I told you recently about how I don't wear braids that often, but it was so nice I had to do it twice :) This time, I did really small braids. My hair was loose in a big 'fro, and I just did them while watching TV. Many people use braids, especially small ones, as a protective style for weeks. I will only keep these in for part of the week, because I will be vending at a big hair show on St. Thomas and St. Croix next weekend and must rock my 'fro for it! Braids are great as a protective style to cut down on manipulation of the hair. If you keep them in for a week or two, you avoid the daily styling and the wear and tear on the hair caused by pulling on your hair, detangling it, or styling it.