I'm a white guy with a black girlfriend. She recently got braids, and I thought I wouldn't like it, but I really do. It looks sexy, and I know she likes them cuz its low maintenance. So yeah, braids are a win in my book. :)
I remember when I was a little girl I used to beg my mother to let me get my hair cornrowed with little beads at the ends, just because I loved the movement and sound of the beads clicking together :) Now I don't like the looks of braids. They look so tight and uncomfortable (even though I know they're not, because I used to wear them!). Curly hair worn down, or in a ponytail or bun is much prettier in my opinion. Looks much more loose and free, whereas braids look like something you would not want to touch.