Braid-outs are to me what twist-outs are to my loose natural Sisterfriends. It is a full proof way to give my locs some volume and definition with minimal effort. A loc braid-out takes less time to do than putting rollers or pipe cleaners in my head and I get very similar results. The style can last a while and most importantly, it is super easy to sleep on.

What You Need

  • Rubber bands
  • Coconut oil (or a moisturizer of your choice)
  • Spritzer Bottle
  • Blow dryer or hooded hair dryer

Step One: Hydrate and Moisturize

Loc Braid-Out Tutorial

The very first thing that I do is make sure my locs are clean, freshly hydrated and moisturized. I hydrate my mane with water by using the spritzer bottle to make my hair damp or I will style my hair after washing it. Then I will moisturize it with coconut oil. In these pictures, my hair was completely wet because I deep conditioned using Crème of Nature Argan Oil’s Intensive Conditioning Treatment. When it comes to styling my hair, I like to use the phrase “the wetter, the better”. Loc Braid-Outs work best on damp hair and the more wet my locs are, the more defined the braid out will be.

Step Two: Section Locs to Braid

Loc Braid-Out Tutorial

Loc Braid-Out Tutorial

I pick about six locs in the same section and braid them together. Then I secure the ends with a rubber band. If I want my braid out to be very wavy, I will use less locs to make smaller braids and vice versa. I stick to six locs per braid, that way I am not braiding my hair all night but the result still comes out very well.

Loc Braid-Out Tutorial

Step Three: Add Heat (or Go to Sleep)

Most of the time, I sleep on my braids and let them air dry overnight. I may blow dry the braids in the morning because they are still slightly damp and the style will only work if it is completely dry. If I am in a rush and need same-day results, I will sit under my hooded hair dryer for 30 – 45 minutes, or until my hair is completely dry.

Step Four: Take Down Braids and Flourish!

When my braids are completely dry, I put some coconut oil on hands and take my braids down, one at a time. When I am done, my hair is completely wavy and full of volume. I experiment with side parts, middle parts or I will pin it up.

Loc Braid-Out Tutorial

Loc Braid-Out Tutorial

I love the loc braid out because it is a very simple style when I am in between retwisting appointments. The added volume from the waviness makes my new growth and frizz less noticeable. Loc braid outs are also low maintenance because I can go about a week without having to rebraid my hair again. I can just take my satin bonnet off, moisturize my locs and easily walk out the house. The best part is, this style can be done on loose natural hair as well!

Have you tried a braid out on your hair??