Category

American Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano

Category

When it comes to a striking face, it’s all about the eyebrows. The knack for a great set of brows is in the shape. Whether the shape of your face is round, long, oval, heart, or diamond, the appeal of your face can be contoured and enhanced by the color, length and width of your eyebrows. This fall, full eyebrows are in. The days of tweezing the brows away are gone, and fall 2021 is about being eyebrow strong.

When it comes to a striking face, it’s all about the eyebrows. The knack for a great set of brows is in the shape. Whether the shape of your face is round, long, oval, heart, or diamond, the appeal of your face can be contoured and enhanced by the color, length and width of your eyebrows. This fall, full eyebrows are in. The days of tweezing the brows away are gone, and fall 2021 is about being eyebrow strong.

The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges. Eyebrows come in many shapes and sizes. Some people have thick and bushy eyebrows, while others have thinner, more pointed eyebrows. Some people prefer to wear their brows full, while others either pluck or shave their brows, preferring to draw on a thin eyebrow.

The eyebrows’ main function is to prevent sweat, water and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important to human communication and facial expression. Eyebrows have an important function in communication, strengthening expressions, such as surprise, anger or sexiness. Many makeup artists view eyebrows as a major feature in defining the face. Eyebrows not only shape the face but give definition to one’s eyes and forehead. As with all human features, people modify their eyebrows by means of hair addition, hair removal and makeup.

For bangin’ brows, shape, contour and thread your brows to sheer perfection. Whatever works for you!

How to Shape Your Eyebrows:

1.       Imagine a straight line from the outside of your nose to the inside corner of your eye. This is where your brow should begin.

2.      Imagine a straight line from the center of the upper lip, along with the outer edge of the nose, up to the outer corner of the eye. This is where your brow should end.

3.      Imagine a straight line from the tip of the nose through the middle of the eye pupil. This is where your eyebrow arch should be.

To achieve exquisite eyebrows, follow the above. If you prefer thinner eyebrows, you can tweeze, wax, or thread.

Would you like thicker eyebrows? You can fill the brows in with eyebrow pencils and gels, which create an outline for the brows or mimic hairs in sparse areas.

To create a fuller look, eyebrows can be cloned in an eyebrow transplant. Individual strands of the eyebrow are mimicked to create natural looking eyebrows of the desired shape. Too much for you? Why not try eyebrow tinting? Permanent hair dye, similar to hair color, is used on the eyebrow to darken or lighten them.

Another procedure that can be used to shape the eyebrows is an eyebrow lift. This is cosmetic surgery to raise the eyebrow, usually to create a more feminine or youthful appearance. Also, doctors can inject patients’ eyebrows with Botox or similar toxins to temporarily raise the eyebrow.

Sometimes it’s resorting to ouch to get the perfect arch!

Eyebrow threading is a popular method of hair removal originating in Asia. In more recent times, eyebrow threading has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with cosmetic application. Threading is a method for removing and shaping eyebrows. In eyebrow threading, a thin cotton or polyester thread is doubled, then twisted. The thread is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair in one swipe.

Methods of threading include the hand method, the mouth method and neck. It has been noted that the mouth holding method is the fastest and most precise.

The benefits of threading? This process allows for a more defined and precise shape to the eyebrows and can create better eyebrow definition. Threading can also be used as a method of removing unwanted hair from the entire face and upper lip.

No matter your skin tone, eye color or hair color, the length and shape of your eyebrows draw out your fabulous facial features. The eyebrows truly have it!

Who said the eyes are the window to your soul? The eyebrow certainly speaks for itself!

Sculpted eyebrows: sculpted face!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

What is a clothing fabric that is known throughout the world, and when the word is spoken, you can picture the sturdy material immediately in your mind? Denim!

Many people equate denim with blue jeans, and this is an extremely valued piece of clothing. However, denim also exists in shirts, jackets, shorts, skirts, dresses, handbags/purses, overalls, hats and even shoes! Denim is a divinely delicious garment of clothing that speaks to the masses and is revered by many! Pop culture adores their denim!

Denim is a rugged cotton twill textile, in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the fabric, which distinguishes denim from cotton duck.

