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Old 02-08-2010, 11:49 PM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Take it from someone who knows, there is no way this girl is going to be able to maintain her extensions in that long without some serious trouble ahead. I have never gone that long for 2 main reasons, 1, is there is no way you can wash no matter how many times and clean the hair effectively, second she does not realize the accumulation of build-up that she is going to experience.

I tried myself to go to the 2 month mark and only made it to 1.5 months, and even then caught pure d h**l trying to unmatt my hair.

Oh and let's not overlook the smell and stretching that long with extensions common sense they will look a hot mess!

The only way I was able to go 1.5 mo. was I was redoing my braids as I saw fit every week, at least the ones that were super loose.

If she is not careful and take better care of her hair she will end up having to do a BC! Once that matting starts after the second month she might as well do dreads! Cus she will not be able to comb that out!

But at least you tried to tell her. I think she is going to have to find out for herself the hard way! So with my own lesson learned, I redo my braids completely every single month. It's a drag to do, but since doing it this way I loose alot less hair.

BTW, I only keep my extensions in 1 month and take them all out and it takes me almost 2 hours just to unmatt, so I know there's not going to be too much hope for her!

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Old 02-09-2010, 12:30 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

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no one could get awat with that if you were my friend coz my friends would let you hear about it. chatting like
"Those extensions have gone waaay past it sell by date."
"Your braids looks expired and need to be retired."
Or " Girl, you got an afro around your braids" They used to tell me this when I was younger and natural with "napps". My mom had no clue how tortured I was at school!
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:39 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

I don't understand how you can have extensions and an inch or more of new growth and not look a wreck.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:01 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Maybe she rebraids each section when they start looking rough

To each her own, I couldn't do it because I lose a lot of hair after 2 months
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:08 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

In 1992 my best friend came back from California with her hair in microbraids that her mom had done. They were very pretty. She kept the microbraids in for the entire school year she mostly wore them in 1 ponytail or a bun and when her hair started growing she gelled it and slicked it back. Yes some of the braids started to slip out but it didn't really matter or look bad since she was always bunned or ponytailed.

One day she took the bun down and me and our other friend decided it was time for them to come out.

It was a nightmare. Her roots were really long. And luckily clean because she had washed it a lot but most of the braids were loc'd together in clumps at the base.

So imagine like 3 or 4 inches of NG then a loc of 4 microbraids clumped together.
Then...they were so tiny and tightly braided that we were using safety pins to unbraid them. The texture of her hair was so similar to the braid hair (3a/b variety) that we couldn't really trim or cut the ends without cutting her real hair.

NIGHTMARE!

It took us 2 whole days and we managed to get most of them without any cutting but there were a number of hopeless spots that knotted so badly that we had to cut them out.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:24 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Nope, 7-8 months, I couldn't (and wouldn't) do it! I keep my braids in for around 2-3 months. When I wash with them in, I re-do the hairline or any which have become loose. It's such a relief when I take the extensions out and give my hair a proper wash and condition.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:25 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

The only way I can see this happening is if she has certain sections redone ever so often. Like after a month and a half she re-does the front. Then, later she re-does the back, and next time she does the sides. So, she keeps braids in continuously for 7 months, but not the "same" braids.

Otherwise, they'd be falling out and looking crazy. I don't even think it's possible. 7 months would be almost 2 inches of newgrowth for even a slow grower.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:48 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Imagine the amount of new growth, surely that must look a mess after a while? Can't be a good look :no:
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:15 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Nope, the longest I keep mine in are 6-8 wks... I can't go past that.

It just looks nasty to me.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:23 AM
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I don't understand how you can have extensions and an inch or more of new growth and not look a wreck.
that's my primary concern.
forget the health of her hair, matting, possible growth, pros/cons, etc....folks will do what they do.

how is she gonna avoid looking a hot mess??
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Wow that sounds like a future disaster... I pity the fool
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

That's a brave person and a die hard braid fan for real.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:35 AM
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:36 AM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Thing is these are not micros. They're just bigger than pencil, like bic pen sized braids. I really don't know but she says shes done it before. She's also a lovely girl, but in terms of hair practice, that is bizarre....
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

I had a friend who used to do this. They looked such a hot mess. I don't remember her washing them either, but maybe she did. I can't go longer than 6-8 weeks. 8 weeks is *really* pushing it.
Plus, there's nothing like the look of fresh braids !!
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

I just experienced this with my braids. Before when I was younger I'd go for a long time without washing, thinking the itching was normal. But this time around even with me caring for my hair, keeping my hair braided for 2 months was tough. I actually redid my whole head less than a month after my first set, and I was still dying.

I worked with this girl who used to do the gelled back micros too. Her real texture was so pretty I didn't know why she just didn't wear her hair out or wash and care for it more often,but people are gonna do what they want. A lot of black females are lazy when it comes to hair care and caring for their hair because they don't see the point.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:02 PM
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Ahem...*taps mike*...I've had my braids in since April 2009, which would make this tenth month. Like OP's buddy I wash my braids and my braids are clean and neat and not matted. Honest!




The difference between me and homegirl is I do my own braids and redo them as they get loose. That allows me to remove any shed hair and ensure no matting at the base. I also don't use any products besides those used during the wash, so that also eliminates residue buildup/dirt matting that can occur.
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Ahem...*taps mike*...I've had my braids in since April 2009, which would make this tenth month. Like OP's buddy I wash my braids and my braids are clean and neat and not matted. Honest!




The difference between me and homegirl is I do my own braids and redo them as they get loose. That allows me to remove any shed hair and ensure no matting at the base. I also don't use any products besides those used during the wash, so that also eliminates residue buildup/dirt matting that can occur.
Thanks for this post Nonie. A long stretch in braids doesn't necessarily equal death to hair. It is all in how you take care of your hair underneath. Evenso, what works for you- may not work for someone else, so I'm confident you'll find someone who does the year long strectch in braids w/no washing and retains a lot of length. We're all different.
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

Yea but the majority can't do that. I think it's fine if you refresh and keep them clean. But 7-8 months no redoing or washing or taking care...that's YUCKIE lol.
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Default Re: I keep my braids in for 7-8 MONTHS

I know a lot of people who leave their braids in this long and i dont think they have a problem.. This one girl I know kept her's up her whole pregnacy and when she took them down her hair was so much longer and thicker!! I think it all depends on your hair's strength...

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