Braids Origin

Braids are one of the oldest hairstyles in history. Ancient writings trace its origin to 3500 BC. Through the years the braids represented social status, religion or ethnic identities. At that time the concept of braiding hair started in Africa, in Namibia. It was a common hairstyle for women that also helped to identify the different tribes in the area. Hair braiding was considered a social art that represented age, relationship and social class to which one belonged. Also, it was used as an act of socializing, as it took a long time to make. Older women braided girls' hair and then girls learned by watching.

French braid

The French braid, also called a root braid, is a type of hairstyle that gathers hair along the scalp, from the top of the head to the ends. The term french braid It appears for the first time in English in 1871, in an issue of the American women's magazine Arthur’s Home Magazine. Specifically, it appears in a fictional short story in which this style is described as a new hairstyle (… “put your hair up in that new French braid”…).1But that text did not contain illustrations, so it is impossible to know if they referred to the same hairstyle as it is known today.

Some of the variants of this hairstyle are:

  • Dutch braidA Dutch braid (also called an inverted French braid) is one whose three strands of hair are intertwined back, rather than forward. The result is a braid that appears to be done from the end rather than from the origin, and also sticks out instead of going inward.
  • Fishtail braidA herringbone braid (also called a fishtail braid) looks like a French braid in terms of the fineness of the pattern, but the hair is divided into only two sections instead of three. This style was called a Greek braid in the 19th century.