A braid (or plait) describes a flat, three-stranded construction that kinds a sample by interlacing a number of strands of fabric resembling hair, wire or textile fibers. The braid is often lengthy and slim, with every strand functionally equal in zigzagging by the overlapping mass of the opposite strands.

Braiding has been round for 1000’s of years and could also be utilized in a wide range of methods. African tribes braided hair as an indication of cultural significance, style, tribal id and cultural beliefs. A wide range of braiding patterns in hairstyles indicated an individual’s group, age, wealth, marital standing, social place, faith and energy. The Zulu and Massai are among the many main tribes that used braiding as a type of expression.

Cornrows (or canerows) had been typically favored as a consequence of their simple upkeep. Cornrows are created when the hair is braided very near the scalp, utilizing an underhand, upward movement to ascertain a steady, raised row. They’re mostly produced in straight traces starting on the hairline shifting towards the nape space. Nevertheless, they can be fashioned in very distinct curvilinear or geometric designs.

Depictions of girls with cornrows have been present in work which were dated again so far as 3000 B.C. This custom of styling at present stays fashionable all through Africa.

Cornrowing (and hair braiding) made a classy comeback over time and has been the inspiration of many fashionable hair extension methods. Braiding is a talent that has a number of makes use of and can by no means use its worth.

As we speak, sporting hair extensions is extra fashionable than ever and braiding and cornrowing hair will create the fundamental basis for a wide range of hair kinds.

• Braids create the inspiration for attaching wefts, braided wig and hair additions, and latch hook/crochet hair.

• Braids are nice for preventive kinds the place an individual seeks to retain hair moisture and forestall shedding whereas rising out the pure hair.

• Braids are additionally a wonderful type of expression.


Preserving your hair braided can present many advantages. Not solely is it a handy coiffure, nevertheless it serves as a protecting type that can assist your pure hair develop quicker. Braids will assist lock the moisture into your hair and forestall extreme cut up ends my shielding your hair from warmth harm, dryness and over styling.

Many individuals discover that braiding the hair at night time is the most effective coiffure to put on whereas sleeping as a result of it reduces the damage-causing friction that’s produced by rubbing towards the mattress sheets and pillow fibers.

In fact, you will need to correctly preserve your braids with a purpose to reap the complete advantages of sporting braids. At all times bear in mind to do the next:

• Detangle your hair starting from roots to scalp. At all times use a wide-tooth comb.

• Deep situation and moisturize your hair earlier than braiding.

• Keep away from braids which can be too tight, particularly across the temples. Braids which can be pulled tightly will result in traction alopecia.

• Preserve your hair moisturized with leave-in conditioner or Braid Sheen. Don’t enable your braids to get dry and brittle.

• Put on a silk cap whereas sleeping. This can assist your braids last more and hold them moisturized.

• Wash and situation your braids each different week. Preserve them clear and free from oil buildup and perspiration.

• Experiment by sporting your hair in several kinds. Don’t persistently put on your hair up in the identical type. This could additionally trigger a lot traction and even breakage.

• Don’t put on braids extreme intervals of time. It’s not really helpful to put on braids longer than 1-2 months at a time.


In most households, it’s a customized to show the kid to braid when they’re a really younger age. It’s handed down from technology to technology as a customized.

Braiding is historically a social artwork. Due to the time it takes to braid hair, individuals take time to socialize whereas braiding and having their hair achieved. Youngsters watch and be taught from the adults, begin practising on youthful kids or doll heads and finally be taught the standard talent.

There are lots of methods to discover ways to braid. The quickest and most cost-effective means is to ask one in all your folks or relations to show you. You may be amazed to be taught that a lot of them know this talent.

If you’re unable to be taught from household and pals, there are all kinds of tutorial movies on the web that offers you entry to this talent for gratis. Moreover, it’s possible you’ll select to buy an tutorial DVD and even take a category to discover ways to braid.


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