Author Nancy Mangano


Are you one of the many who wear their sunglasses in the dark, at night, even though it dims your eyesight? Why? Because any fashion diva walking behind sunglasses creates a stunning visual: striking, trendy and cool!

Sunglasses do far more than protect our eyes from strong rays of sun. Sunglasses make a fashion statement on everyone!
Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses also function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored or darkened, and frames that are cool, chic and sexy.

Sunglasses Fun Fact: The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause serious eye problems. Fashion experts recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you wish to appear hot.

Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors, primarily from a desire to mask their identity, or to add mystery to their mass appeal. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach. Sunglasses have become popular for many reasons, one is to keep sun and glare out of your eyes. Sunglasses can also be worn to hide the eyes, making eye contact virtually impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses.

Portrait of beautiful sensual girl in sunglasses

Fashion trends are another major reason for wearing sunglasses, particularly designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes and sizes may be in vogue as a fashion accessory. Fashion trends can also count on the “cool” image of sunglasses and their association with a prominent lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. Sometimes the image sunglasses gives off serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.

Sunglasses Construction:

1. Lens: The color of the lens may vary depending on style, fashion and purpose, but for general use, red, grey, green and brown are recommended to avoid or minimize color distortion.
2. Frames: Frames are generally made of plastic, nylon, metal or a metal alloy. Frames can be thin, thick, colorful, wire, and various shapes.
3. Nose Bridge: Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.

I wear my sunglasses in the dark! Simply because I can!

Fashionable Types of Sunglasses:

1.  Aviator
2. Clip Up
3. Flip Up
4. Gradient Lenses
5. Mirrored
6. Oversized
7. Shutter Shades
8. Teashades
9. Wayfarer
10. Wrap Around

Various names for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun shades, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses. Some major brands include Foster Grants, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, Luxottica and Serengeti.


Who is that stunning guy and gal behind those sunglasses? Sunglasses look fashionably sexy on all lads and lasses!

Over the moon in cool sunglasses!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website



Sure, life can be much easier and more fun when you have lots of money, but money doesn’t mean everything. On those weekends when cash is tight and your time is open, it can force you to get creative and explore activities that you may not pay much attention to when your wallet is large. This is actually a good thing. You’d be amazed at how many activities you can do and what you can explore when your budget is forcing you to nickel and dime it!

Favorite Affordable Weekend Activities:

• Bowling: Everyone should bowl at least once in their lifetime. Most larger cities have a bowling alley in the area that can guarantee you a fun, competitive event at a reasonable cost. Toss in nachos and a coke from the snack bar and have a grand time on a dime!

• Take a Hike: Most of us spend so much time in our cars, on public transportation, etc. that getting out in the open air and enjoying a hike is a welcome pleasure. Whether you take a short stroll through hills or a long hike up mountains, the exercise and fresh air will feel good!

• Plan a Picnic: If the weather cooperates, a picnic in the park passes time and costs you only the price of the food you pack. Some cities offer free outdoor concerts in the park. Why not lay out a blanket, feast from your picnic basket and enjoy some great music at minimal expense?

• Visit a Coffee House: Coffee houses have become the new “fast food restaurants” to drink and socialize in. You can pass an entire afternoon hitting a coffee house with friends, indulging in your favorite flavored coffees and chatting for hours. You can catch up on all the latest gossip and connect with friends on a deeper level at the same time.

• Host a Movie Night: Invite family and friends over for a movie night at your house. Everyone can pitch in for pizzas or you can do a potluck style gathering, where the cost of food is divided among the guests. Laughter, food, and fun on a budget!

• Hang Out in a Sports Bar: Sports bars offer delicious food, drinks, access to viewing sporting events, pool tables and dart boards. For the same amount of money you would spend at a restaurant for dinner, you can choose to eat at a sports bar with unlimited free entertainment while you watch your favorite teams battle it out. Not a sports fan? A little competition does the body and mind well!

