Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Braid Out: A Photo Tutorial.

• Start out with clean hair.
• Wash, deep condition, & apply a light leave-in conditioner.
For a shiny braid out, apply a light oil or hair serum.
For more hold, use a light setting lotion.

Beware not to overdo it on products, as they will weigh your hair down & make it feel greasy. The best braid out are soft, fluffy, lovely-scented, defined (yet natural-looking), and in my book of personal preferences...BIG;)

• Comb to distribute the product(s) evenly.
• Grab a section of your hair and start braiding.

• When you get to the very end of a braid, twirl it around your finger, for natural hair.
• For relaxed & transitioning hair, roll the end around a satin foam roller.
This will put a cute curl on the tips of your hair.

Resist the urge to make clean parts, as they are hard to hide when styling.
In fact, the more crooked the parts, the better!
• Just use your fingers & grab a 1 to 2 inch section of hair to braid. Continue to do this, braiding all of your hair.

To position the braids, try to imagine the grid of a honeycomb being placed on your head & braid in the direction you want your hair to hang. This will ensure a nice uniform shape to your braid out & further disguise parts from showing.

In the very front, if you like a side or middle part, you can make a clean part there.
For bangs, simply braid hair forward & in the direction you want them to hang.

I normally make 9 to 12 braids. When my hair was shorter, I made more braids & the results had more definition. When my hair was longer, I made less braids & the results were more wavy/loose.

• Allow hair to dry completely.
• Unravel the braids.
At this point, I like to step in the shower. The steam makes my braid outs more soft & fluffy.

• Using a hair pick, comb through & lift the roots of your hair, hiding any visible parts & stopping about 1 to 2 inches before the curled ends.

• Use your fingers to delicately separate the curled ends.

• Once all the ends are separated, play around with your hair, using your fingers to massage your roots & delicately fluff the ends, until you get your desired look.
And, that's it!
Hope this helps someone:)
Any questions, Ask Away...

Oh, and be sure to take a plethora of photos of your braid out & post them to your blog. If you do, give me a heads up here, so I can come gawk at your hair:)

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At May 7, 2011 at 11:54 PM , Blogger Margaret said...

god you pull it off so well! :)
great blog!
loving the posts
stop by some time xx

At May 12, 2011 at 10:57 AM , Blogger MerelyMarie said...

Thank you Margaret:)

At May 14, 2011 at 7:09 PM , Blogger LoveNWright said...

Turned out great!!!

I normally do my WHOOOOLLLEEE process in the shower with running water...I just love the slip of freshly applied conditioner and the extra slip water provides...

My ends, don't coil like yours... #sad

Kay @LoveNWright


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