How to Achieve a Braid Out with Swang

by West Parsons on January 3, 2012 · 14 comments

in hair styles, my hair, tutorial

swang /swæŋ/: the action of lustrous hair with unbelievable body and movement

The Technique
1. Detangled with Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk [+] — excellent slip and results in soft, blow dried hair
2. Blow dried using this [+] method — prevents unnecessary mechanical wear on hair
3. Saturated each section with Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee [+] — moisturizes and provides excellent hold and shine
4. Rolled the ends of each with perming rods [+]
5. Unbraided each section carefully.
6. Sealed in moisture with Pura Body Naturals Sapote Oil

READ MORE: Product Review| Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee (Update)

Here is my true/freshly washed texture — for those who are unaware that my hair is bushy (4a for those that use the hair typing system)

These are the size of the braids. There is a total of about 18 braids.  Ten in the front and eight in the back.

Additional Tips
Often times it is technique and not product which allows for the success of a hair style.  For this style, I say technique and product are both equally important:
1. Do not braid all the way to the ends.  Leave approximately 2 generous inches of unbraided hair
2. Add an additional dollop of product on the ends for curl hold and definition
3. When rolling the ends, roll in a spiral motion rather than rolling the hair continuously on itself. This helps to elongate the curl.
4. At risk of sounding like an infomercial — Use CTDG as your styler. Unlike any other moisturizer I have trialed with this style, this product moisturizes and provides a soft hold. It helps to lay your cuticles flat resulting in the crazy sheen and smoothness you see pictured. It does this all without being heavy or causing build up. Note: Being that this and many other Qhemet Biologics products are a hot commodity (online store closes multiple times throughout the year and local vendors sell out really quick), I’ve definitely attempted to substitute other products to duplicate the results and I have not been successful thus far.

UPDATE! New info regarding CTDG [+]


J. Kenn January 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Your hair looks awesome!! I have never thought to roll my ends with curlers. I may try this next time.

Did you just sleep over night with this style? I usually find my hair holds better when I leave the hair braided for at least 2 days. But, I am also use little product on my hair.

westNDNbeauty January 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hi J. Typically I allow my hair to set overnight or even for a few days before wearing it out. If I am in a rush, I will use a my bonnet hair dryer to speed things up a bit.

Meowmix January 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

You are missed @ LHCF:) Glad to find your blog and YT channel. Get it with that SWANG:) Happy New Year.

westNDNbeauty January 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Aww. Thanks for keeping up with me 🙂

nika January 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

West! Can you please make a vid tutorial of this :/ C’mon…now 🙁

westNDNbeauty January 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Nika, b/c you’re a faithful reader I think I can do that for you 🙂 keep an eye out 😉

nika January 5, 2012 at 2:33 am


Ashley January 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

I agree w/ Nika!! 🙂

TheCoilWhisperer January 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

How do you like this style without blow drying your hair?

westNDNbeauty January 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

If you stretch your hair prior to the final braids, the style comes out the same. But styling takes longer for me to complete as I used this method for stretching.

AmeeraNakisha January 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

This is the first natural hair style (braid outs, twist outs, wet or dry) that has ever worked correctly for me!!! I did it last night and used the CTDG, it came out perfect, it was soft, shiny and full of body but how do you up keep, do I re-braid every night, does it last a few days? Help

westNDNbeauty January 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hi Ameera! Glad this worked for you! I TWIST my hair in 5-7 big loose twists each night and it keeps well.

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