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Growing up I always enjoyed combing my dolls hair. I loved braiding my friend’s hair and in undergrad, I was the dorm room hair stylist. All the time I spent watching my mom do hair and being the wash-girl for a local salon, paid off. Fast forward and my own Sugar Plum Z benefits from mama’s hair skills. Styling toddler hair comes with its challenges so today I am sharing my simple natural kids braid out. If you can do a basic corn braid (corn row), then this style will be a go-to for when you or your natural kid wants to wear their hair out. Depending on how well or how small you braid, your little naturalista can rock these braids for a few days and then switch it up to a braid out.
For me, braid out styles work the best on freshly washed hair. The end result is more definition and more shine especially if your child’s hair sucks up moisture quickly or tends to look dry after a day or so. For this braid out, I was excited to try the new Born Curly kids line from As I Am. We started this style using Born Curly Avocado Shea Cowash to detangle her hair. I use the co-wash in the same manner that some people do a pre-poo. This is my favorite product from the Born Curly hair collection. It’s like magic and worked really well to moisture Z’s hair before I detangled and washed it.
After letting the co-wash sit for about 10 minutes, I detangled and then washed Z’s hair with the Aloe Shampoo & Wash. The next step in the regimen is the Argan Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler but before doing that, I did do a separate deep conditioning because Z goes to swimming lessons and this week her hair needed some extra TLC. After deep conditioning, I “towel” dried using a cotton t-shirt. My blogger friend Adanna gave me that cotton t-shirt tip. It’s definitely more gentle on the hair than a towel and does the job.
I use what some might consider a lot of product but I know Z’s hair. She definitely needs it.
Add a half to a whole handful of Rosemary Vanilla Twist Defining Smoothie, part her hair down the middle and then do corn braids all around her head. I add a dime size amount of the Argan Curl Defining Jelly to each section of the hair before braiding. Zoe’s hair sucks up water and moisture. That along with her need to move around, take a break, etc. meant that her hair was almost completely dry by the time I finished the braids.
Z sleeps with a silk cap (when it stays on). For this style, I left the braids in for two days because I wanted the braid out to be fresh for pictures for a project we were working on. Prior to pulling her braids out, I add some of the oil and the shea & cocoa balm to my fingertips.
Here is the end result. To maintain the braid out, I loosely rebraid her hair at night. Sometimes I redo the same braid pattern of if it has been a crazy day, I combine 2 or 3 sections into 1 braid. I use a little of the nourishing hair and body oil on my fingers tips each time I take the braids out.
The Born Curly products never make Z’s hair look or feel to0 heavy with products. It’s also a two for one punch with the shampoo, nourishing oil and balm because I can use them on her skin too. Plus the products are all natural which is great because Z has sensitive skin.
Does your natural kid rock a braid out? Share your tips for the best braid out or your favorite styles with us in the comments.