It is characteristic of any indigo denim that only the warp threads are dyed, whereas the white weft threads remain plain white. As a result of this warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the fabric shows the blue warp threads, and the other side shows the white weft threads. This is what makes denim’s fading characteristics unique compared to every other fabric!

Denim has been used in America since the late 18th century. The word comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called serge, originally made in Nimes, France, by the Andre family. At first called Serge de Nimes, the name was soon shortened to denim.

Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans. The use of jeans comes from the French word for Geneo, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made. In addition to blue jean pants, it has become fashionable to wear ripped, torn jeans, or to cut your long legged jeans into shorts. Daisy Duke shorts, which are made of denim and are extremely short, are a coveted pair of denim short shorts!

For a different look than hemmed denim shorts, it is fashionable and acceptable to leave fringe dangling from the ends of the short cut-offs, or to bedazzle the denim shorts with jewels, rhinestones, colorful patches of material, etc. You are free to design your own pair of denim shorts to draw out your unique, creative personality.

Some various types of denim are dry or raw denim (as opposed to washed denim), where the material is not washed after being dyed during its production. There is also selvedge denim, where the material forms a clean natural edge that doesn’t unravel.

One look with denim that I find exceptionally attractive is when you wear denim blue jeans (either straight legged or flared) and then you dress the pants up with high heeled, fancy shoes and a feminine blouse or top. I love straight legged blue jeans worn with an angora sweater, and then a long strand of white pearls worn around the neck, hanging down over the front of the sweater. And, on the feet, high heels of course! This is one classy look!

A major denim trend is fading the denim before the clothing item is worn. Fading patterns are another way of personalizing the garment for each individual wearer.

Categories of Fading Are:

1.   Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch of the denim.

2.  Combs (Honey Combs) – Streaks of faded lines that are found behind the knee.

3.  Stacks – The inseam of the denim is hemmed a few inches longer than the actual length. The extra fabric stacks on top of the shoe, causing a fade to form around the ankle to calf area of the denim.

4.  Train Tracks – This fade pattern appears on the outseams of the denim and showcases the selvedge by forming two sets of fades that resemble train tracks.

Another popular variance of denim is stretch denim. This denim is many times used to make skinny jeans, as the material has an elastic component that allows the fabric to cling, and then stretch and give as you move. The pants fit snuggly and tightly, yet are easy to move in and are not heavy, cumbersome or binding. Another great look with denim jeans is to wear a jacket or blazer along with an ankle boot, or knee high boots with the pant legs tucked into the boots!

Divas wear denim! All year long!

Summertime denim!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Author & Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano Receives 2021 Anaheim Award

Anaheim Award Program Honors the Achievement

ANAHEIM August 11, 2021 — Author & Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano has been selected for the 2021 Anaheim Award in the Business Services category by the Anaheim Award Program.

Each year, the Anaheim Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Anaheim area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2021 Anaheim Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Anaheim Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Anaheim Award Program

The Anaheim Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Anaheim area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Anaheim Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Anaheim Award Program

CONTACT:
Anaheim Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@2021-communitybest-notice.net
URL: http://www.2021-communitybest-notice.net

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

For many students, whether you’re in high school or college, there are far more days in a school year than there are clothes in your closet. Even the most fashion-conscious student is going to wear the same outfit in one school year. Whether you wear a school-issued uniform or not, students more often than not want to look and feel like an individual. So, this coming school year, it’s time to spice up your look.

The answer? Accessorize! Accessorize!

A basic pair of jeans and a blazer can be made to look like different outfits just by how you accessorize. Add a pair of high heels, a strand of pearls, and a bow to your hair to look feminine. For a more professional look, slide into a pair of flats or pumps, put your hair in a bun, and wear small post earrings. The same pair of jeans and jacket instantly morphs into a new look.

So, what accessories would work well to add your unique signature look to your clothing and keep you from being bored?

