Hey I live in Africa so yes u do!!! Braiding can be done with extensions, cotton or your own hair. Normally it's just twist braids or three strand braids. Depending on the style and size of the braids it is possible to keep them for several mounths. When you use extensions you have to be really careful because if they are plastic they are bad for the scalp and if they are human hair they could be off a dead person! :/ Braids are good protective styles and cheaper in the long run because you don't have to use all those styling products. Typically twist braids are the easiest to do and easiest to undo. Hope I helpled!