Hairstyles can make or break a look, and a popular hair do that never goes out of style 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 with the process of weaving, which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others.

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 braiding hair type 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 a weaving of separate strands where the finished braid resembles the tail/bones look 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.

Happening types of hair braids that are easy to be made!

Braid Fun Fact: The oldest known reproduction of hair braiding may go back about 30,000 years; the Venus of Willendorf, now known in academia 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 she wears braided hair or some 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 careful washing of hair and regular oiling of the scalp.

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

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.

Whether your braid preference is box, crochet, cornrow, fishtail, standard or French, no matter which braid 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!

“The length of your hair is spectacular, it goes almost to the floor.”

“Shorter haircuts are beautiful also, sometimes less is more.”

“I see you braided your hair; it must have taken hours to do.”

“A professional hair stylist made my braid; I sat in a chair, she made the do.”

“The type of braid is exquisite with a different braided look than I know.”

“This here is the fishtail braid. When I walk it swings too and fro.”

Braids: A trendy, well known hairstyle that works every time…mile to mile!

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 http://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


Sometimes less truly is more…especially when you’re dolling up for an evening out and your choice is an eye stopping, alluring miniskirt.
A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches (10 cm) below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress, or a miniskirt dress. A micro-miniskirt or microskirt is a miniskirt with the hemline at the upper thigh.
Miniskirt: A skirt so short with thighs so high you truly touch the sky!

Short skirts have existed for many years, though they were generally not called “mini” or became a real fashion trend until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was subsequently likened to a miniskirt.
Always a fashion flirt when dressed in a stunning, short, sensual miniskirt!

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The miniskirt for maximum effect!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: Hemlines were just above the knee in 1961, and gradually climbed upward over the next few years. By 1966, some designs had the hem at the upper thigh. Stockings worn with suspenders or garter belts were not considered practical with miniskirts and were replaced with colored tights or opaque stockings. The popular acceptance of miniskirts as mainstream apparel peaked in the ‘swinging London’ of the 1960s, and has continued to be commonplace in fashion, particularly among younger women and teenage girls. Before that time short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders and dancers.
Ooh la la, the miniskirt. Rah, rah, rah!

Miniskirt Fun Fact: Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian designer Andre Courreges. Although Quant reportedly named the skirt after her favorite make of car, the Mini, there is no consensus as to who designed the flashy skirt first. Valerie Steele has noted that the claim that Quant was first is more convincingly supported by evidence than the equivalent Courreges claim. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen, who edited the influential “Young Ideas” pages for UK Vogue, firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first designer to offer fashionable miniskirts. Other great designers, such as Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent, had also been raising hemlines at the same time
No matter the designer, no matter the brand…as a true fashion diva the sexy, leg showing miniskirt deserves a congratulatory hand!

Nancy Mangano’s Fashion Fun Tip: Miniskirts look especially cute and alluring when worn with a high heeled ankle boot or a stiletto heel or pump. The higher the heel and the shorter the skirt, the more eye popping the look! And isn’t that the main goal of the miniskirt? To open eyes, turn heads and show off legs for days!
Stop traffic as you walk across the street when draped in a darling miniskirt and high high heels on your feet! A delightful eye candy treat!
Skirt sweet!

Miniskirt Not So Fun Fact: In the early 21st century, miniskirts were still seen as controversial, and remain subject to bans and regulations. Valerie Steele told the BBC in 2014 that even though miniskirts no longer had the power to shock in most Western cultures, she would hesitate to wear one in most parts of the world.
Whether your choice is a miniskirt or a maxi skirt, when donned in a flamboyant and playful miniskirt be prepared to flirt, flirt, flirt!

What’s that you say? The miniskirt is a surefire fashion hit all the way!
“I feel I need to tell you that the bottom of your skirt has fallen off.”
“My skirt hemline is sewn this short…a look that’s sexy and tough.”
“I do believe I like the look…less fabric truly is more.”
“And my legs are long and lean…legs to truly adore.”
“What do you call a skirt that is so short yet adorable all in one?”
“The miniskirt. A definite fashion A+ whether at home or on the run!”
Miniskirt: A fashion hit out of the ball park every time. A winner skirt, truly sublime!

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 http://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