In order for you “crunchy” waves, mix somewhat hair gel with the water for a slight crunch. If you would like a powerful hold you can prep each section of hair after spritzing with water with mousse, gel and even paste. Experiment to achieve different results.
For extra control across the face, crown and sides, apply a firm holding hair cream or sculpting gel. One to try: Ken Paves Healthy Hair Curl Balm.
Note: Damp tresses are required to help the waves set better. Creating braid on bone dry hair won’t create the identical results. It is also true hair with natural texture will generally have a more uniform results then stick straight strands unless numerous styling products are applied to the damp strands.
2. Plan Your Braid Pattern Before You Start
If you do not really care about the result of your waves and are fine with random results, just grab individual chunks of hair and start braiding.
Keep in mind the smaller the braid, the tighter the waves and the larger the braid, the looser. Also, for those who do three strand braids you should have a looser wave pattern than should you do six or eight strands or more.
3. Start With Your required Part – Or Not
It is always best to plan your wave design before you begin braiding.
Take into consideration where or if you’d like a component. The part might be center or to either side unless you prefer no part. If you braid all the way from the tip of the foundation to the very end of the hair you’ll have a much bigger texture than if you start a few inches from the roots with the braid.
“Meet The Robinson” World Premiere
You may want to think about separating your entire head into four, six or eight sections and creating the same sized braid pattern all around your head. It will create uniform waves. If you want an irregular pattern you’ll be able to alternate thick and thin braids or three strand with six or more strands for an unusual wave result.
4. Whether you start with newly washed or dry hair keep a water spritzer handy.
It’s possible you’ll find that as you braid from one side to the other your hair may dry out in some sections. Be sure that the entire braids have an equal dampness. This may guarantee uniform results. It’s usually best to begin at the front of the hairlines and work around your head in a circular pattern.
Have a friend assist you with the back if you’re creating braid waves for a special event and need them to have a uniform look and flow.
5. Use a “hair friendly” hair tie to secure each braid.
Remember hair is most fragile when wet so be gentle with your hair and you braid. It’s always best to use a light leave-in conditioner to your fingers to assist glide through your tresses easier.
Also, if there are any snags on your fingernails or fingers make sure you remove them before using to finger pick or braid delicate tresses.
You might wish to use Blax bands and then simply cut them off the ends when you undo the braids which eliminates and pulling or wear and tear on the ends. Or you could wish to use “hair friendly” elastic bands that may be easily faraway from the ends.
Wearing Braid Style Waves
Note: Never, ever use rubber bands in any manner on either wet, dry or damp tresses.
6. Let braids air dry overnight or sit under a hood dryer. After you’ve got created the braids to your satisfaction the longer you keep them in your hair, the deeper and more defined the waves can be if you remove the braids.
You may either sleep on the braids overnight or sit under a hood dryer if you want instant results. A blow dryer can work in a pinch however the waves is not going to be as deeply set and should not hold as long or consistently. By far the very best method is to apply the braids to damp hair and let the hair air-dry for at the very least 12 hours or more.
For those who sleep on the braids overnight you may either want to cover with a satin night cap or sleep on a satin pillow case to stop hair from frizzing or being disturbed from the braids.
Note: If hair naturally gets frizzy you might to apply a light coating of defrisant cream to damp strands before braiding.
If you probably did sleep within the braids overnight and they didn’t dry on their very own you’ll be able to finish them off within the morning with a fast blast of a blow dryer set on low/cool speed/temperature.
7. Once braids are 100% dry remove to unveil new waves. It’s important To not remove the braids until hair is completely dry. When you remove the braids too early you’ll likely see wimpy results and not the deeply patterned waves which are possible with braid waves.
8. Finger pick waves into position. After you remove the braids it’s possible you’ll first wish to spritz your entire head with a fast or firm holding hairspray for extra hold like PhytoPro Strong Finishing Spray or Ken Paves Healthy Hair Shaping Finishing Spray. Let the hairspray dry and then use your fingers to carefully pick through the brand new waves.
2009 BET Awards
All rights reserved
If your hair is naturally curly you’ll be able to play with gently twisting a number of the newly formed waves into ringlets instead of allowing them to stay as waves. Don’t use a brush or comb or else there may be danger of deconstructing the natural waves.
After you have got the waves to your liking finish with another blast of shine enhancing hairspray or finish with a swipe of Ken Paves Healthy Hair Shine Serum. Apply one drop of the Shine Serum to the palms of your hands, rub together and then lightly brush excessive of your gorgeous new soft waves.
Other Braid Wave Notes
Braid waves looks fantastic with a ravishing hair flower affixed to 1 side over the ear allowing the waves to softly cascade down the back of your neck.
Headbands also work fantastically with braid waves. Experiment with various hair accessories to determine which looks best together with your waves.
Braid waves are a straightforward, hair friendly and low maintenance style which works well on hair that’s medium to very long in length in just about any texture and kind of hair. It gives hair a rest from brutal hot blow dryers or hot irons and rollers and looks amazing.
Note: If you’d love to try the Ken Paves Healthy Hair products take a look at his convenient Healthy Hair Try Me Kit which incorporates 2 oz of the daily shampoo, conditioner, shine serum and shaping hair spray. All Ken Paves Healthy Hair products can be found at the HairBoutique.com Marketplace.