JJ has had small braids for about 3-4 weeks now.
She already had small braids in the back, from week 4 of the BBB protective style challenge. Once I took down the cornrows that had been in the front for that style, I made small braids in the front, for a total of about 90 small braids.
I didn't mean for these to stay in so long, but JJ absolutely loved swinging those little braids around, and I loved that her hair was so low maintenance (because I am **still** crazy busy at work). In fact, I have been so busy that I didn't even take a photo of the small braids until they were coming down.
Here they are at the end of 3 weeks (front) and 4 weeks (back). The back actually looks better (= less fuzzy) than the front even though those braids are older. There's been lots of sun hats off and on, sleeping caps falling off in the night, and general roughhousing.
Holy cow, these took a long time to take out! Too long - thus the Unhappy Hair Day. JJ was grumpy and complained that it was taking too long (she was right!) and I was frustrated that it was such a slow process.
I tried a million different methods to try to speed things up, but I don't think small braid take-down is something that can be rushed.
In the end, what worked best was:
1) spritz lightly with water
2) apply leave-in conditioner
3) use end tooth of soft plastic comb to gently pull out 1-3 "stitches" at a time
4) lots of TV shows, snacks, and movement breaks
I must have said to Daddy D about a hundred times that I would never do small braids again. And at the time I really meant it.
Now that a day has passed, I think "never" is too harsh. We both loved these braids while they were in. They were so versatile, looked great, and really protected her hair. However, I will remember that small braids take a while to come down and I will PACE myself. A few rows or sections at a time, maybe even per day.
Here is what went in today - TWISTS. Easy in, easy out.
|Most of the way there - I felt like I'd run a marathon!|
|Went with a side part so the twists will hang the way JJ likes them to.|
|Thank goodness that's over with!|
|Time for a nap!!! For both of us!!!!!|
(this is the toy box BTW)