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Old May 3rd, 2004, 07:40 PM
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We're headed to Jamaica on Wednesday, and I'm thinking maybe I can solve a mini-problem we have while there....my 2 year old has ringlet hair, pretty short, and she twirls it. Cute, yes, but 2 days in a row we've had to actually CUT the knots out. She's going to be BALD! .

So, I'm thinking, you know how they braid kids' hair and put the little beads in it? Hmmm....that would hinder the habit.... But would it be uncomfortable for her? Would she be able to sleep in it? Am I going to be able to get the braids out easily? How long do you keep those braids in?

Has anyone here done this? I really have no idea what I'm talking about here, it just seems like a possible way to get her to QUIT TWIRLING!!!
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My daughter got her hair braided in Mexico. The braids lasted about 3 weeks and she had no problems sleeping with them in her hair.

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Triptakers -

I know people who have had it done on the ship and didn't mention that they were uncomfortable sleeping. I would hesitate to get it done in port. They use the same comb on everyone and the water didn't look to clean.
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Old May 4th, 2004, 08:30 AM
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My daughter had no problems sleeping either time she had her hair braided. Neither did any of her friends on our last cruise. But the one thing that they ALL agreed with was that it really HURT while they were braiding them. You might want to consider that , especially with one so young.
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they really pull and tug the hair to get that tight braid, might be tough on a 2yr old.
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My daughter had it done in Cozumel. Cost was around $30 for half her head - front half - not side half. She decided to take it out after 2 weeks. One suggestion - and this is coming from a guy with a balding head. People with hair don't realize that the scalp can get severly sunburned when there's no hair there. If you get your daughter's hair braided, be sure to use some sunscreen on her head before she goes out in the sun. A sunburned scalp is very painful!!
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Old May 7th, 2004, 05:41 PM
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I have a student who came back from Mexico with braids and a sunburned head. They have the suntan lotion now that sprays on - like an aerosol almost - that might be better than rubbing lotion in her hair. Also - this girl is 9 and said it really hurt when they did the braids.
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My suggestion to add is bring your OWN comb! You can get lice easily from using others combs. I wouldn't take a chance.
Also, yes, keep sunscreen on the scalp. My daughter didn't have any trouble sleeping. But she did complain that it hurt a little. She's 15. But looked great when it was done. Make sure you bargain!!
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Old May 10th, 2004, 03:06 PM
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I got my hair braided in Mazatlan when I was 18 and the lady was a little brutal on my head. If fact by that evening the braids were so tight that I had a huge headache and my head hurt to even touch it so I ended up taking them out. Be careful who you get to do your daughters hair, as great as they look they can be painful if not done carefully. That being said, I would still get them done again, just loser this time!!!
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Thanks all. We didn't get any braiding done, no point in hurting the crazy little hair twirler!

So thanks again - I knew I could come here to get real experiences!
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As for the twirling problem, how about giving her a shorter haircut? Or, if it's long enough, keep it tied back or under a hat? Just a suggestion...

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It hurts!!! I have a thirteen year old and it brought tears to her eyes.
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