I put some small box braids (with a few cornrows on the side) in A's hair a couple of weeks ago. This was done on dry hair, I used shea butter mixed with coconut oil and it took around 3 hours.. She was sleeping when I did half of the top. We watched Dora and some of her other favorite cartoons, and we also took breaks.
These box braids lasted A two whole weeks! We couldn't find her satin bonnet during that time, so I would imagine if your little one sleeps with a bonnet/satin pillowcase this would last even longer. During these two weeks I would rub a little Giovanni Direct Leave-in over her braids and add shea butter mixed with coconut oil on her ends. When I started to see some frizz I smoothed some Curl Gel-les'C over her braids.
I curled A's ends a few days later with flexi-rods. I left the flexi-rods in for about 40 minutes. I was actually trying to curl the braid but the flexi-rods kept falling out. It still turned out cute.
We changed the style up quite often. Pigtails, side ponytail, curled braids, top half up and the back down.
After 1 week I washed A's braids with Organix Coconut Milk shampoo and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner. After washing her hair, I set her (wet) braids with Curlformers. I put between 2-4 braids in each Curlformer. We loved the results!
A few days later I put her Curlformer braids in pigtails.
After two weeks I took her braids down. I wet her hair and loaded it up with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner and used the end of the metal rat tail comb. It took almost 1 1/2 hours to take her braids down. She was asleep half of the time.