• Go for Ice Cream Treats: Find your closest Baskin Robbins or frozen yogurt shop and indulge in your favorite ice cream treats! Satisfy your sweet tooth with amazing ice cream desserts and your taste buds and mood will ramp up, while your pocketbook doesn’t take a nosedive. Ice cream brings everyone to their happy place!

With so many things to do that don’t require lots of money, one should never be bored. Unless, of course, the stillness and restful state of being bored brings you to your happy place. There is a serenity about slowing down, doing nothing, and regrouping! After all, this is how you keep your energy up to do fun activities on  a budget!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website



As a cosmetics guru, did you know that you can actually change your overall appearance by simply choosing the color of lipstick or lip gloss you decide to swipe on? Just like with your clothing, in addition to your look, changing the color of your lipstick can also elevate and change your mood. From classic red to pink to nude, experimenting with various shades of lipsticks can truly improve your attitude!

Roaring Red Lipstick: The color red exudes a strong and powerful energy. As a lipstick, the color red stands out as the epitome of sex appeal and femininity. Red lipstick is energizing, excites the emotions, and motivates you to take action.

Pretty Pink Lipstick: The color pink is romantic, affectionate, and intimate. Pink lipstick is feminine, girly, and dainty. Lather your lips in pleasing pink lipstick and you won’t go wrong.

Opulent Orange Lipstick: Orange lipstick is the bomb! There is something about orange lips that stand out. You get an aura of bold confidence and opulent royalty. The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical reaction of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange lipstick will get you through any kind of day in a fun, upbeat way.

Nifty Nude Lipstick: For a look that is naturally warm and inviting, your best bet is to opt for a nude-toned lipstick. Makeup companies have interpreted nude cosmetic tones as a fair to medium skin color. Nude lipsticks look flesh-toned and glamorous. It’s suitable for any look or mood that you’re in. Nude lipsticks complement every skin tone: fair, medium, or dark.

Pleasant Purple Lipstick: There is no denying that purple lips pop. Whether you prefer a deep, dark purple or violet color, maybe even a lighter hue of lavender, when you color your lips in shades of purple you’ll always look trendy and fashionable.

Lipstick Tip: For a dry-mouthed look, go with matte lipsticks. For a shiny, wet look, you want to use lip gloss.

Love the lips that you’re in. Alter your look with this easy tip – change the color of your lipstick!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website

Love them or dread them, skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere, except perhaps in your closet or wrapped around your body. The myth that skinny jeans can only be worn by thin people is just that, a myth.

Worn by both men and women, skinny jeans generally refer to extremely tight-fitting pants with tapered legs. You know a true skinny jean with its snug leg fit and the hem ends in a small leg opening that can be anywhere from 9 inches to 20 inches, depending on the size of the pants.

Skinny jeans are also known as slim fit, drainpipes, stovepipes, skinnies, and tight, cigarette, or pencil pants.

Get the true skinny on skinny jeans!

In addition to blue denim, skinny jeans can be found in almost all colors, and many times the pants’ material contains some spandex (2% to 4%), which makes the pants easier to wear. It also allows the fabric to cling to the body. Some styles of skinny jeans have bottom hems that actually hug the ankles.

Skinny jeans look great with both high waisted and hip-hugging cuts. Depending on where you are going or what accessories you are wearing, you can dress down with skinny jeans or ramp up your look. For a casual vibe, try pairing your skinny jeans with tennis shoes and a T-shirt. For a look that is dressy and classy, go with denim skinny jeans, a black velvet blazer, and four or five-inch heels, preferably patent leather. This creates an aura that appears chic, stylish, and trendy.

Since the 1950s, skinny jeans have come in and out of style. In contrast to the bell-bottoms that were huge in the 1970s, many punk rockers and glam band artists continue to wear tight skinny jeans (think Poison, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi).

Fashion is all about taking risks and finding your unique, signature style that works and defines you! Whether you’re a man or a woman, this famous saying holds: To thine own self be true!

Remember, wearing skinny jeans doesn’t mean you have to be a “skinny-minnie.” As long as your jeans fit well and you feel like rocking them, then you’ll look swell! For those of you who prefer the look of skinny jeans, yet want a bit more room and comfort, there are cuts that come close to the skinny jean but leave your hips and legs a touch of breathing room!

