A Collection of Hair Braids / Popular and Different Kinds of Braiding Styles and Looks
Hair braids have been a popular braid hair style for people since the beginning of time. If you have long or medium length hair, then you have probably experimented with braiding before. In days of long ago, men braided their long beards as well as the hair on their head. Today, men and women alike often braid their hair to make it look stylish and is still especially popular in Jamaica.
Braids are for everyone from your own school age children to some rising movie stars. Popular braided hair styles have appeared on Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, and Penelope Cruz just to name a few. Throwing your hair up in braids is an easy way to disguise your hair if you don't have time to shampoo and also helps your hair stay put on the windiest of days.
The Basic French Braid
This is a picture of the basic french braid which appears to sit on top of the head. A good technique to show off longer hair or give volume to fine or thin hair. The funniest thing about a French braid is that it's much easier to learn how to do one than describe how to do it. A french braid hair style is only a little harder to create than a regular braid style, and it looks very pretty and sophisticated. Almost like something you would pay a professional to do. You don't even need really long hair. Many describe it as making a braid backwards.
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The Crown Braid
This is a picture of a crown braid. The twist produces a rope like effect and also appears to sit on top of the head. It is great for proms and formal hair styles. A crown braid stays up very well, and looks good on almost everyone.
The Plaited or Pleated Look
The lovely Drew Barrymore showed up for a promotional interview, wearing a plaited modern day Grecian style updo, to promote her new movie Grey Garden in New York's ABC studio with Regis and Kelly.
A plaited hairstyle is very simple and worn to keep long hair neat and up off the face. There are three variations of the normal plait: the French plait, the rope, and the scrunch.
Barrymore is seen here with the normal simple plaited look and then pinned to form the stunning Grecian style up-do.
Rasta braids actually are lots of fine braids. Almost always synthetic hair is woven into the natural hair from the hairline until at least 1 to 2 cm. more than the natural hair length. The braids are often decorated with pearls.
They can be worn three to five months. The finer the braids the longer the hairstyle that can be worn (maximum five months).
Dreadlocks are for men and women. There are several methods of dreadlocking hair. After dividing hair into sections, you can either braid, hand roll, or allow the hair to naturally "loc" on its own.
How to wash Dreadlocks Some people think that when you have dreadlocks you don't have to wash them. But that is a dreadlock myth that keeps a lot of people who want dreadlocks from getting them. Washing your dreadlocks and keeping them clean is the first step in having healthy, tight dreadlocks. You should wash your dreadlocks every 2 or 3 days. Always wash your dreadlocks with a residue free shampoo. If you wash your dreadlocks with a shampoo that leaves residue behind, it will slow down your dreadlocks locking up process by coating your hair with lubricants and scents, these residues will lubricate your hair and keep it from locking up inside your dreadlocks. That fact is clean hair make dreadlocks faster and looks better at the same time.
Since the 40's braiding hair has been very trendy. Braids can give you a natural and stylish look and are easy to wear.
The often young and girlish like braids match the actual Fashion Trend of the romantic retro look.
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