Taking down a braid out

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Ok, I need some advice on products I can use (oils, etc), when taking out my braids for a braid out. I've tried doing braid outs in the past, but stopped because I was noticing a lot of mid strand splits. The process of taking down the braids was too harsh on my hair. I've had better luck with twist outs, but I don't get the same definition when I do big twists (frizz city).

My hair is 4b. It's growing, but as it gets longer I've been trying to simplify my life by doing my hair in bigger sections, so that my hair takes less time. Sorry for the novel, but any advice I can get on taking down my braids without damaging my hair & keeping the definition, would be appreciated. Heck, I'd even take advice on how to remove big twists & still have definition.
I have 4a hair & I like to use sm curl enhancing milk to take out my twist outs. I spritz with water all over, then put the milk on each twist down with the curl milk. But only use this if your hair likes coconut.
Don't separate them as much. If I separate my twists too much, frizz/fuzz city.
Thanks for all the tips. I don't have sm's (shea moisture?) curl milk at home. Would Oyin Handmade's hair milk work as well? It looks like I might have to make a run to Target.
May be the size of the braids causing the problem. I do braids chunkier than twists because the take down is more difficult and more stress on my hair if I do small tight braids.
Thanks for that. I have about 14 braids in my hair right now. Is that too much? I did suspect that I was braiding too tight. I'm going to have to work on braiding with less tension, but it's hard because I tend to pull as I braid.
I have 4b/c hair. I don't use oils or moisturizers to unravel my braids for a braid-out.

I do 10 braids (w/ two-strand twisted ends) for my braid-outs. I used to do 16 braids but they became too difficult to unravel as my hair gained length. I braid pretty tight (for definition) but I make sure to keep the sections separate to avoid breakage. Two-strand twisting the ends makes takedown easier which means less stress on the ends.

Mid-strand splits are caused by combing and/or brushing. Here's more info: THE NATURAL HAVEN: Mid shaft splits: cause and prevention You can prevent mid-strand splits by reducing and/or eliminating the use of the combs and brushes (finger-detangling, less passes of a comb/brush, etc.). You can eliminate mid-strand splits by cutting the damage strands.
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Last edited by Fronomenal; 07-17-2013 at 03:26 PM.
Yeah don't pull so tightly. I had to re-train my hands for when I do braid outs, they can't be as tight as they would be if I were leaving them in for a while or with extension hair like I did back in the day.

I like to use almond oil to take my braids down, just a little to give some slip on the hands. I tend to do 26-30 braids because it lasts longer but it's not so many that it takes a long time to take them down.

I recommend watching KinkyKurlyQueen on YT, her braid-out videos were very helpful for me towards getting better results. And her hair is pretty so that's more motivation to get good at them, lol.
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Ok, I need some advice on products I can use (oils, etc), when taking out my braids for a braid out. I've tried doing braid outs in the past, but stopped because I was noticing a lot of mid strand splits. The process of taking down the braids was too harsh on my hair. I've had better luck with twist outs, but I don't get the same definition when I do big twists (frizz city).

My hair is 4b. It's growing, but as it gets longer I've been trying to simplify my life by doing my hair in bigger sections, so that my hair takes less time. Sorry for the novel, but any advice I can get on taking down my braids without damaging my hair & keeping the definition, would be appreciated. Heck, I'd even take advice on how to remove big twists & still have definition.
Originally Posted by Dee12

All of this advice is very helpful. One additional suggestion: if when braiding or twisting, you borrow hair from the other sections (because you notice the pieces you're working with are getting shorter/thinner) you may experience tangles and frizz. I know from experience. If that section runs out just stop and start over or continue to work with the pieces u have left.
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Another tip! I just tried this method that I saw from AfricanExport where she braids only about halfway and then twists the rest. It worked well for me and made it easier for me to unravel but gets my roots a little more stretched from the braid at the top than a twistout would. Here's here video on it: NATURAL HAIR: My LONG LASTING Moisture Routine Perfect For Protective Styling - YouTube

Also, as some of the other ladies mentioned, I moisturize my hair before I take my braids/twists out and then I seal. I usually do it before I shower and by the time I'm done, the moisturizer has had time to absorb a little so it's not too wet when I take it down, just soft so it's easy to unravel.
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I agree with twisting the ends, makes the takedown super easy. And don't forget to detangle well before braiding.
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I never braid all the way down. I braid 3/4 and twist the last 1/4. I also do a little finger twirl for my ends for a smoother look once I take down

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