Through fads and trends, the style of the skinny jean never ends!

Skinny jeans are ideal for tucking into boots (ankle boots, knee high boots, and/or thigh high boots) as the pants fit tight on the calves and ankles, allowing the pant legs to stay snug in the boot, and not slink up and out! No continuing to tuck your pant legs back into your boots all day! In some styles, zippers are needed at the bottom of the legs to help you pull the pants over your feet. I think skinny jeans with zippers near the feet are adorable and a visual fashion treat!

Get the skinny on skinny jeans. A fit that’s tight and oh so right!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website




ChapStick is by far the most noted and used brand of all lip balms. The brand name ChapStick is so popular that people use it in relation to all lip balm products, much like calling tissue Kleenex. ChapStick is manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and sold in many countries around the world. But what does ChapStick actually do? It helps treat and prevent chapped lips, and more.

ChapStick also functions as a sunscreen available with SPFs as high as 50, and a skin lubricant to help prevent and protect chafed, chapped, sunburned, cracked, and windburned lips. “Medicated” varieties are also available which contain analgesics to relieve sore lips.

Five Fun Facts Regarding ChapStick:

  1. It Doesn’t Moisturize – ChapStick doesn’t work by adding moisture to your lips, it works by protecting your lips from losing their own moisture. The wax creates a watertight barrier that prevents your internal skin moisture from escaping, softening your lips and keeping them feeling moist.
  2. The Little Bit You Ingest is Okay – Although the ingredients in ChapStick aren’t meant to be eaten, the amount you consume from licking your lips isn’t going to harm you, much like wearing your favorite lipstick.
  3. ChapStick Does Expire – Like most health and beauty products, a tube of ChapStick does have an expiration date. You’ll likely use the product before it expires, as one container of ChapStick is meant to last two to three years.
  4. Lips Aren’t The Only Place to Use ChapStick – Much like petroleum jelly, ChapStick can be applied to other parts of your body than just the lips to soften skin and help hold in moisture. You can use ChapStick around your nose in cold weather to prevent chapping, apply it to your nail cuticles and tame unruly eyebrows.
  5. Special Flavors – ChapStick is available in special flavors developed in connection with marketing partners such as Disney or charitable causes like breast cancer awareness. Some of these flavors include Cherry, Grape Craze, and Blue Crazeberry.

For soft, natural, gorgeous lips that are sure to shine, apply ChapStick in the morning and evenings, or as a protective base coat before swiping on your lipstick.

For the many of you who use ChapStick regularly, here are a list of Ingredients in regular flavored ChapStick: arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax, proponal. Its net weight is 4 grams or 0.14 ounces.

Although most people have no ill effects from using ChapStick, some of you may be allergic to certain ingredients. Always read the ingredients list of all lip products to ensure your health and safety before using the item for the first time.

Everything you need to know at Chapstick 101! Protect your lips and keep them kissable and soft for joyful fun in the sun!

Pucker up baby! ChapStick for soft, supple, ooh la la lips!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website


Who said, “All that glitters isn’t gold?” In the realm of cosmetics, gold eye shadows and gold lipsticks look as glamorous and gorgeous to a beauty diva as the Gold Medal looks to an Olympian! When your eye shadow shimmers, shines and sparkles with glitter galore, you’ll look even more stunning than ever before!

Applying glitter eye shadow to your gorgeous peepers is a simple and amazing way to create an alluring, sophisticated look that steals the show when you walk into any room. The addition of glitter to the eyes makes the eyes pop. If you add heavy eyeliner and mascara, your eyes will stand out even more in shining, dazzling abundance.

No matter if your eye color is brown, gold, hazel, green, violet, or blue, glitter eye shadow will look fashionably well on you!

Did you know that by merely applying eye shadow on your eyelids and under your eyebrows, you can make your eyes stand out, add depth and dimension to your eyes and look more attractive? Wearing shades of eye shadows that complement your eye color creates an aura of elegance and beauty. Since the best rules of fashion are no rules at all, mix and match colors of your choice and experiment with them all!

