Some people don't like yarn braids because they aren't appreciating the "natural hair." I am not too hung up on that stuff. I love Mikayla's natural curls, and even today after we put these in I talked to her about how fun it will be to take them out later and see her curls again :) Mikayla's head was shaved twice when she was in the care center in Ethiopia, and I now know how traumatic that was for her, based on how much she has talked about it since then. There is nothing she has wanted more than for her hair to grow long. She is fully aware that this isn't her "real" length of hair, but it's definitely worth putting them in just to see the smile that was permanently plastered on her face all day. It made all the time and effort completely worth it... even if they don't end up lasting long due to my amateur attempt.