  • Shoes: The pair of shoes you choose to wear can make or break your look. Take a sundress and a pair of patent leather stilettos, and you’ll look stunningly gorgeous. Now take that same sundress pair it with slip-ons or tennis shoes and you’ll look casual and relaxed and definitely cute.
  • Hats: Hats not only add a look of style and class to any outfit, but they give off a fun aura. Sure, you might have to remove the hat when you’re in the classroom, but you’ll look like hot stuff walking through the corridors with a stylish hat on your head.
  • Handbags/Purses: Not only does changing your bag lift your spirits, but it adds a variety of looks to your clothing. For a fun look, match the color of your handbag with your outfit. Better yet, if you match your purse with your nail polish, you’ll radiate with style. Also, whether you carry a tote, a satchel, a clutch, or a hobo bag, the size, shape and color of your purse can add glitz and glamour to any outfit.
  • Jewelry: One of the easiest and best ways to spice up your clothing is with the jewelry you wear. If you want to sparkle and shine, rings on each finger and a row of dangling bracelets up your arm add pizzazz to any outfit. Necklaces, chokers and pins are other amazing ways to add bling and dress up your clothing. If you’re wearing sneakers, yet you want to add something fancy to your look, add diamond or rhinestone jewelry. This blend of casual and dressy leaves you dressed to perfection.
  • Hair Ornaments: We all like to change up our look by changing our hairstyle, but sometimes we need some quick help. To add style to the same hairdo, add a scarf, headband, or hair wreath to your head. Top off a bun, ponytail, or braids with a large barrette for a fun, youthful look. Hair ornaments offset your outfit much like a cherry on a sundae!

Sure, there are some days that school gets boring and routine. Good news! Your clothing doesn’t have to. Keep your mood up and your fashion to date by mixing and matching accessories to your back-to-school clothes.

Beautify your back-to-school clothing: accessorize!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

Being a beach babe beauty doesn’t have to mean bikinis, two-piece bathing suits, or thongs. Women, no matter our body size or shape, can rock one-piece bathing suits and still look gorgeous and sexy. That’s a splendid combination!

Before the popularity of the two-piece bathing suit, and then the bikini, virtually all female swimwear almost completely covered the wearer’s torso, and men wore similar swimsuits. Although the bikini gained prominence and popularity in the 1960s, the one-piece bathing suit has maintained a powerful place on beaches today. Even the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition features some models wrapped in sensual, provocative one-piece bathing suits. For all the fashion buffs, the more material you have to work with, the more alluring and eye-catching the garment can be. This holds true with one-piece bathing suits. From high back to low back, bare midriff at the sides, or sleek V-necklines, one-piece swimsuits can still be the center of attraction. The more fabric used on a swimsuit, the cuter, more stylish it can be!

One of the most common forms of one-piece bathing suits is the tank suit. The tank suit is the inspiration for the ever-dependable tank top. The name “tank suit” is derived from the term “swimming tank,” an obsolete term for what we now call the “swimming pool.” The tank suit is worn for female water sports, swim competitions, etc. The tank suit resembles a sleeveless leotard or bodysuit.

Although we think of one-piece bathing suits as being similar to bodysuits, one-piece swimsuits can be tight-fitting or loose-fitting. Think maternity bathing suits! They are often layered and made of a cotton material that doesn’t cling to the body when wet.

Popular styles of the one-piece bathing suit include the halterneck, the wrap around, the bandeau, and the pretzel suit. One-piece swimsuits are flexible. It can be really cute or super sexy, depending on the style and cut you like.

Whether you’re swimming, diving, surfing, or sunbathing, step out sassy and classy in a one-piece bathing suit. With their slinky fit and stylish appearance, the one-piece swimsuit will still show off a fabulous figure. Think beauty pageants, where contestants oftentimes strut the stage in an elegant one-piece bathing suit.

In the realm of health and beauty, sometimes less is more. In the realm of bathing suits, sometimes more is less!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com


We’ve all been there. We go to sleep excited, anticipating what the next day brings, only to wake up with little energy, a groggy head, and a desire to hit the snooze button. No matter what our day entails, we all need a reason to get up in the morning. For the makeup lovers and the gals who believe that less cosmetics is the way to go, motivating yourself to embark on an every-morning makeup ritual can truly become one of your favorite morning habits.

