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Drying hair in plaits?!

I really want a looser curl pattern, aaaand i have a question. I understand that if you braid your hair, it makes it more wavy. However, in order to do this, my hair would need to be very wet, so its straight, so there's no curl pattern. BUUUT, i know i need to try this to find this out, but surely if i wet my hair, put gel in it and then braid, if i sleep on it overnight, it wont dry? Is there any way to get your hair to dry faster in the braids without causing frizz? I have quite a lot of hair..
Curl pattern: Loose waved underlayer, a mixture of 2b, 2c, 3a
Porosity: Low
Density: Thick
Length: When stretched approx 5cm above belly button
Low poo: Tresemme Naturals
Conditioner: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
Styler: Olive Oil Eco Styler
Deep conditioner: Olive oil



  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    If your hair is thick and in braids wet, it could stay damp for well over 24 hours. I never braided wet when my hair was long, but if I bunned it, it just never dried all the way. I don't really know how you could get it to dry, because the parts that stay damp are inside of each strand and there's really no way to reach them without a lot of manipulation. You could try braiding very loosely, but I'm not sure how much that would help your curl pattern--and if your curl pattern is really strong, braiding might not make much difference after a while.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel
  • DaiseeDayDaiseeDay Posts: 94Registered Users
    I think one of those hooded dryers would work if you do enough braids so that the air can reach your scalp. Maybe putting it all into a turbie twist might help too.
    ~ Dense, fine, low porosity ~
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Do multiple smaller braids instead of one or two.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • CurlyInTheFogCurlyInTheFog Posts: 876Registered Users
    I think smaller braids would work in terms of drying, but maybe not with curl pattern. I think I'd do some experimenting and see if you can come up with something that's effective on both fronts.
    3a/b, F, normal porosity

    Suave conditioner, LAL gel

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