Is there some unspoken rule against black sisters wearing braids? I studied with a young black woman, who eventually got baptized. She was like a daughter to me and even called me mama at times. I guess that's gone now. ANYWAY, she got braids and I thought she was as cute as a button. She was young, carefree, and the braids really flattered her. But our cong. was mostly white, and a pioneer sis came to me and asked me if I had spoken to her about her hair! WHAT? I just shrugged and said I think she looks beautiful. It doesn't look extreme to me.
I think she got 'counselled' by this sister, because suddenly the braids disappeared and she seemed a little sad. I wanted to ask her about it, but since she didn't offer, I didn't want her to feel embarrassed.
However she did live with me for a little while, and I have to say, I was just AMAZED at the time she spent on her hair! I would tease her a bit about it, because she had a great sense of humor, but truly, the braids were much less trouble. They took an intial time investment, but then day to day, she could just get ready quickly.
Anyway. Those are my thoughts. What do they have against braids?