Areetha explains how to create one of her signature styles.
Deep Wave Set-Braidout
by Aretha Bright
Professional, cute, sassy, and sexy all describes the braid-out style. This style is simple to create for those days when you want to change it up and elongate your natural tresses or achieve a wavy look. This style can also be used as a great transitioning style to avoid use of heat. This style is best created on freshly shampooed or no poo’d wet/damp hair.
Step One: After shampooing and/or conditioning and rinsing hair, apply your favorite moisturizing product or a leave-in conditioner. Optionally, you can apply styling pomade as well for shine.
Step Two: Plait the hair into 10-20 large plaits/braids. The amount of braids depends on how big you desire the waves to be. It is recommended to twist the ends of the hair so that it will be easier to unravel the braids and so that you won’t disturb the parts of each braid as you take them down. You can either grab hair and braid or comb through sections of the hair and braid.
Step Three: Allow the braids to air dry completely. The amount of time for drying depends on the thickness and length of your hair.
Step Four: Once you hair is completely dry, began to unravel each braid starting at the ends; be careful as to not disturb the 3 parts as you unravel the braids. If you desire your braidout to have a bigger, wilder, free look, then you can separate the 3 parts with your fingers after you have taken down the braids completely.
This style should last for 3-5 days. To make it last the longest, tie a silk or satin scarf around your head or wear a satin bonnet to bed. As the style gets older, you can tie a nice silk scarf as a headband.