How to get the best braid out for natural hair (video tutorial)

Everybody do the braid out!
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Do you ever find yourself gazing at your fellow naturalistas’ springy curls with envy? If you’ve always wanted to learn to braid out at home, but assumed it was too complicated, consider the All Things Hair team your new hair styling fairy godmothers.

Great for the time-starved (AKA all of us) and requiring no heat, learning how to do a braid out will allow you to embrace your natural texture and leave your locks looking polished for days!

So, for a pretty and low-maintenance ‘do, just follow the easy-peasy steps in our tutorial, below.

Step 1

Section hair.

Start by dividing your hair into a box shape section at the back of your head.

Remember: the smaller the box shape, the more defined your style will be.

back view of a woman with natural hair separating it into sections ready for braiding
Step 2

Apply leave-in conditioner.

Spritz this section with a good leave-in conditioner to help smooth and stretch the hair.

Our current obsession is with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist which helps smooth, condition and gently detangles to leave hair beautifully hydrated and ready for styling.

image of a woman holding a bottle of the Tresemme Botanique Hydrating Mist
Step 3

Smooth.

Now that you’ve hydrated your natural curls, it’s time to smooth your mane. 

Try applying the VO5 Frizz Free Cream from root to tip and comb through with a wide-tooth comb to further detangle your tresses.

image of a woman holding a bottle of the VO5 frizz free cream
Step 4

Braid first section.

You’re now ready to start your braid out!

Simply do a regular 3-strand braid, twisting the end to give a more defined curl pattern.

side view of a woman with natural curly hair braiding a small section of hair
Step 5

Repeat.

Repeat steps 1-4 until you have braided your whole head.

side view of a woman with natural curly hair braiding her hair in small sections
Step 6

Sleep with braids in.

Now you can either wait until your braids are dry or catch some beauty sleep with them in – just be sure to protect the hair with a silk scarf or bonnet if you’re sleeping with them in.

When you’re ready, undo the braids. To make this easier, apply a few drops of the TONI& GUY Radiating Tropical Oil to the fingers when unbraiding.

This will also add extra moisture and slip, helping to reduce frizz and tangles.

woman with natural curly hair in a bob length cut touching her hair
Step 7

Separate the curls.

Separate the strands by gently pulling them apart with your fingers.

Tip: Separate them where they naturally want to go, as this will reduce frizz and help maintain definition.

woman with natural curly hair in a bob length cut touching her hair
Step 8

Gel baby hairs.

For the finishing touch to your braid-out style, take a toothbrush and apply a small amount of the VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel to control any baby hairs around your hairline.

woman with natural curly hair in a bob length cut using a toothbrush to style her small front hairs down
Step 9

Finish.

Not enough volume? Then fluff out the roots using an afro pick.

And you’re all done! A fabulous braid out complete in no time.

woman with natural curly hair in a bob length cut with a braid out style smiling at the camera

 

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