Braided hair has played a part in the history of many different cultures around the globe. In Africa, people braided patterns and designs into their hair. The Viking women of northern Europe had long, blond braids. Native American men and women decorated their braids with feathers, shells, and beads. Braided hair had a practical purpose. It was a good way to keep hair neat and pulled away from the face while Braids and decorated hair have been an important part of some cultures.
people worked. But people also braided their hair for other reasons. Fancier braided styles could express a person’s importance. Certain braided patterns were saved for important events or celebrations. Braiding was also a way for people to spend time with each other. You can express your personality with braids. What will your braid say about you?
“Long or Short? The longer your hair, the longer your braids can be. You can braid some styles with medium length hair, too. You may have to adjust your braiding techniques to make the hairstyles in this book work for your hair length. Experiment to see what works best for you.”