You will not sit on the beach in Jaltemba Bay for long before you’ll be approached by a vendor with a book illustrating the type of hair braids you can have done very inexpensively. You can have your whole head done in tight braids and beads or braids done around the crown of the head.
If you buy into their sales pitch, they retreat to a shady spot and usually an assistant appears and both work away while the rest of the world is enjoying the beach! I find it particularly sad to see a child subjected to this really boring experience for several hours, hardly being allowed to move a muscle. I have had it done but find the braids too tight, my scalp itches and it takes far too long.
A note of caution: It is advisable to use your own comb and clean water for spraying each plait. This past year I saw this little girl with her hair done in what looked to be a plastic trying cord – maybe one of the local hairdressers can comment?
by Ken & Bea Rauch
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