I mean in two braids, one each side... all I know is that it's cute on little girls and AWFUL on middle-aged women... so what about 19?... I actually look like 17, but looking younger isn't my aim, I just wanted a cute hairstyle...
As long as you're not trying to go for the whole lolita look, it's fine. My girlfriend will sometimes put her hair in braids if we're going to a metal concert or something, just to get it out of the way and off her neck. It's cute seeing her dressed in a band T or black tank, cargo pants and pigtails.
I met a 42 year women (who had her hair in braids) at the pub last weekend when I was out for my girl friend's birthday and I thought she looked adorable.
One of my classmates often braids her hair. She is a mom, about 30 years old. We are in automotive classes together and she braids it to keep it from getting in the way while working. I like she looks ridiculously cute with the braids.
That's just wrong you're not a little girl anymore and it's creepy to braid or bunch your hair like that when you should be maturing not going backwards. Why would you want to look 17 anyways it's like the most stupid time of life for anybody.