How to Apply Glitter Eye Shadow:

1. Prepare your eyes by applying eye primer across your upper and lower eyelids (this limits the chance of creases in your eyeshadow).
2. Blend the primer in with your fingertips or a Q-tip.
3. Select either a powder, cream, cake, or liquid glitter eye shadow.
4. Apply the eye shadow to your upper or lower eyelids, or maybe on both, with your fingertips, makeup brushes, or pencils.
5. Experiment with a variety of colors to match the color of your eyes or your clothes. Neon colors will make your eyes pop. Pastel colors will provide a soft, dainty, elegant look.
6. To remove glitter eye shadow, I would recommend using a commercial eye makeup remover. For some eye shadows, warm water alone will remove the eye makeup. Of course, petroleum jelly works wonders to remove eye makeup.

For a glorious set of eyes, highlight your glitter eye shadow with heavy black eyeliner and black mascara. This provides a theatrical, dramatic look that will steal any spotlight! Better yet, bat your peepers with long, lustrous, gorgeous fake eyelashes!

Eye, eye, eye, where did you get those fabulous eyes?

The eyes truly have it – glitter eye glam! For the beauty diva in all of us!

Get your glitter eye shadow groove on! You can’t go wrong!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website


Spring is almost here, and with that comes sunshine, flowers, longer days and of course, pastel colors. Pastel colors are lighter, softer, more muted shades of some of your favorite colors, most notably pink, green, yellow, lavender, orange and blue. Soft pastels make a big splash in the fashion world in the color of garments, shoes, purses and nail polishes!

Yes, pastel manicures and pedicures are popular, pretty, and pleasing in spring!

Nail art is fun, beautiful, creative, and makes you feel good. We should all pamper ourselves with anything fashion and beauty!

You agree that decorative nail art and professional manicures look and feel great, but not everybody has the time, money, or transportation to get to a nail salon.

For those of you that prefer the do-it-yourself method, here are a few fun and easy tips you can do to paint your own nails in gorgeous pastel shades:

1. File your bare, clean nails into your desired shape.
2. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple minutes to soften the cuticles.
3. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
4. Use a Q-tip or nail stick to gently push back the cuticles.
5. Wipe your nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residues left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
6. Apply a clear base coat of polish to the bare nails and let them dry (this permits the polish to stick to the nails easier and prevents smudging).
7. Paint your nails with the fingernail polish color(s) of choice. Try the three brush stroke rule: one stroke of polish down the center of the nail and one stroke to the left and right side of the nail.
8. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
9. If desired, display your unique creativity by decorating away! You can use jewels, glitter, decals, various colors of polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour, and pizzazz to your nails and hands!

Let’s give a hand to the glamorous nail art with pretty, pleasing, feminine shades of pastel polish for a look that’s well, perfectly polished!

To add spice and pizzazz to your well groomed, gorgeous manicured hands, add rings to your fingers. I love large rings, or rings that fit above the knuckle.  Also, dangle wrist bracelets will add allure and glamour to your pastel painted hands!

Decals, beads, gems and stones as nail art are another great way to go! Do I hear glitter anyone?

Let’s give a hand to pastel nail polish on your perfectly manicured hands! Grand!

Spring forward in pretty pastel nail polish!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website

Whether we admit it or not, most of us are celebrity and movie junkies that either follow celebrities and their latest fashion trends or flock to theaters to see them entertain us on the big screen. People have a fascination with Hollywood, with Los Angeles being the movie capital of the world.

One of the main Hollywood events revered and watched worldwide is the Academy Awards, also knowns as the Oscars. With the 91st Academy Awards fast approaching, airing on February 24, 2019 and being hosted at the Dolby Theater, Los Angeles, many of us will watch the televised event, fascinated by the fashion, hair, makeup, shoes, and jewelry, draped on our favorite celebrities. We’ll root for the feature films that moved us, thrilled us, entertained us, and made us feel emotion. Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Roma, Black Panther and Vice to name a few.

