on each side, starting the bases of the braids behind my ears.
  • Applied a little JBCO mix to seal the last few inches of hair.

I wore my hair in the braids overnight, tying the top down with satin scarf. Then, I left the braids in for at least one full day (it usually takes one day to totally dry), and when I released the following day …. voilà.

2braid_braidout91082645_10201835697951901_1497702319_nAnd that’s all I have to say about that.

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Do you have a super easy, minimal products and tools required, go-to style? Spill so that others can benefit from your cleverness ;)!! And if it’s dual purpose, even better!!

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15 responses »

  1. Beautiful braid out! I long for my hair to get to that length one day. And no shame with the selfies. I have a photo gallery full of them in my phone. It’s something how much our hair can fascinate us!

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  3. I think I would have to do 4 braids because i cannot cornrow my own hair…but think its awesome! I always like the way braid-outs look with larger braids. I usually do scarf braids on stretched hair, then to maintain for the week/workout week i put my hair in two braids while working out…then once my workout is finished i add some leave in moisturizer, some oil and either braid back into 4 braids, or do the scarf braids all over again. this does not require combing…its takes about 20-30 minutes to moisturize/seal then rebraid…but its worth it. the best part is that bc this look is similar to my curl pattern, just a bit smoother, i dont have to worry about my edges getting frizzy from working out. overnight in a satin scarf seems to do the trick to lay them down. Skills…are you cornrowing your hair?

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    • Hi Michelle, this isn’t cornrows. It’s just two braids that start behind my ears. I can cornrow, but I find that it’s harder to do on my curly hair now that it’s longer and I feel like I cause breakage. So, seriously, this style keeps it simple!! And thanks for sharing your style!!

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  5. Do you have a picture of the Pocahontas braids without a scarf or hat so we can see where they start? Also, are they cornrows or braids? Thanks..

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  6. My super quick braid-out is similar to yours. I part with my fingers down the middle. Then part with my fingers horizonally, working one side at a time. So at the end, I have 4 braids, 2 in front and 2 in back. I use Aussie moist or Giovanni direct leave-in, sealed with jojoba oil.

    eMME

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