Motivating yourself simply means stimulating an interest or enthusiasm for doing something. Applying makeup each morning brings so many rewards that the practice will become an enjoyable habit. The rewards of sticking to a morning makeup application process brings so much happiness that losing 20 to 30 minutes of sleep each morning won’t even be an issue.  You’ll be jumping out of bed to get your fierce, fashion forward face on!

Beauty is revered worldwide. We find and admire beauty in nature, clothing, cars, people, and yes, makeup! Cosmetics can bring out your features, hide facial flaws, add color to your face and lift your mood!

5 Reasons to Motivate Yourself to Apply Makeup Every Morning

Self-Care: Self-care is always important. How you take care of yourself can lower and/or eliminate stress, improve your confidence and bring a smile to your face. Hygiene, cleanliness and being nice to yourself are important factors for maintaining a healthy, positive mental and physical body. A little bit of makeup applied each morning can go a long way in improving your mood.

Makeup is an Art Form: Which cosmetics you choose and how you wear them is a great way to express yourself and give yourself a creative outlet. Your bare face is your canvas, and you are free to build on that canvas with foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, or any cosmetics of your choice. Show the world your inner personality by the makeup you apply to your face.

Rituals are Beneficial: By applying makeup each morning, you will get into a ritual that you enjoy. Over time, your ritual or habit will become such a part of your “getting ready” routine that you’ll miss it if you skip a day. Cosmetically made up faces are gorgeous and glamorous. Let the way you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror be your motivation for sticking to your morning makeup routine.

Applying Makeup is Transformative: As a lover of makeup and beauty, each morning, when I put on my makeup, it is a lot like transforming from a moth to a butterfly. I like my bare face, but as I apply cosmetics, which are fun and festive, I feel myself transforming into a va va voom glamour girl. This is worth the effort!

Confidence Booster: If you doubt that makeup can boost your confidence, put on black mascara to highlight your eyelashes and bright red lipstick to bring out your lips. Just these two cosmetic products alone will pull out your natural beauty and bring you to the level of magnificence you deserve! Be the shining star that you are and develop your own morning makeup routine

Wake up to makeup!

Cosmetics are fun, exciting, glamorous and allow you to be highly creative, not to mention a gorgeous cosmetic makeover can do wonders for your mood and confidence. Why feel blah when makeup can cure it all?

For those of you that prefer the natural look, simply apply red lipstick and nothing else. See how just this one small cosmetic gesture can change the entire color and pizzazz of your face! Join the beauty race!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

https://soundcloud.com/kated-294710598/nancy-mangano/s-ufDGG9j7t7c

Nancy Mangano is the featured guest on the Kate Delaney America Tonight Show to discuss her Natalie North novels, her feature film screenplays and her global online beauty/fashion/style magazine Strutting in Style!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations and can be used alone or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

So, should you only use foundation? Should you only use concealer? Actually, for flawless skin, you should use both.

Concealers are used to hide blemishes, wrinkles and skin imperfections. Foundations create an even skin tone and act as the canvas base for applying other cosmetics. I feel these two products work best when concealer is put on first, and then the foundation is applied over the concealer.

Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if used too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

  1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.
  2. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.
  3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.
  4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

No smudged, caked or flaked skin!

Finding the concealers and foundations that work best for you is achieved by your skin tone. Concealers should match your skin tone or be one shade darker. For foundation, the same holds true. Try to use a color that is close to you own skin tone to blend easily into your face and not show makeup lines!

Gorgeous, glowing, glamorous skin! Pure elegant beauty!

Makeup that doesn’t cake up!

Concealer and foundation: which comes first?

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

Much like we all delight in the luxury of a hot, soapy bath or shower, our face luxuriates when it’s treated to a fabulous facial. Facials can be provided in a number of ways, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massages. Although many facials are performed in beauty salons, do-it-yourself (DIY) facials can be just as invigorating and successful in removing wrinkles, rejuvenating your skin and relieving stress.

The benefits of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing, and refreshing the skin, as well as eliminating blemishes.

