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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

 

Elaborate and time consuming to do? This actually isn’t true! The fishtail braid is easy to do and adds to a beautiful you!
If you have been following my recent fashion/style blog posts (thank you!), then you know that I am demonstrating how to structure the three most popular hair braids: the three strand braid, the French braid and the fishtail braid.
Today, the fishtail!
The fishtail braid, also known as the herringbone braid or the fishbone braid, gets its name as the style and technique of the finished braid resembles the looks and the placements of the gills and bones that make up a fish tail.
This trend of hairstyle is simple to master, and the alluring fishtail braid radiates a vibe that appears as if you spent hours styling your hair!
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The look of the fishtail braid is so unique, yet so sporty, that the braid is an ideal way to wear your hair, whether you are going dancing on a dress up night on the town, or merely spending the day in an open lake or ocean, fishing your day away!
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Steps to Structure the Fishtail Braid:

  1. Divide your hair into two sections, parting the hair straight down the middle (makes a right and a left section).
  2. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Now pull this same strand of  hair over the top of the left section, and grasp the same strand of hair under the right section (the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section). Try to use the same thickness of hair for each strand throughout the braid, or the braid may look uneven.
  3. Repeat step two, in the opposite way, going from the right section to the left section. Pull a strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull the strand over the right section, and then weave the same strand of hair under the left section.
  4. Keep alternating this same movement with the hair strands (left to right, right to left, left to right, right to left…over and under, over and under) until you reach the bottom of the braid.
  5. Tie the end of the braid off with a hair bobble or an elastic band to ensure that the braid doesn’t unravel.
  6. Add a cute ribbon, bow or hair accessory charm over the elastic band to add your own personality to the braid.

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Fishtail Braid Fun Fact: If you complete a fishtail braid and the braid is too tight, there is no need to undo the entire braid and start over. Merely use your fingers to massage into the strands and the braid will loosen. Don’t massage too harshly, or you will frizz out the strands!
In addition to wearing your fishtail braid(s) straight down. doing fun experiments with the braids, such as placing them over your head, or adding colored highlights to your hair, adds to the electrifying vibration of the fishtail braid!
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Fishtail Braid Fun Fact: For a more intricate braid, use skinnier strands. The smaller strands take more effort to complete the fishtail braid hairstyle, but the finished look is gorgeous!
Do you wish that your hair stood out from the rest? Fulfill your wish with the fishtail!
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Hail the Fishtail!
How to measure the scale of the fishtail? A “10”!
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The fishtail braid: a self-made braid!
A fishtail never looked so good!
The fishtail braid is sensual, sporty, sassy and sexy!
I render that you will be weaving your way to fishtail splendor!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.