Me with braids! I want them again soooon. My mom did these and I am going to have her o them again when she visits :) I think braids are a perfect way to let your hair rest and to stimulate growth. Wearing your hair down no matter the color, type, length, texture, etc... takes a toll on your hair and the best thing is to style it in ways to keep it away from the harsh elements. Growing up I wore my hair in different braided styles and I didn't wear my hair down and straightened until I was 16. I actually wore my hair straight ( blow dried and flat ironed) until about 2 years ago when I finally decided to wear my natural curls! I used to HATE my curly hair but now I have no desire at all to wear my hair straight, I love my big curly hair!