I took my braids out last weekend it took me about four hours and then I washed and detangled with HerbalEssence. I pulled my hair in a high ponytail and separated it into three sections for a braid out ponytail. I wore my hair like this all week, we are bracing for a winter storm here in Atlanta so I'm sure cabin fever might set in...stay tuned for my next style. Stay warm love bugs!!!