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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

 

Denim, the sturdy blue cotton fabric the world knows and loves. Denim is a thick cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck.
The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside.
It’s the indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, that creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.  Fashion fading at its finest!

Denim dresses look and feel sent from heaven. A denim dress can be glammed up or toned down merely by the accessories you wear with the dress. A glamorous night out? Try five inch black patent leather stilettos, a black velvet choker, dangle bracelets and long diamond earrings. Your denim dress has become high fashion. Walking an evening fair? A flat shoe or sandal and minimal jewelry keeps your denim dress casual and comfortable.
Denim Fun Fact: The name “denim” derives from the French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes.” Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans. The contemporary use of the word ‘jeans’ comes from the French word for Geneo, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Denim has graduated from trousers to dresses and looks splendid when worn with long, short, curly or straight tresses.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one piece garment). A dress consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs, containing a skirt of any desired length. All dresses, denim included, can be formal or informal.
Denim Fun Fact: Dry, or raw denim, (contrasted with washed denim) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time dry denim will fade, which is considered fashionable in some circumstances. During the process of wear, fading usually occurs on the parts of the garment that receive the most stress. On a pair of denim jeans, this includes the upper thighs, the ankles, and the areas behind the knees.
The dose for fashion happiness? Enter the durable, dazzling, dynamite denim dress!

Not sure what to wear to the Sunday brunch? Don’t stress! Always a hit is the denim dress!
After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. Washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. In jeans made from dry denim, such fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates what denim enthusiasts feel to be a more natural look than artificially distressed denim.
Denim Fun Fact: To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their denim garments for more than six months. Most dry denim is made from 100% cotton and comes from several different countries, including the United States, Zimbabwe and Japan.



Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant ‘Indigofera tinctoria’, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a repeated sequence of dipping and oxidation – the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.
Rope dyeing is considered the best yarn dyeing method, as it eliminates shading across the fabric width. The alternative “slasher process” is cheaper because only one beaming process is needed. In rope dyeing, beaming is done twice.
Two Categories of Denim Dyeing:

  1. Indigo Dyeing: Produces the traditional blue color or similar shades.
  2. Sulfur Dyeing: Produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green (Think colored skinny jeans!)


The ever popular stretch denim incorporates a plastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of give in garments made from stretch denim. Only about 3% of spandex is required within the fabric to create a significant stretching capacity of about 15%.

Whether your denim dress flows to your ankles or fits short and tight like a miniskirt, when dressed in a denim dress you’ll be a fashion diva with a silent flirt!
“I normally wear denim jeans but tonight I’m going with a denim dress.”
“I love the faded denim look and the natural wear of the fabric distress.”
“Since I’m going out to dinner I wore my patent leather pumps and a flower in my hair.”
“Those two accessories do glam up the outfit and give you a stylish high fashion flair.”
“Perhaps you’d like to join us. There will be plenty of room for you.”
“Excellent. Let me change into my denim dress and we’ll match the whole night through.”
Denim Dresses: When only divine denim duds will do!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846