Braids make it better


Emily Gushrowski, Feature Writer

Braiding hair started out as a way for people to communicate. Because braiding can take a long length of time to complete, the hair styler socializes with the person who is getting their hair done and conversation is shared among the two people.
Originating in Africa, braiding has become popular in different variations and new trends throughout the centuries. Due to the heavy work slaves did on plantations each day, Africans developed Cornrows to keep their heritage alive and assert independence.

Cornrows are known as Canerows in the Caribbean and are small braids that are binded tightly against the scalp and done in rows. The tightness of the hairstyle met the requirement for tidy neat hair while working on plantations. African slaves relied on bacon grease, butter, and kerosene to clean and condition their hair.

The famous French Braid originated in France and is known as the French Plait. A french braid consists of three sections of hair that are braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck, while gradually adding in more sections of hair from the sides of the head into the three starting ones.

Braids make a person’s hair stand out amongst others with the interesting look it displays. Girls braid their hair to draw attention toward themselves and to step away from the normal everyday ponytail or bun. Some girls turn to braids for the need of wavy hair that is unachieveable with their natural hair. Hair can be simply braided into french or dutch braids and slept on through the night to kink the hair in an unfamiliar way and give the look of waves. This method is used by girls who want to take a break from hot tools and style their hair without heat. Movies are a big contributor to hair trends, especially new intricate braids. The Hunger Games movies brought out braided hairstyles that consisted of extensive detail and new methods of creating different hairstyles with braids.

Braids are also healthier for a person’s head than ponytails and buns. They keep more hair out of a person’s face in a tight and smooth manner while still having weight and tension distributed across the whole head, rather than wearing on one spot of the scalp like a ponytail does. The amount of different types of braids provide many options for all occasions. They bring hair out of the ordinary and into the trends.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email