Academy Awards Fun Fact: The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcasted on the radio in 1930 and first televised in 1953. The glamorous event can be live streamed online and be watched almost anywhere in the world. The Academy Awards is the oldest worldwide entertainment ceremony. The Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music are modeled after the Oscars.

Academy Awards Fun Fact: The first Academy Awards presentation was held on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of approximately 270 people. The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The cost of guest tickets for the night’s ceremony was $5. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors, and other participants in the filmmaking industry, for their works between 1927 and 1928. The ceremony ran for 15 minutes! That’s such a short event compared to today’s three-hour airtime!

So, how do you capture and partake in the Academy Awards’ opulent allure? You can attend the red carpet event, throw or go to an Oscar party, or simply watch the awards show in the comfort of your own home with good food and great friends!

After all, as far as Hollywood award shows go, the Academy Awards are truly the champions of the world!

Thank you filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and all motion picture members who help bring these great stories to life on the big screen!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website



With so many cosmetic lines available on the market, both walk-in and online stores promoting major sales and price reductions on numerous beauty and skincare items, do you as the consumer really benefit from product sales and gimmicks?

Ulta Beauty Inc. is a chain of beauty stores in the United States, headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Ulta Beauty carries cosmetics and skincare brands, men’s and women’s fragrances, and hair care products. Ulta Beauty has both walk-in and online stores, and all walk-in stores are equipped with a salon. Twice a year, usually in the months of March and September, Ulta has a 21-day sale where select brands or items give huge discounts for one day. Each day throughout the 21 days has at least two beauty steals, with discounts up to 50% off. Ulta also promotes Hot Buys which run through the entire 21-day sale. Along with the events, you are usually offered Beauty Samplers and Try Me Kits. These deals come from Ulta’s upcoming catalog and their online link. All listed deals are available both in-store and online unless the deal is listed as an online exclusive. Another sales technique used by Ulta is free shipping for Platinum and Diamond members and free shipping with a $50.00 or more purchase for UltaMate members.

For all you fashion and beauty lovers and for those of you that occasionally glam up, is Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty worth the hype? Yes!

Our fascination with cosmetics, skin and hair care products is evident, as the beauty industry racks in billions of dollars in sales annually.

If you receive an Ulta catalog in your mailbox announcing their upcoming 21 Days of Beauty deals and browse the magazine, you’ll see why Ulta’s bi-annual sale benefits both Ulta and you as the consumer. Leading up to the event, if you actually shop in the store before the sale begins, it’s all too easy to get lured into eyeing not only the beauty items you plan to purchase at that time, but additional items will catch your eye, and you’ll think “Why not? I’ll buy those during the 21-day sale.” There is something about thinking you got a bargain and are spending your hard earned money wisely that makes you feel good and satisfied!

Another way Ulta’s 21-day sale is a success is because if you spread your purchases out over a number of days, you’ll feel like you’re spending less money overall, as opposed to one large purchase in one day. Then by tossing in free shipping for any order over $50.00, you’ll naturally hike your cart price up while you’re shopping, which even though you’ve spent more money, you’re happy because you saved on the shipping!

If you’re someone who buys a large number of cosmetics and beauty products throughout the year, then Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty is a great promotional sale for you. Ulta carries their own brand, as well as a large supply of major brand cosmetic products, so you’ll have numerous makeup, fragrance, skincare and hair care items to choose from. Some people prefer certain brands while others will mix and match their cosmetic choices, and you have this preference made available to you through Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty. You can buy all your favorite reduced items in one store or on one online website, over a 21 day period.

There’s a great reason why Ulta advertises their 21 Days of Beauty as “Beauty’s Biggest Event,” because to cosmetics lovers and beauty gurus, it is!

Watch for Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty and shop away. Every guy and gal uses skin and hair care products so you’ll certainly find items you will love and get your money’s worth out of, and save money in the process. Your price reduced purchases will feel like a major success.

Put Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty frenzy to the test. A cosmetic and beauty lover’s best!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website

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. The Dutch braid is a form of the French braid.
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 to 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!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website