You'd think that I had learned my lesson about box braids on long hair when we did a whole head of them this summer and they took forever and a day to remove. Well, I did. Sort of. I learned a couple of things, in fact. First of all, they are really easy to style in several different ways. Second, my daughter loves them because they show off how long her hair is. And best of all, they last a really long time while still protecting her hair from moisture loss and breakage. So, despite the fact that removal will take a few days, we chose to go with them once again for this year's back-to-school hairstyle. But I made it a little easier on myself this time: I only did the boxes in the front of her head; the back is cornrowed. So we achieved nearly the same look as with a full head of boxed braids, but with significantly less time investment in both installation and future removal.