Africa is rich with ancient hair styles and traditions.
Braids, for example, have been part of African culture for centuries...dating back to 3500 BC according to some scholars.
In many African tribes, braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each kinship group. Braid patterns and hairstyles were an indication of a person’s tribe, age, marital status, wealth, power, and religion.
Today, people wear braids for many reasons including as a protective style for natural hair. Protective styling can help reduce damage to your natural hair caused by daily styling and environmental factors.
Protective styling is also an option if you would like to minimize time devoted to your daily hair routine. Wearing extension braids as a protective hairstyle can be good idea - but only if done carefully.
Afro-textured hair is very fragile so be mindful of how tightly you style your braids.
As well, refrain from putting too much hair in one braid as this can pull and weigh down your natural hair which can lead to breakage.
Also, don’t keep your braids in for too long as this, too, can lead to breakage of your natural hair and dryness. We recommend leaving protective styles in for approximately two weeks and to never go beyond more than two months.
Do you have questions about braids and protective styling? Please reach out to us!