By: Yamilex Mendoza
Braiding captures the attention of many; they either love braiding hair or hate it, since they have no clue how to do it. On the other hand, there are people that just do it for fun, but, overall, braiding plays a major role in the history of hair. Braiding has become a huge trend and is easily spotted.
It all started in Africa. The ancient African Cornrow goes all the way back to 3500 BCE. During the 1950’s, a French Ethnologist discovered a Stone Age rock painting of a woman feeding her child wearingreally tight Cornrows. The style of the Cornrow worn varied, and it identified a person’s kinship, age, ethnicity, and even religion. In the 1970’s, the tight Cornrows became very popular in America.
Now, let’s go to ancient Egyptian braids. During this time, wealthy women were seen with beautiful, beaded braids, which would sometimes require extensions. Ancient Egyptians had tons of body hair, and since beards were seen as a symbol of divinity, it was no surprise that men had braids in their beards, as well. At that time, hair braiding was used for ceremonial rituals or to give clues if a t person was royal, common, egyptian or foreign.
During the Favian period, 79-81 CE, the daughter of Roman Emperor Titus, Julia, created lavish up-dos consisting of wire frames, twisted braids and curls. This style became popular amongst wealthy Roman women and became more dramatic in later Roman periods.
In the medieval times, braided buns and crowns were commonly worn, but a woman who had her hair loose in public was socially intolerable. Mongolian Braids started in the 13th century as elaborate headpieces with braids hidden beneath each wing on both sides of the head. These wings are said to evoke mythical beasts.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s America, a movement took place which empowered African Americans to embrace their cultural roots and natural beauty. Rather than damaging their hair by using chemical straighteners and relaxers, it was more popular to wear their natural afros and cornrows like centuries ago.
Classic cornrows, zig-zag braids and micro braids became and are still continuing to be popular. When YouTube launched in 2005, braiding became such an internet sensation.here are more than one million braiding videos on YouTube.
“I still remember when braiding was just beginning to start, I was fascinated by the amount of different braids being used on people's hair”
Braiding to many people is so interesting, they are dazed by the way the hair forms into braids. Many people braid hair for the simple look that t looks cute and it's attracting to the eye. In addition, it’s a trend and people do not like to stay back therefore they follow the crowd.
“Braiding is easy and fun to do, I get so easily entertained by braiding someone's hair I love the way the hair functions in order to turn into a specific braid”
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