Woven In History
African cultures carry
As part of their culture, Africans braided hair for socialization, interest, skill, learning, beauty and special occasions. Hair braiding is an ancient art that dates all the way back to 3,500 BC! People have passed down the tradition of braiding through the generations. You can relate the history of learning braids to school. The younger people in school learn from their elders, and then those learners teach the art to their children. The younger girls used to, and still usually do, get their hair braided by their aunts, mothers and older sisters. Braids used to be “reserved” for special occasions such as weddings. Historically in African culture, when people braided hair, they expected to be allowed to braid the person who braided their hair in return. But, as mentioned earlier, the older, more-skilled hair designers did not want the younger to braid their hair because they were not as “experienced.” Because braiding takes so much time, customers and hair professionals would socialize with each other while braiding hair.
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