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I am loving my braid-N-curl result!
Though I am still hating my ends, I decided that my last braid out did not look great because I failed to properly roll the ends.
If you are transitioning and have 3″ or less relaxed ends remaining, I recommend:
- Technique: Braid just past the line of demarcation and curl (flexi or perm rods) the rest
- Smooth Ends: Use your fingers or rolling papers to ensure that the ends are smoothly around the rod
- To “Set” the Curl: Use foam or setting lotion
- To Avoid Frizziness: Ensure your fingers are coated with oil (I use castor) as you remove the braids. Also be gentle when removing braids so as to not disturb the curl pattern
- To Avoid Overly Greasy Hair: Use less product; try using dime to quarter sized amounts of product
- For Fullness: Invest in an afro pick and gently fluff your roots after the braids have been removed
- To Remove Parts: Fluff the roots with a wide tooth comb or afro pick…or you can massage your scalp to hide the parts
- For Great Shape: Roll your hair so that the braids fall in a way that creates the shape you wish to achieve
- Control the Curl Pattern: For looser curls, braid more loosely; For tighter curls, make braids tighter
From one transitioner to another, I hope these recommendations help you to achieve a fabulous braid-N-curl!
Here’s a look back at my B-N-C history.