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How To Unbraid Hair? 4 Steps To Take Braids Out Of Your Hair

Braids are stunning hairstyles with intricate twists and give you a stylish look.

In addition to the fact that this hairstyle can help protect your hair, it is also manageable and requires little maintenance.

However, the process of undoing the braids is time-consuming and requires patience. The time spent in this process is the same as when you put on the braids in the first place.

In this article, we will save you quite a lot of time to remove the braids through quicker and more efficient ways.

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How do you take braids out of natural hair?

Braids are a popular style and you can get creative with lengths, thickness, and color and all without damaging the hair – but only if you’re careful!

However, there will come a time when you get annoyed that your time with them is up. You have to spend energy on getting them correctly so that it puts less strain on your scalp and hair.

Things you’ll need:

  • Warm water
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • A cap/hooded dryer


  1. Step 1: Spritz the braids with some warm water and carefully make sure all parts of the hair are covered.
  2. Step 2: Start from bottom-up or use a disassembly tool to slowly unravel the braids/twist.
  3. Step 3: Treat your hair deeply with heat to get the best treatment. You can sit under a cap/hooded dryer for 30/40 minutes to help relax your hair.
  4. Step 4: Wash your hair so it can return to the wonderful natural state and relax for the next week or so.

What to put in your hair when you have braids?

As soon as you’ve got your delightful new braid, it’s important to start caring for them properly to ensure they look fresh for weeks to come. Let’s start to explore what you can put on your braids.

Nighttime protection

You might consider investing in a satin bonnet/headscarf for sleeping, which can help extend your hair’s style.

Check out: 5 Steps To Wrap Your Hair With Box Braids

Just add moisture

With this hairstyle, you should avoid over-washing too much when it’s not absolutely necessary (no more than once a fortnight) as this can dry out both extensions and natural hair.

In addition, you also need to keep your braids moist with hair conditioner. However, if that sounds like too much work, you can use a moisturizing spray instead.

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In case you have to wash your braids, try using lightweight shampoo such as Aveda’s Brilliant Shampoo which allows you to clean your hair without leaving behind any product build-up.

Instead of just showering, try washing your hair with a small wet flannel for the convenience of gliding between your partings. 

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Instead of a gel, you can also opt for a mousse to help tame flyaways on the body of the braids and prevent product buildup while taming fuzz.

For everyday styling, you can place your edges with a good edge controller like Crème of Nature that can help extend the life of your braids.

Alternatively, if necessary, finish with a sheen spray to add shine on the greyest of winter days.

See also: How To Fix Edges With Box Braids?

How do I braid my hair myself?

Braids add a fun accent to your hair and are great if you have less time to style it. However, to master it and be able to make it yourself, it takes practice to create a smooth, even braid.

There are many different cute braids to choose from. Take a moment to learn how to braid your hair with these three popular braids below.

The classic three-strand braid


  1. Step 1: Remove any extra knotted with a comb and hair removal tool. For frizzy hair, you might consider applying a small amount of hair oil.
  2. Step 2: Divide hair into three equal parts. Hold the right side with the right hand and left side with the left hand.
  3. Step 3: Start braiding! Cross the right strand across the center thread so that it is now in the middle. Now, you can see that the right strand previously becomes the center thread, and the center strand moves to the right. Next, take the left strand and cross it in the middle so that this now becomes the center strand, and the middle one moves to the left.
  4. Step 4: Bringing the right and left hair to the center. Repeat until the ends of your hair are about 1-2 inches long. Finally, use a hair elastic to secure the braids.

The fishtail braid


  1. Step 1: Detangle your hair with a brush or a detangler. Your hair can be curled before braiding to add a bit more volume.
  2. Step 2: Gather the hair behind the nape and use disposable elastic to tie the hair into a ponytail.
  3. Step 3: Divide hair into two equal parts. Hold the right side with the right hand and left side with the left hand.
  4. Step 4: Apply the same technique as the three-strand braid but this time works with only two. Take a very small part from the outside of the left part and move it to the right part. Then take a very small piece from the outside of the right side and send it over the left side. Repeat this process until the ends of your hair are about 1-2 inches away. Finally, fix it with a hair tie.
  5. Step 5: Use scissors to snip the hair elastic at the top of the braid and remove it from the hair.

The French braid


  1. Step 1: Divide the hair into three parts at the crown of the head.
  2. Step 2: Create one or two rows of traditional braids, cross the right curl strand over the center and then cross the left strand over the center.
  3. Step 3: After doing this a few times, continue with the outside-strand-over-center pattern, but you will start to put other parts of the hair. Before crossing the left or right section over the center, you’ll take a small piece of hair from that side of the head and add it to the outside strand being moved in the middle.
  4. Step 4: Continue to follow until there is no more hair to incorporate. Finally, tie the last one to two inches of hair into a ponytail holder.

It is not always possible to ask someone else to help create beautiful braids. Therefore, learning to be able to create impressive braided hairstyles is very essential.

With the simple braiding tutorials we have presented, we hope you can succeed and master them to beautify yourself. In addition, ways to remove braids as well as care to keep it are also notable things that you should save to treat your hair.

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