Blast From The Past – Patra Braids Tutorial

Blast From The Past - Patra Braids aka Dookie Braids Tutorial

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.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Tracie Chiromo

I like that but i like micro braiding better

Ebony Odoms-Harbut

I just hate that the hari costs so much more!! :'(

Tejal Gooden

Those look amazing!!

Dorianne Gail Campbell

doesnt this take like forever???

Khloe Martinez

I really like her hair but what style of braiding does she have it likes smaller than a mirco braid and the hair looks so natural I wonder what kind of hair did she use

Lia Smith

niceeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Crystal Hayes

They look Beautiful but I couldn’t do it. The time & cost who kill me. Especially the time in taking them out.

Kim VeryBlessed Carmichael

Uniquee’ AnBeautiful, wow, beautiful….

Marsharena Lee

PLEASE TELL ME WHERE TO GET THESE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA!!!!! PUULEEEEASE!

Regina Stevenson

I could use some braids this winter

April Jenkins Torres

Wow to those micros. Sheesh but very nice. Are patra n box braids the same?

La Sandra Curlett

I am the ladie that braided Tracie Chiromo its diffrent from box braids and regular Micros its called natural micro fusion braids …its braided no glue or knots ..its a real hair grower..

Lozette Clemons

Ebony Odoms-Harbut go to aliexpress.com and order your hair online, they have deals like Brazilian virgin hair for 30 to 50, there’s another website you can go to i think it’s called blackhaircare.com or something like that. You end up paying 25~50% less online than at a beauty supply

L Danielle Franklin

Aren’t these the same as box braids?

Tracie Chiromo

NO totally different…….

La Sandra Curlett

Totally diffrent I am the only one in the world that does this

Walter Lindsay

Nice

Nadia King-Barnwell

Thanks- just when I needed it!

Marks Brandy

lol. actually put some in my hair yesterday!

Tracie Chiromo

No I am the lady in the picture.

Jenai Matlock

So whats the difference b/w the patra braids, box braids, and poetic justice braids? Can someone tell me

Alexis Vincentmartinswife Flowers

♥ these wanted them but can’t find anyone here the chi to do’em so I gave up ..

Kenya Kiki Greene

Never try that b4 I might need it

Monella Rankin

I remember this style