Braids Aren't Just for Young, Childless, Fun People

Style Savvy 9

braidsHaving long hair and children presents some unique challenges. There isn't a day that goes by without having little food-filled hands pawing at my hair. Then there are the knots and hair getting zipped up in my coat. That hurts. I once got my hair caught in the zipper of my boot. That hurt and was weird. Sometimes I want my hair to be up and away, which is where the top knot comes in. I could just cut it all off, but that's not my thing, and besides, then I couldn't braid it. I love braids. I even love pigtail braids and not just on my daughter. On me. The mom. Sure, it's a more subdued pigtail, as seen here, but it's hair parted in the middle, braid on both sides.

Of course some think it's silly for a mom of a certain age to wear their hair in such a youthful way. I think those people have just lost their sense of fun.

We all have our opinions on what we like for ourselves, what hairstyle we think looks best on us. And whatever that is, that is what you should be wearing. Ombre hair, even the Kate Gosselin version 1 -- if you like the way you look with that 'do, then rock it. Braids included.

You can hate the braid for yourself, but don't hate on the braid wearer. Even if she's braiding her grays. Perhaps even especially if she's braiding her grays.

I don't think there is an age cut-off when a woman should stop wearing braids. And I mean a side braid, braid down the back, braiding over the crown of your head, a little hint of braid on the side, or even two braids down each side as seen in the photo of me above. You may seem a glimmer of my silver streaks threaded in there. I'm gray and proud. And proudly braiding. I also love the way it looks on other women. Young women. Old women. All women.

Besides generally staying out of the way, free from knots, and harder to get caught in coat (and boot) zippers, keeping your hair braided overnight gives you mermaid waves the next day. Braid it tight. Braid it loose. Braid it all the way to the end or just halfway. Braids are cool. Even for moms.

Do you wear braids? Or do you think the look is too child-like?


Image via Michele Zipp



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rhps2000 rhps2000

I actually wore my hair in pigtails this weekend. I made two reverse french braids. Looked cool! But I made them fall towards my back. To the front is too childlike. And they looked stylish pinned back into a bun. :)

Aeris... AerisKate

I would wear my hair in braids more if I had any skill when it came to braiding.  Alas, I am the world's worst braider. 

Doomy234 Doomy234

I think braids are cute and I dont think there's an age limit. I dont braid my hair very often, but it is mostly because when I do, it comes loose and I have to take it down.

CPN322 CPN322

I do pretty much every other day for work but go with only one braid to the side or down my back. I have honestly always felt that pig tail braids seem a little young for grown women, but to each their own. Yours are super cute.

rhps2000 - That sounds so pretty!! I will be trying that :)

the4m... the4mutts

I prefer myself in short hair. But I make it a point, every year, to change my hairstyle. This year I am going long, and going to do lots of braids. Loose, tight, multiple, braided buns... the works. I have not had a braid in my hair since I was 10, and I decided that this is my year for braids. I can't wait till it grows out enough for one.

Coles... Coles_mom

I think braids are cute on girls- at almost 40 with a good deal of grey hair, I tend to look like an old hippie. Not a good look for me. :)

nonmember avatar Jslattery

Love braids! Used to wear pigtail braids before my hair was short. And I really like the single side swept braid!

Jenniy Jenniy

I braid my hair after I wash it so it will dry quicker. Lol

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