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The history of hair braiding

There’s a long history when it comes to hair braiding - dating back at least 5000 years. It has been a large part of many cultures all around the world including Asia, Africa, the Americas, Egypt and even Europe. For instance, in Africa hair braiding can be traced back as far as 3500 B.C.

In Europe during the renaissance, the French braiding was used to maintain the hair as clean as possible as people didn’t always have the possibility to bathe as often as they may have desired so.

The history of hair braiding

Aztec women, in the Americas, would take narrow strips of colorful cloth and braid them into their hair then winding the braids around their head. In Egypt, hair braiding was used on the wigs worn by Egyptian royalty.

Of course braiding has more than one function. In Africa, braiding still provides an opportunity to socialize - besides there are some particular styles that are specific to a certain social standing in the community. Hair braiding can also have the function of passing down a certain tradition.

As already mentioned, in Europe, braiding was used to maintain the hair clean, and as surprisingly as it may sound some people - nowadays - still practice braids when they don’t have time to wash their hair. Along with helping to keep it clean and neat, having your hair braided keeps it out of the way while you are working. In fact, this was one of the main purposes for hair braiding among Native Americans.

Hair braiding can also serve a cultural function. For instance, among the Hopi tribe, only married women can wear their hair braided.

However, nowadays hair braiding has to do with style, rather than anything else.

There is a vast variety of gorgeous braids and braids styles – therefore having your hair braided can help your hair look amazing; besides you can easily change your hairstyle and be different every day. It also protects your hair because it helps prevent split ends. So, if you decide to braid your hair on a regular basis, you give it a beneficial break from the daily washing that can be harmful to your hair.

Braiding doesn’t eliminate the need to wash your hair though. You should wash your hair regularly when you have braids. Also, keep in mind that braids don’t need to be tight to be effective. If your braids are too tight it could damage the hair by breaking it and pulling the hair follicle. It could also cause headaches.

If interested in creative and skilled professional braiding, stop by our salon as at Hair Venture in Fort Lauderdale – FL, our hair braiding professionals provide for the most sophisticated and stylish hair braids you can think of.


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