How to Give Yourself a Full Facial, At-Home Makeover:

  1. Take a warm bath or steamy shower to open your pores, as well as soften and hydrate the skin.
  2. Clean your face well with a mild facial cleanser.
  3. Do a gentle exfoliation of your entire face and apply a mask appropriate for your skin type (oily, dry, or a combination).
  4. While the mask sits on your face, you may want to lie down and place slices of cucumbers over your eyes. This natural home treatment reduces puffiness and eliminates circles under your eyes.
  5. After twenty minutes, wash the mask off your face with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
  6. Voila, glowing skin and a fabulous new you!

Now, you can go au naturel and show off your gorgeous skin. The crowning glory? A glorious hairstyle to frame your clean, pretty face.

Masks can be removed by either rinsing the face with warm water, wiping the mask with a damp cloth or peeling off the mask. For those of you with sensitive skin, I suggest you first test out the mask on a small portion of skin, in order to check for any irritations.

So, treat yourself to a fantastic, fabulous facial and adore the healthy, radiant skin that you’re in. It’s a definite beauty win!

For silky, glowing skin, in addition to pampering facials, eat a balanced diet of healthy foods, drink lots of water and get your much deserved beauty sleep. Your skin, body and mind will thank you!

Fresh faced do-it-yourself facials!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

Hairstyles can make or break a look, but one popular, classic hairdo is the braid. A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, and, of course, hair! Compared to the process of weaving which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow interlaced strands of hair.

In other words, completed braids resemble a criss-cross hair pattern!

Popular Types of Braids:

1.       Box Braids – Hair braids which are characterized by boxy or square shaped hair divisions. They are typically created by adding synthetic braiding hair. This hairstyle is a means of protective styling.

2.      Cornrows – An ancient traditional African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed in simple, straight lines.

3.      Crochet Braids – Also known as latch hook braids, this type of braiding involves crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person’s natural hair with a latch hook or crochet hook.

4.      Fishtail Braids – Also known as the Herringbone, this braid includes the weaving of separate strands where the finished braid resembles the tail/bones of a fish.

5.      French Braids – This braid includes three sections of hair that are braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck.

6.      Standard Braids – Two or three sections of hair are overlapped, creating the standard, twisted braid.

Braid Fun Fact: The oldest known reproduction of hair braiding may go back about 30,000 years. The Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is a female figurine estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BC. It has been disputed whether or not her hair was braided or its a sort of woven basket on her head. The Venus of Brassempouy is estimated to be about 25,000 years old and shows a braided hairstyle.

The braided hairstyle began growing in popularity around the world. During the Bronze Age and Iron Age many peoples in the Near East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, East Mediterranean, North Africa, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Babylonians, Amorites, Hittites, Mitanni, Israelites, Persians, Medes, Chaldeans, Armenians, and more are depicted in art with braided hair.

Long or short, here or there, look spectacular and splendid with braided hair!

Braiding is traditionally a social art. Because of the time it takes to braid hair, people have often taken time to socialize while braiding and having their hair braided. It began with elders making simple knots and braids for younger children. Older children watched and learned from them, started practicing on younger children, and eventually learned the traditional braid designs. This carried on a tradition of bonding between elders and the new generation.

Cornrow Braids Fun Fact: Depending on the region of the world, cornrows are often worn by men and women and are often adorned with beads or cowry shells. Cornrows are easy maintenance, as rows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through the careful washing of hair and regular oiling of the scalp.

Crochet Braids Fun Fact: While crochet braids are a hybrid of traditional braids, they’re considered to be more similar to weaves. The natural hair can be twisted or braided but is most commonly styled into cornrows before affixing the synthetic hair. Using a latch hook or crochet hook, the synthetic hair (in the form of loose bulk) is then attached. Parts of the hair extensions are grabbed by the hook and pulled through the underside of each cornrow, working from the front of the hair to the back at a 90-degree angle.

A Not So Fun Fact About Braiding: Braids pulled too tight or worn for considerable lengths of time can cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.

Whether your braid preference is box, crochet, cornrow, fishtail, standard or French, no matter which braids you step out in, be assured you and your hair will look and feel your best!

Braid Fun Fact: The Dutch braid and the Fishtail braid are both variations of the gorgeous French braid!

Always in style, in rain, snow, sun or shade, a fabulous hairstyle is the beautiful braid!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com