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.
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.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
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!!
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!
Now I have the hair pics AND the fitness pics!! Shoot, I have all of these Polar HR Monitor pics now too!! LOL!! And thank you!!!
Well at least you can make a great picture encyclopedia of your life this year of your determination for fitness and even with your hair journey! Not everyone has the pictures to be able to do that. Ah haaaaa see that’s the positive side of things! lol
LOL!!! That’s the way to see the glass half full!!! Thank you for the support and enabling!! LOL!! 🙂
Hair is working, body is banging! you go girl!
Thank you Miss Otha :)!!
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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?
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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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..
Hi Kendra. I don’t have a pic … at least, not that I could find! And believe you me … I looked through all of those pics trying to find one!! LOL!! But, I’m going to clarify the post with some additional bullet points. Curly Nikki actually reposted this after asking me some questions and I realized a LITTLE more detail might be helpful. Pocahontas braids to me always means braids, not cornrows or French braids, so I didn’t realize it wasn’t clear to others. And, I start them behind my ears. Next time I do them, I’ll take a pic to add to the post, but it really it is just two braids like those Pocahontas wigs like this:
And here is someone doing a Heidi braid tutorial and how she braids the hair prior to pinning it up is what I do (minus the hair elastics).
Thanks for the detailed reply. I think this is your best braid out ever! Can’t believe it’s so simple!
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.
my baby is fly … and smart … and healthy … and her hair is beautiful … and that is all i’m gonna say! (even though she’s much more!)