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Kinda started talking about this on another thread. Those god-awful braids that seem to be a requirement on cruises. I don't get it - I have yet to see a caucasian that they look good on. I wouldn't walk around like that if somebody gave me $100. Something that I was wondering, it is probably easy to catch lice having that done - Do they use combs when braiding? How many heads have those combs come in contact with? Also lice can probably live under the fingernails of the people doing the braiding, and be transferred onto someone's head. I am confused. I just don't get the concept. [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]

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Interesting point of view.

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....and some people look like a pear on a peach tree.

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I've read on the Bahamas Port of Call thread that you should bring your own comb just because of that issue.... I have to agree with you on the braid part, I wouldn't be caught dead with a whole head done in braids... but hey one or two under your hair wouldn't be that bad, but yah a whole head is a bit much for me.

I'm curious are there any good stories out there with people having to get just mean with the braiders because they won't take no for an answer... I've read a few on the other thread, they are quite entertaining...

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"have yet to see a caucasian that they look good on."... guess you don't remember Bo Derek!!

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Now that's a "10"!! [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Yeah probably not, I was 5 when than movie came out!!! hee hee hee.
Hey a French Braid always looks nice, or a couple braids here and there, but yeah, seeing the little fair skinned kids running around with the corn-row style braids is so goofy looking. I have never been bombarded by hair braiding ladies before- maybe that's why people end up doing it! Might be a good excuse to get a short hair cut.

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Because of the sanitary reasons as posted above, I am taking my girls to a salon in Clearwater Beach prior to our cruise. They both want the crowns of their heads done with a couple of beads on each one. They had this done about three years ago and looked great on them. I personally wouldn't have it done as an adult, but on the kids,, I think its nice. As for adults, to each her own, who am I to judge! LOL!
Also, another benefit of having them done before we set sail, is that no one will be bothering us on the islands because they will see its already been done!

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That's smart. I look back at the cruise I took when I was 7 and if I had had the braids in I wouldn't have had the big wad of gum fall out of my mouth into my long hair, which then caused my sister to grab my Mom's scissors and cut a big chunk of hair out of the front!!!! I might have looked goofy in corn-rows on the cruise, but I wouldn't have had to get a rice-bowl haircut once I got back!!!! [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]

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We did my then 3 yo dd last year in St. Martin. Whole head. I didn't know how long it was going to take, it took hours. Big scam... they charge you per braid $1.00, so they make the braids as small as possible. My daughter loved it and she looked adorable, but I will never do that again. They tried to get me to pay $136 when it was done. I told them they were crazy and we wound up settling for $80. I still think I got ripped, but what can you do at the point? I would suggest negotiating a price beforehand. THat way they can't overcharge and you will probably get it done a lot faster!



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$80??!! Oh my goodness. I can get a foil highlight at a good salon for that! [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Littlegoo75:
$80??!! Oh my goodness. I can get a foil highlight at a good salon for that! [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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I guess I'll be different, I love the braids - although not my whole head. I always get a few on a cruise or even a land vacation in the Caribbean. Usually mine are in the back or side where you don't really see them unless I pull my hair up. I never thought about the head lice thing, but also have never had a problem. Maybe I've just been lucky, but I always let my hair grow out some before vacations just so I can get some braids!

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Good for you! I don't think you are being different at all. Like I said, I have my girls hair done with braids. (Half head) and I think they look cute with them. Whats more...they LOVE them and they are happy! I say go for it!
People have different opinions, thats all.

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Well, I am an adult too, and am looking forward to getting a couple of braids on each side, near my face. I've done it before and it kept my hair from blowing in my face so much and was, well, just fun. Maybe a little silly, but fun anyway.

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Some of the people who have it done (Bo wannabes) look so comical with their hair all done up.

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heh...it's vacation. Live and let live and have fun!

