Braidout on Type 4 hair. Google that and see how many photos you will find. Many!
My Normal Routine
I normally wear my hair in two strand twists or individual braids pulled up in a pony or hair bun throughout the week. I spray my hair daily with Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Moisture Mist Spray. At the end of the week, I take the style down and either 1) wash, rinse and repeat the style or 2) skip washing and re-twist or re-braid my hair. I never take a pause to admire my hair because I am always in a rush to just get it done and get it over with. I do, however, make time to snip problem ends once monthly.
Wow, Look at My Braidout
We are nearing the end of the week and my scalp has been itchy for several days. Truth moment, I have not washed my hair in about a month. Please do as I say, not as I do. I used to be really routine about doing my hair but when life threw us a curveball, hair was no longer a priority and still not. Just being honest. Luckily though, my hair thrives on neglect.
I took down my 7 lame braids and let my scalp rest a bit before starting wash day. Upon takedown, I thought wow, look at this braidout. You can kind of say I was feeling myself a bit. Of course, I took some bathroom snaps — surely, I’m not the only one that does that.
I sent the pictures to family and two friends. All of them made me feel good about my progress and suggested I get back to blogging so I can share the knowledge. My reply, trust me – I’m trying.
Gassed Me Up
After they finished gassing me up, I decided to take some snaps outside. My husband was my photographer so I’m still trying to figure all of that out. But, as previously mentioned, I’m trying.
What Products to Use for a Braidout?
Simply put, use products that your hair likes but make sure two things are present: 1) well moisturized hair so it does not look dull and 2) make sure you let your braids stay in for at least 24-48 hours for best results. A coworker and I was discussing this at work and she lets her braids stay in all weekend for better definition. The longer I let my braids stay in, the better the definition. You can always sport an updo like the below style until you’ve let your hair set long enough for an awesome braidout! That’s my secret. What’s yours?