So yesterday I decided that I wanted to try a braid out. I've done twist and coil outs before but never a braid out. I shampooed my hair with my diluted Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Shampoo and then conditioned with Oyin's Honey Hemp Conditioner. After that I putin my leave-in concoction of Ojon restorative leave in and Cantu Shea Butter leave in. Then I proceeded to braid it with Aloe Vera Gel. I think that was the problem. The Aloe Vera gel by itself doesn't have enough holding/setting power. When I took down the braids this morning, it was a Hot Stretched Out Mess! Never fear, my head bands are ALWAYS close by. I put a little IC styling gel on the front and in the "kitchen" and made a puff. This was the biggest, fluffiest puff I've gotten since going natural. (Sorry that I don't have a pic of the back.) My hair is really growing! Thanks bad braid out for giving me the best puff ever!
On another note.......I received my nappylocs biz in a box yesterday! I'm so excited about starting my locks. The book suggests that you do test locks before actually locking your hair. I'll do that later this week. Hopefully, I'll take some pictures of the test locks. The process of locking using this tool is really going to be a long one. I realized yesterday and this morning (bad braid out) just how much hair I have. I suppose I'll be calling on my skillful niece for help with this endeavor! More on that later.