How long can you leave small/micro braids in?

so swinging off of my other post about the tight curls underneath, I've decided to take Burgundy's advice and braid the hair at the nape of my neck. I"m thinking of doing 5-6 really small braids and just letting them hang braided for a while, how often do I need to change out the braids? Can I grow it with braids in? Good idea? Bad idea? TIA
Type: 3a/3b, fine-medium
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Last edited by Mamacurl3; 03-02-2010 at 09:49 AM.
braiding is a good idea. it actually is a great way to grow out your hair since the braided hair is protected. I don't think I understood what you posted, did you mean that only the hair at the nape of your neck would be braided? or that you would braid all the hair upward from the nape of your neck? well anyhow, make sure that you keep the braided hair moisturized, however, so that it will not be brittle or dry after you take the braids out. Also, make sure the braids aren't too tight, and it's best to treat the braided hair just as you would your loose hair (in other words, wash the braids if you don't want to take them out or just take them out, wash them, and braid your hair back.) And it's best to leave the braids in for about two weeks to two months depending on the type of hair you have (looser curls, shorter time with the braids). That is, if you don't plan on re-braiding in between washes. Hope that helped!
thanks for your insight, I'm just going to braid the bottom hair (at the nape of my neck and a bit above, braiding them so they hang down under the rest of my hair). I've deep treated twice this week and am going to braid them tomorrow, I'll make sure to keep them relatively loose. for conditioning, washing..are there rules/regs to washing them?
Type: 3a/3b, fine-medium
Cleanse: hg:whispering windz farm jar soaps,
Moisture/Co rinse: GVP conditioning balm
DT: Jessicurl's dt
Leave in: KCKT
Definition: kccc
Hold: rotating: gvp liquid scuplting gel
ACV rinse bi-weekly
http://s722.photobucket.com/albums/ww223/mamacurl7/
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there aren't really any rules for washing with braids. i would just wash the way you would with your hair loose. but considering that you're doing loose braids, they might unbraid, so I would just take the braids out, wash, and put them back in. for the conditioning, i would probably take out the braids and condition because it wuld be hard for the conditioner to condition properly with the hair braided. are you planning on leaving the braids in for how ever long, or do you not mind taking them out frequently to wash and condish?
I think that it might be hard to rebraid them each time, I was going to have my Mom braid them, maybe I'll change them weekly? Not sure I'd want to take them out and rebraid after each wash. I'll play it by ear, thanks
Type: 3a/3b, fine-medium
Cleanse: hg:whispering windz farm jar soaps,
Moisture/Co rinse: GVP conditioning balm
DT: Jessicurl's dt
Leave in: KCKT
Definition: kccc
Hold: rotating: gvp liquid scuplting gel
ACV rinse bi-weekly
http://s722.photobucket.com/albums/ww223/mamacurl7/
"My father says almost the whole world's asleep...He says only a few people are awake. And they live in a state of constant, total amazement."
Traveling? http://katiebutton.rovia.com/

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