Need advice on what type of hairbraiding for daughter.

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#1
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My daughter has thick, long hair. It is almost to the top of her teeny little behind. She is also Asian and has coarse hair. I would love to hear from you all on advice on what type of braids to get.

I know I DO NOT want a full head done. Goodness, we would be there for 5 hrs. I just what some on the side or something. But, I can't even envision what this looks like. Someone mentioned a 'head band' type of braiding. What is this like?

Thanks so much for your help on my convoluded question!


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#3
phila, pa
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you can get the bangs done in corn row types of braids. It keeps all the hair off her face too for the rest of the cruise.

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#4
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I would be very careful. I didn't think we would ever get my daughter's undone when she was 19. She lost a lot of hair. She said she would never do it again.

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#5
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My daughter always gets 'half a head' braided. They do it from the front to where a headband would rest. They put beads there so it does look like a headband. Looks real cute and still leaves the back hair free and hanging. The key to getting it out with out losing a lot of hair is to take it out before it is 2 weeks old. When you do cut the rubber bands and lightly take it off. Then put cream rinse on your hear and wash in the shower.

I will warn you that it hurts while they are applying the braids. My 9 year old daughter was fighting back tears half the time. Don't forget to put a lot of sunscreen on the head!It does look so cute when it is done though!

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#6
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I don't have any advice; however, I have always wondered--what is the draw to this hair 'style' and I use the word style very loosely.

From the previous posts I also ask why would anyone willingly and knowingly subject their child to pain, tears, and hair loss? I’m just curious, and not passing judgment upon past and/or future responders.

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#7
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I would think a lot of people see the "style" as an inland thing and not seeing the long term of the "style" (like taking them out)

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#8
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Rather than put your kid through pain, damaging her long hair, and wasting your time in port, I would suggest that if you know how to french braid, french braid her hair in the mornings - There are lots of books out there that show you how to do braids yourself. It looks much classier than those all over the head braids, you won't waste your time, you won't subject her to lice, and they won't harass you into getting her whole head done. Thank Goodness my Mom french braided my hair when I was younger - it never is out of style. I would be so mad if the family photo album had pictures of me looking like an idiot with crazy braids all over my head on our cruise.

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#9
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I finally had this done on my last cruise, and although it did look kind of cute, I don't think I'd do it again. I got sunburned on my scalp even using sunblock and the greasy stuff they put in your hair when they're braiding it is really nasty feeling and hard to wash out. Also it's really expensive even if you're only getting the "headband" braids because they'll do as many tiny little braids as they can get away with so you'll have to pay more because they charge you per braid. I think I'll stick to french braiding my hair on the next cruise, I agree with Littlegoo75; it's free, not painful, and does look classier. And please understand I'm not judging those who do like that style of braiding, just voicing my preference.

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#10
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Is the braiding painful? We were planning to get my ten year old's done, but not if it really hurts. Also, I bought a rat tail comb the other day thinking I could at least make sure the comb is clean. Would it offend them if I offered hand sanitizer? We may rethink this yet.

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#12
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Just tell them that your kid's skin is very sensitive and if they would please use it - if they get offended, go to somebody else. They have probably been touching other people's heads all day - don't ever be too careful with your kid - if they were to get lice, you would probably end up with it, and who knows from there.
Also, bring your own beads, elastic bands, whatever, you don't know where the ones they use have been - for all you know they can be recycled.

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#13
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Is there a side version where you can get 2 or 3 rows on one side?

Sorry to ask such silly questions but I am braid-ignorant. I wouldn't mind getting one or two rows on the side of my head.


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#14
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I'm braid ignorant too, but you do learn alot from these boards. It sounds like the braiders charge per braid, so they might not make it easy for you to just get a couple - before you know it, you might have your whole head done and owe them $80. Maybe negotiate a price with them beforehand?

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#16
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If you decide to go for it, here's a suggestion. Use a chapstick with a high SPF between the braids to avoid the sunburn. Just run it up and down between the braids. This is much easier and less messy than trying to apply greasy sunblock with you fingers.

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#17
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I'd have it done in the ship salon.

I've heard many stories about girls getting lice from the islanders. It's very common among the residents of the islands and they certainly do not sanitize the combs like we do in the US.

If you wouldn't let your child wear another child's hat (someone you didn't know), then you shouldn't be having their hair braided by a stranger.

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#18
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braids can be STYLISHLY and SAFELY done in a SANITARY manner. i might consult a local stlyist familiar with your child's hair type. s/he can recommend and perhaps do an appropriate style prior to your cruise and give tips on maintenance, washing, removal. sounds like she has beautiful hair, and with the length and coarseness, braids may give u a break also. the cream rinse tip given above works wonderfully. i'll have to try the chapstick sunscreen tip. yes, in the islands sometimes one may play roulette, some places are regulated but exercise proper care & judgement and the suggestion to ESTABLISH A PRICE BEFOREHAND is righton. and dont let them pressure u. one trip to jamaica i was constantly fending off women & girls chanting "lady let me braid your hair." that was years ago, now they dont bother me. it's vacation - enjoy - and having a fun and easily maintained hairstyle can be a part of it. as a black woman i almost always have my hair professionally braided prior to cruising. let your braider know if it's too tight, pain is not the goal here.

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#19
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I haven't been to Jamaica yet, but I would hate to have to fend people off like that. Sinead O'Conner sure would have it easy if she went there!

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#20
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I am an African American woman that wears braids or twists all the time. I braid my own hair and I get a lot of compliments, however, I am not a professional. I read these message boards often (I rarely post responses) and whenever the subject of hair braiding by islanders is discussed, the issue of head lice seems to be a concern for some. If this is an issue, what is so exciting about having one's hair braided while visiting the islands? I just don't understand it. It makes no sense to me at all.

born2crooz wrote: "It's very common among the residents of the islands"

Really? Guess what? It is common in the United States, too. If one were to get head lice while having their hair braided by an islander, it would be because the customers have head lice and the same comb was used on each customer. Do people believe that island braiders would continue to braid hair even when they see head lice a customer's hair? Are people really willing to take the risk? Yuck.

Head lice can be spread whenever there is direct contact of the head or hair with an infested individual. People get head lice from head-to-head contact with someone that is infested, or by sharing, combs, brushes, towels, hats, etc., with someone who is infested. Head lice can also be transmitted via bed pillows and mats (like the ones used in preschools) Head lice don't jump or fly.

born2crooz wrote: "I've heard many stories about girls getting lice from the islanders"

Really? So, am I to believe that head lice is very common among residents of the islands and many girls have gotten lice from the islanders? Hmmmmm.. Perhaps head lice is common among cruise ship passengers and other visitors to the islands who insist on having their hair braided by the islanders.

I am not a Pediculosis expert nor do I want to be (and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express Last Night). A child in my niece's second grade class had head lice and the county health department gave parents information on how head lice is transmitted from person to person.

There is absolutely nothing appealing about paying someone to braid my hair, having to bring my own comb and hair accessories and then cross my fingers, hoping that the previous customers didn't have head lice.