2. Roll your ends. I use satin covered sponge rollers on my ends so that they're not stick straight. I braid the hair until right before it starts to thin, and then I roll it from the ends until it hits the braided part. This method also disguises the thinning toward the ends.
3. Maintain a braidout by moisturizing and sealing then rebraiding--in fewer sections than the original set or piling it on top of your head and covering it with a bonnet. You can get the hair on top of your head by putting your cap on upside down, pulling the hair into a high loose ponytail, or pinning up the sides and back.
4. DO NOT COMB A BRAIDOUT!! I once combed out a braidout before rebraiding for the night and the next morning I looked terrible. Combing also increases the amount of manipulation and number of hairs on your floor. Save yourself the agony and just braid it back up waves and all.
If you liked this post on braidouts, view some of my others:
A Week of Braidouts
New Braidout Technique
Braidout Maintenance: An Experiment