NikG of BeadsBraidsBeyond dishes on ways to keep baby girl’s natural hair healthy and beautiful, without pulling yours out!

Box braids are great for children. They are also very versatile and can last for weeks!

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.