Box braids, poetic justice braids, dookie braids, individuals, plaits, they go by all kinds of names but BRAIDS!!! My very first protective style that i tried. It takes about 8-12 hours to finish (depending on size, length, and parting technique). Ahhhh!!!! What a wonderful protective style. In style all year round, they look good straight done or in an elegant updo, easy to style, and LOW MAINTENANCE!! My only caution is that with a head full of braids, the top of your head dan get heavy and they are heavy when wet. But even that is something you get used to. Short braids and larger braids are good for a set style but longer braids and smaller braids are good for different styles.