The art of braiding hair, originated sometime in 4000 BC in Africa and continues to remain in vogue even today. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Africans, and Asian people all wore their hair in braids, which not only looked good, but also helped in keeping hair off the neck in hot climates.
Hair Braiding Designs for Women
The basic garden three-strand plait, is formed by dividing three even chunks of hair which are then woven one over the other, beginning from the nape of the neck to the end of the hair. This braid is then secured with a hair elastic.
This beautiful, elegant braid is made using the same method as an English braid. However, instead of starting at the nape of the neck, the French braids start from the hairline at the forehead and travel down the back of the head. The strands are taken from either side of the head and weaved into the braid so that all the hair is secured.
One of the most striking African designs, the cornrow style is created by braiding the hair in thin, tight braids close to the scalp, in straight lines.
Heidi or Swiss Braids
Popularized by the fashion models on the catwalk, Heidi braids are made by crossing two braids at the nape of the neck, bringing them up around the head, and pinning to form a kind of crown.
Hair Braiding Designs for Men
Although, not as common among men as in women, braids are popular among African-American men in form of cornrows and dreadlocks.
This is a must-have braid hairstyle for the LOTR and Legolas fans. This masculine braid is created by two-strand braids, formed by bringing tiny sections from one half of the hair to the other and left unsecured at the end.
Once the sections are made, you simply start backcombing each section, rolling it as you go down the hair to keep the dread round, and finally securing with a rubber band at the bottom.
Since, some of these hair braiding designs are more complicated than others, it is best to enlist the help of some professional hair braiders, for that perfect braided look.