The Fascinating History of Braids You Never Knew About

Maya Allen
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The ever-evolving world of beauty births new trends every single day. It’s impossible to keep up with all the hairstyle fads that have come and gone throughout time. But one thing’s for sure—braids have been a staple style in the history of hair for what seems like forever. No, but really, the history of braids dates back to 3500 BC. In other words, they go way, way back. It’s safe to say the significant style maintains a historical legacy that’s here to stay. From classic cornrows, simple three-strand braids, Dutch braids, and more, this symbolic style has been a sign of societal status, ethnicity, religion, and more.

With the Instagram era, YouTube tutorials, runways, and popular music festivals, braids have evolved over time. But they definitely still have a cool-girl reputation that’s rooted in a rich history. We tapped three top hairstylists to take us through the backstory of braids. If you’re curious about the origin of braids, keep reading for a fun history lesson you’re actually going to want to pay attention to.

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