Saturday, April 14, 2018

Braids, Braids, Braids!

Everyone loves braids! Whether it's a single, simple plait down the back or a complicated up-do, braids are a go-to for stylists. They can be worn for everything from a casual outing to the most elegant event. But, did you know, it's not just a recent trend. Women (and men) have been braiding their hair for more than 30,000 years!
The oldest known hair braiding is a figurine of a female from the Paleolithic era estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BC.

Between 27 BC and 102 AD, in Imperial Rome, women wore their hair in complicated styles: a mass of curls on top, or in rows of waves, drawn back into braids. 
During the Bronze Age and Iron Age in some regions, a braid was a means of communication. At a glance, one individual could distinguish a wealth of information about another, whether they were married, mourning, or of age for courtship, simply by observing their hairstyle. Braids were a means of defining your social status. Certain styles were distinctive to particular tribes or nations.

In modern times, the oldest known written records of braids come from North Africa, although they were depicted in art in both early Greek and Sung Dynasty periods. The "French braid" has been a popular choice. It first appears in an 1871 issue of Arthur's Home Magazine (later named Ladies' Home Magazine and published in America), where it was described in a short fiction article as a new hairstyle (" up your hair in that new French braid..."). In the French language, the hairstyle is natively called "tresse africaine"(i.e. "African braid").

So next time you opt for a braid, know you are part of a long style tradition!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I learned something new today. What a neat history braids have! :) -BB


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