I have to update you on V's box braids though because she is SO in love with them, that it finally happened. The girl asked for locs. Yup, she did. She was able to put two and two together and realize that all the freedom I have been allowing her with her braids was pretty much what her sisters life is like with locs. My reply to her was, "But wouldn't you miss your puffs and other styles? Maybe we should give it a few more years and then think about it again?" My powers of persuasion win again, because she thought this was a brilliant idea. Isn't it great when your kids are still young enough to think you are SO SMART!
What we did decide to do was to keep the box braids for awhile longer! I was going to switch to a different style and then come back to the box braids later in the summer, but I had a plan that I thought would be easier and V was so pleased to keep the braids!
I just gave her hair a really thorough washing with the first set of braids in. Then I took out the braids a few at a time and put them back in. I took out a few at a time because I was making them a little bit smaller this time. So in some places where I had 2 braids, I put in 3. Or where there were 4 braids I put in 5. In some spots where there were really large braids I just split them in half. But when I did this I made triangle parts this time. Just to change things up!
The last set of braids we had in for 4 1/2 weeks. I am hoping since these are a bit smaller I can stretch them out for 5 or 6 weeks. At the end of the life of the braids when they are looking super fuzzy, I just keep them in french braids or pigtails and they are fine!
Here are a few pics of how we have styled the braids:
|Half up French Braid|
|Two French Braids|
|Wavy Pig Tails (from the French Braids)|
|Two Cornrows into a Ponytail|
|Bangs only on one side|
Those were all from the first set of braids. These are the newer braids. They have been in for almost a week now. Last night she rinsed them in the shower and afterwards when they were wet we put them into 5 big braids to make them wavy. From the pics it looks kind of sparse (especially in comparison to B's full locs) but in person this looks darling!
I have a few other posts in my brain waiting to be written. But I am making time with the kids my number 1 priority this summer! Last summer I was going to school and I barely saw my family. NOT GONNA HAPPEN this year! So, please be patient. If you don't hear from me for a bit, just know we are having a good time!