This is my first attempt at a braid-out...not to bad. I put a headband on and off I went. I'm sure I can rock this look for a week until I get braids again. I can tell already that a braid out is not a good idea in cold weather though. Even thought I put perm rods on the ends of my hair to make sure that they were not straight, they were still a bit frizzy. I think I will put castor oil or olive oil on the ends next time...maybe that will help.