Patra, aka Dorothy Smith, has been a thorn in my you know what for that entire time that she was hot, here is why. My first name is Petra, but I use Emily my middle name pretty often.
Can you imagine how it was for me in high school with Patra being the dancehall queen and little old me with a name so close to her’s? “Dance for me Patra, I mean Petra *snicker snicker*” they would say, “Oh you know who has your name?” I know I know, Patra! ~ SMH
Regardless of my troubles I could appreciate her music and moves, after all reggae music runs through my veins and she did her thing. Patra is known for her contribution to dancehall artistry (smile) but she is also known for her braided hairstyle.
She always wore classic jumbo braids, and when Janet Jackson sported hers in poetic justice, it was over, everyone wanted those braids back in the day. Like a blast from the past, imagine my surprise when I saw a tutorial on how to do patra braids( aka dookie braids, aka box braids) from start to finish on youtube.
Let me warn you, this video by How To Black Hair is 43.57 minutes long because of how comprehensive it is, so carve out some time grab some water if you are interested in learning how to do these gorgeous braids.
Braiding your hair generally, whether it is a specific style like this one or micro braids can be considered an awesome protective style, and as always you want to make sure your hair underneath is protected and healthy.
Make sure that your extensions* feel comfortable and not tight, even if you think it will loosen up after a couple weeks, it should never feel tight at any point after your initial install.
Your edges are very sensitive and even the slightest pull can be the last pull for your hair follicles so it is very important that your braids are installed just right and not lead to hair loss.
Make sure you hair is clean and well moisturized before you install your braids, this does not mean wet, greasy or slippery. Typically you should moisturize with a light spray spritz (home made of shop bought) every day or every other day in between your weekly washes.