|The Saying that hair is a womans crowning glory,
is indeed very true... Because a woman's
appearance is immediately uplifted by the crown
and her head. Like everything in fashion, hairstyles
come and go and so in age, what styles are in
vogue? Allure's Carol Arhere wrote that braids and
cornrows have become a popular alternative for
Africa's fashion conscious women.
BRAIDS and cornrows have been around for years,
they have remained popular because they are
cheap to maintain and they are versatile. They allow
the wearer to do several styles creating different
exciting looks. Braids and cornrows are with many
ladies because they give the wearer's natural hair
time to recover from the rigors of relaxers and other
chemical products.In recent times, more woman
and even men have turned to braids and cornrows.
Braiding involves taking three strands of hair,
starting at the scalp, and over laying one strand on
another, until the desire effect is created. While
cornrows are braids under woven to lie flat on the
head and then sculpted into simple or complex
parting and sectioning. There are different types of
braids and cornrows.
Straight braid also called Bob Marley:
This braid is perfect on coarse hair because of its
texture. It can be done in several ways depending
on the choice of the wearer. It can be: fish tails, or
packed together to form ponytail at the back or
dropped around the shoulders.
This hairstyle is also suitable for coarse hair
because it allows the braider to pull the hair tighter,
without causing any damage or breakage to the
hair. The hair piece used for this hair style is mostly
Pick and drop braids as it is popularly called. This
style takes longer hours, because of the various
procedures in achieving the style. It looks more
beautiful on the wearer and lasts longer. Synthetic
hairpiece is also suitable for this hairstyle.
These are won by both men women. It can be
made with the original kinky braids or with any other
Cornrows on the other hand are worn by both men
and women as well; we have the all back cornrows.
Basket weaving also known as Alicia keys:
This style is made with little or no hairpiece there is
also the splitting pattern, which involves the use of
more hair piece to create the desired pattern.
Presently, attention is drawn to water melon
hairstyle. This style is making waves because, of
it's durability and comfort. Water melon hairstyle is
in vogue because it is light and very convenient to
Braids generally is a popular hairstyle, because it
allows air to circulate to the scalp and helps to keep
the wearer cool.
So to have the sassy update look this season, join
the braids wagon with these look.
Tips for maintaining braids and cornrows:
- Always make sure your hair is properly washed
and treated with deep conditioner before putting in
braids and cornrows.
- Do not use heavy hair cream this tends to weigh
your hair down causing build-up and flaky scalp.
-For you comfort selects a style that is appropriate
for your hair length and texture.
-Do not leave your braids for more than eight weeks
at a time. As your hair may begin to lock causing
-Put your hair in a silky or satin scarf before going to
bed at night to avoid frizz.
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