If you ask people what is one of the most popular and easily recognized African hairstyles the answer would be braids. There is something about that tight woven look of braids that identifies them as African. Coming down the ages African Braid Hairstyles tell a lot about the rich hair fashion in different African communities. The braids tell a story of the tribes as they spent their lives in interwoven harmony just like the harmonious pattern of braids in which they wore their hair.
Modern African men and women often love sporting braids that show off their rich black curls. Once the braids have been made they can put into any number of hairstyles, ranging from buns, to loose hanging loops, to high updos. The twisted look of braids is much like the woven pattern on cane baskets, and you find many African hairstyles that weave beautiful patterns into the braids on top of the head. Braids can also lock a high bun in place giving it an elegant look. Colors also bring their own magic to braided hair fashion, with a single brown braid, or alternating black and brown braids giving interesting new looks. The creative freedom with which braids can be worn make them stylish for special festive occasions. You also find pretty braided updos tied with a ribbon, or long rivers of braids left to flow on the side of the body. Braids can also be worn short so that they dance in rhythm with traditional dance moves. You can also have heart shapes or other interesting shapes within a braided hairstyle, or try styles with narrow or thick braids depending on the kind of look you want. Here is a look at the wonderful world of African braided magic.
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