A braid-out is a great way to add waves to straight hair or stretch and lengthen curly hair without using a heated styling tool, such as a curling iron or crimper. A braid-out is a healthful style choice for your hair, and it is easy to do. First, wash and condition your hair. Second, part your hair into sections (four sections will usually suffice, but you may want more depending on your preference--the smaller the braid, the tighter the wave pattern will be). Third, gently comb each section and then braid it. If your hair is prone to frizz, you may want to add a small amount of styling gel to each section before braiding. Remember not to braid your hair too tightly--you do not want to have any tension near the scalp. For the safest and healthiest option, let your hair air-dry (time will vary depending on climate and hair texture, but thick hair usually takes at least 12 hours). If you don't have time to let your hair air dry, you can use a blow-dryer with a diffuser or a hood dryer (time will vary depending on texture, but thick hair usually takes at least 60 to 90 minutes). After your hair is completely dry, unbraid each section and let the styling fun begin. Results will vary depending on texture, but you should have some luscious waves to work with--the possibilities are endless.
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Layering or mixing hair conditioners and treatments can increase the variety of proteins, vitamins, and minerals that you infuse into your hair, thus improving its health, appearance and manageability. Keep in mind that hair only absorbs what it needs and the rest of the nutrients will just sit on the surface of the hair shaft. This is only a problem if buildup occurs and hair starts to look and feel brittle, stiff, limp, dry or dull. If you are happy with the results, then your "special recipe" is probably working.
It is important to deep condition your hair once in awhile to keep it healthy, beautiful, and to help prevent future damage. If your hair is dry or over-processed, deep conditioning can replenish the hair strength and moisturize. To deep condition hair, apply a protein enriched conditioner from the roots to the ends. Next, cover your hair with a plastic cap or plastic wrap and sit under a hood dryer for at least 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse your hair. Heat is needed to help the conditioner penetrate the cuticle layers more efficiently. For optimum health, deep condition your hair one to two times a month.
When parting natural or curly hair into sections, use a leave-in conditioner to help the comb slide more easily through the hair and prevent snagging or pulling. First part the hair with your fingers—second, spray the leave-in conditioner directly onto the area where you want to slide the comb—third, use the end of a rat tail comb to smoothly part the hair. Great for preventing breakage and discomfort.