Over the years, more women have decided to embrace their roots and the originality of their African hair and traditions. After decades on decades of women being conditioned by society to look and wear their hair a certain way to look more “European”, braids have made a comeback and for the right reasons.
Elegant, durable, stylish, trendy and chic are some of the words that will be used to describe braids. Not only is it beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, it is also a great protective hairstyle.
The focus of the world is turning to Africa with African fashion being described as vibrant and colorful with its own unique combination of texture, shine, color, and pattern comparable to none. African women are learning to embrace being more Afrocentricity. So it is little wonder that braids, which also fits the aforementioned adjectives of African fashion have become the go-to for women. With braids deep rooted in African tradition going as far back as 3500 BC, braids is as African as Africa gets.
Women of all ethnicities and races have begun to embrace braids and make fashion statements wearing that hairstyle. For example, Lupita Nyongo has graced the red carpets rocking this trend effortlessly. Serena Williams also rocked braids at the wedding of Prince Williams and Meghan Markle, looking absolutely stunning in it.
With braid styles as numerous as the different African fashion designs and fabrics, women and men have a host of styles to choose from. You could literally make your hair into whatever style you deem fit and still cause heads to spin. What's also great are the numerous styles that you could create with this look. A bun, french twists, and several others.
The versatility and cultural richness of braids is undoubtedly one of the reasons it has become a staple for many today. So, go try it out!
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