The Five Strand Braid leaves curls the tightest in my opinion. So much so that I couldn't really blend the bottoms to well into the second day curls. It was said (by a commenter) that the standard braid looks like left over braids and not so much on purpose. I think the same could be said about the day after five strand braids. Not one of my favorite second day hair do. Also it was very hard to get rid of the parting line down the back with this one. What do you think?