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I don't think it is an issue of being caucasion or not, but rather an issue of hair texture.I am a black woman with very light skin. I wear my braids proudly when cruising, because I can wash them easily without having to bring curling iron..blow dryer, etc. on vacation. Because of the more coarser texture of my hair, they stay neatly in place. If you have a more softer hair texture, the hair tends to separate from the braid pattern more easily, making the hair not appear as freshly done by the next day, or same day if swimming. If braids are done, be sure to have them start softly at the roots, but tighter for the length of the strand. Also, when taking them out, wet your hair and coat with a good hair conditioner, and they will come out easily. Do this in the shower so you can keep it drenched with water and conditioner. I always do this, and it works for me. Please bring your own comb if you are considering it. There are not ways to clean the combs as much as if you were in a salon. I personally have mine done at home just before I leave. I don't think it is any more crazier to get braids as a symbol of your vacation, than baking your skin for a quick vacation tan. Braids don't cause skin cancer.

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My niece, who is 12, gets her hair braided every cruise and she looks great. My wife always gets a few braids and I think it looks great also. They are both of Italian ancestry, but I don't know about the texture of their hair.

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I think the little girls look adorable with thier vacation hair. Does Carnival have braiders onboard?
littlegoo75.. I'm right down 95 from you, in Dumfries [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Incharge....I couldn't have said it better. I'm also a light skin black woman and professional like yourself. I too get them every summer.... Great advice for those who get them for just the cruise. Will be proudly wear mine.

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My daughter got her hair braided on the pier in Cozumel last year. Her hair is down to the middle of her back and it took 2 girls over 2 hours to braid it. She negotiated her price of $40 up front and that included beads and flowers. She was a hit when she returned to school after spring break! She's 12. I didn't think about the lice issue but will be more aware of it this year when we go. She is planning on getting it done at Paradise Beach in August. My only rule is that she has to wait until after a formal night so she has her regular hair style for those pictures!

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[img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] Not to mention that beautiful braid patterns can be worn from vacation to the board room, when arrainged in one of the many professional styles. Enjoy your cruise RinaJune612!

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My daughter looks beautiful in braids. She has someone braid her hair in Jamaica every year we go and we negotiate a price before-hand. She also brings her own brush, beads and rubber bands and leaves what's leftover to the braid lady. You can negotiate a better price if you bring your own beads and they appreciate it. When at home, she does her own and her friends' sometimes. I'm so shocked that she can do this, but she thinks it's no big deal. She usually does half head on herself and it looks great. So if you're lucky enough to be on our cruise, maybe she'll braid your daughters' hair. Her prices are very reasonable. [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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My 5 year old had her hair braided in corn rows on our Miracle cruise to the Bahamas in April. She looked adorable!

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Here is my story on braids: I was not on a cruise when I had them done, but was staying 7 days in the bahamas. The reason I did it was because I do ALOT of swimming & snorkeling. I have long hair and it makes it much more manageable for me. Believe it or not, but the braids are becoming on me. I did not have any formal nights anywhere so it went with my casual/sporty attire.

PS I used my own comb and bargained the price. I have alot of hair and it took nearly two hours. You have to use alot of conditioner on the braids prior to unbraiding them. Its not something I would do all the time..but it certainly helps me when I go on a strict swimming type vacation.

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On a recent cruise, we negotiated a price of $30 for "headbands" for two girls - just short braids that went a few inches off their heads and then stopped with a bead, making a kind of headband, but keeping their hair long in back. This way, it's less expensive, and takes less of your valuable beach time! (The braiding time can be considerable if you do a whole head.)

I gave the lady $40 (w/$10 as a tip as she was very nice) and she said "God bless you" and then dug in her bag and gave each girl a beautiful hand beaded ankle bracelet! If I had more money, I would have given her more - but maybe that would have taken some of the joy out of her spontaneous gift.

That night, the girls posed in front of a beach backdrop (on board) with tropical outfits on, and their headbands - absolutely adorable. A priceless photo.

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While we were in MOBay in February, we went on one of the party boats booked through the ship. After we snorkled, one of the Jamacian girls on the ship started braiding hair. Many of the ladies with us got one braid in their hair (I chose not to)... the same comb was used for everyone on the excursion, including those men who chose to have their chest hair braided w/ beads. They made cute pictues but I'm a bit squeamish about sharing combs...

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I hope your kidding about the men's chest hair! Is chest hair braidable? If so, those braiders must be talented. I really hope to never see braided armpit hairs. [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]
I think the partial braiding is cute - the headband type - even I would consider doing that. It wouldn't last though, I freak out if I can't wash my hair everyday. It's true - some people look cute with the braids, some are professional looking. It's just funny because some people look so goofy with them and don't realize it. But hey it's vacation, as long as your having fun who cares?? Just as long as nobody kidnaps me and makes me get cornrow braids. I am one of those that would look completely ridiculous with those!

