I don't often wear braids and tend not to wear them when I leave the house, but yesterday I decided to plait or braid my hair and wear it braided today.
Three-strand braids are great for stretching out your hair. When you take them out, you can wear them as a braid out and may get a little more length showing with your hairstyle than if you just do a twist out. My hair still shrinks some even when braided, but much, much less so than when I wear it in twists. When I take these out for a braid out, my hair will not be in a rounded afro. It will hang down. Many people wear braids on a regular basis without adding additional hair to make their braids look longer or thicker. I don't add any extra hair. I prefer a less "scalpy" look, so I just grab a portion of hair and braid it. Some call them box braids or plaits or just braids. What do you call them?