Nothing to do with braids, I guess, but I wanted to say that I left the sangat for 20 years and did just about every immoral thing I could think of that wouldn't land me in jail. I tried very hard not to be a Sikh.BhagatSinghji,
I am sorry to say I do not, my mad driving days were in my mid twenties, I sported a pony tail from 27 to 29, and then removed the option of going back. But, I sported the strawberry type as opposed to the streamlined kenya/uganda type.
I cut my hair because, at the time, I believed I was fallen, and in the process severed all ties with sikhism for nearly 16 years. I did not believe I was good enough to be a sikh, I thought I was bad, which is why I feel very strongly that young people, even if they have fallen, do not feel that the path is closed to them, like I did.