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In Charge -
Hi neighbor. We just moved out here in December from New Mexico. We looked in Dumfries/Montclaire for houses, but there wasn't too much on the market. We found a great house we really like in Woodbridge. Dumfries is a really nice area - of course everything beats New Mexico! ( I'm not from there, I had to work there for 5 years) i'm a California girl originally.

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We were on the Inspiration in February, and they actually had someone on the ship braiding hair out by the pool, so if your interested in the braids and want a safe place to have that done, ask around on the ship to see if it is going to be offered.

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Welcome to the area. BTW. I like the fact that we are lose enough to Washington,DC without living in the city. I'm a suburbs woman myself. [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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Ah...As for the hair braiding issue...as one of African American descent, I love getting my hair braided from time to time. Although I do it mainly for it's convenience and just for a change now and then, I wear my braids with pride! It's more of a cultural look for me. I don't do the trendy styles (zig zag parts, braids piled high on top of their heads, beads, etc.) that the younger generations wear but do conservative, styles that work for me even in corporate American.

The look of the braids certainly has more to do with hair texture than with skin color. Hair that is fine and silky doesn't hold the style of braids nearly as long as hair that is more coarse. Fine hair is also very tricky to braid. I hear the complaints about how long it takes on the islands (2 hours etc.) and have to smile because although I can braid my daughters hair (full head) in about an hour because of the coarse texture, for the styles I personally get, full head, no scalp showing, shoulder length extensions, we're talking 4 hours is considered FAST. I know people who sit in salons for 7 - 8 hours getting braids. The good thing is, if you take care of it, wash, condition, moisturize, tie it up at night, it can last (looking as good as new) for at least 6 - 8 weeks!!!

Don't get me wrong. When I do my daughter's hair, it's only good for about a week before it starts looking 'fuzzy' and ready to take out. Part of that is because tying it up at night doesn't work for a 9 year old and the other reason is because I'm not a professional hair braider [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] but braiding her hair is the only way to go on a cruise. With all the swimming on the beaches and on the ship, it would be impossible to keep her hair looking nice. She can't just 'wash and go'....nooooooo it would take me at least an hour each day before dinner to whip her hair into shape after all the days activities...if she didn't have braids.

With fine, silky hair, it's hard to even get a decent part in the scalp because the hair is so fine. Then trying to braid it isn't easy either because you work a corn row, from the scalp up and it's nothing like doing a regular braid. Maybe that's why the look is totally different for people with that type of hair texture. Believe me, I tried it years ago on a friend and couldn't get past the first braid. It just didn't look neat.

In any case, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Ridiculous to one is obviously cute to another, so I say, whatever floats your boat!

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Reva...very well put, and I completely agree.

I think the braids are simply a fun rite of passage that some people indulge in when it comes to vacation. I enjoy seeing them, and for some reason, they can pull 'em off there!

My hair isn't long enough, but if it were, I'd probably get a few braids, too.

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Reva_Dearchi...I wonder if vacationers get ripped off on prices for whole heads? I don't think that I would pay good money for my whole head if it did not last. Like you said, when we get our hair done, it lasts 2 months if we want. That is when it is worth it to pay good money. If anyone has had the whole head done(especially on an adult) may we inquire how much you were charged? I usually spend about 90.00, but the braids are very tiny long micro-braids all over my head that reach just over my sholders.
I was just telling my fiance about this thread, and he said something that I wanted to share. He said " People need to learn how to share cultures." This is so true. You are sharing a part of our culture. nuff said.

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Ewwwwww -

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by INCHARGE:
"People need to learn how to share cultures." This is so true. You are sharing a part of our culture.

In charge: what a wonderful way to put it.

I think the braids are pretty no matter what one's ethnic background is. I don't get them myself because my hair is too fine (and usually too short).

But what a perfect time to get braids and make a vacation even that much more fun. I think when women get the braids they feel pretty. Feeling pretty makes one happy and that is what (in my own opinion)is important. When is Rome and that sort of thing.

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