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THE EVOLUTION OF HANDMADE BRAIDED WIGS AS A FORMIDABLE FASHION ACCESSORY FOR BLACK WOMEN

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HISTORY/BACKGROUND OF BRAIDED HAIR

Throughout history, hairstyles have not only been of vast varieties but have constantly been changed and revamped. However, hair braiding is an age-long beauty technique. Its history and evolution is broad and varies from cultures, countries as well as centuries. The oldest evidence of hair braiding dates back to nearly 30,000 years. During the Iron age, a lot of people in North Africa, Asia Minor, Near East, Caucasus and the Eastern Mediterranean are portrayed in art wearing various types of braids. In other regions, braids stood as a means of social stratification as well as communication amongst individuals. Certain patterns represented the tribe to which a person belonged, power, marital status and even age. However, this does not mean that braids are only universal to the regions stated above.

In the archaeological findings of the Vikings, braided hair alongside beards were repeatedly portrayed and were usually a part of one’s religion or spiritual practice in the Native America tradition. Modesty was highly upheld by the Medieval European society and it was socially intolerable and unacceptable for women to expose their hair in public or even as much as keep it loose in public. For this reason, women wore their hair in large and thick braids often pinned to their heads in order to keep their head wraps and head pieces in place. Generally, women with African descent have a more kinky hair type and to that end braids were used as a protective measure to maintain their hair. Braids have been around for centuries and will likely be around for centuries to come.



HOW BRAIDED WIGS CAME TO BEING

The history of braided wigs dates back to hundreds of years ago and was very common with the Egyptian Royals. The Egyptian royals wore braided wigs as a symbol of wealth and affluence. The elders wore braided wigs to conceal their baldness or graying hair. The ancient Egyptians are known mainly as a historical representation of age-long beauty, hygiene and vanity. In the country near the Nile River, appearance was of utmost importance. Wigs came into being due to a number of reasons, the first being that the ancient Egyptians did not like to have white or gray hair. To avoid this problem, they used henna. The daily life of the Egyptian royals involved the use of handmade braided wigs which were made in the shape of a helmet and eventually decorated with precious stones and jewellery. Legendary queens such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti were immensely proud of their wigs and were seen as great beauties. A lot of them had shaved heads and their famous appearances were partially made by those who made the best wigs of their kingdom.



HOW PERMED HAIR AND WEAVES REPLACED BRAIDED HAIR

Hair perming/weaves has over the years been able to grant women across various ethnic backgrounds one wish; “drastic transformation of beauty”.. In the year 1928, Marjorie Joyner, an African American woman developed a hair straightener to help African American women who

aspired to change the texture and curliness of their hair to a wave. It turned out to be a fixture in every hair salon around the 1930s and even featured in Hollywood movies. The increase in demand for hair perming products as well as weaves brought about the decline in hair braiding by black women.



THE EVOLUTION OF HANDMADE BRAIDED WIGS

The evolution of braided wigs is quite interesting. As a matter of fact, there is barely any difference between handmade braided wigs and actual braids attached to your hair. Braided wigs have a natural look and compliment your outfit regardless of the occasion. Hand-made braided wigs have become a formidable fashion accessory as women can now rock them with casual and corporate outfits. Sometime ago, black women usually had to go to the salon just to get their braids styled for an event. Thanks to handmade braided wigs, that is no longer necessary as handmade braided wigs come in various ready-to-wear patterns and styles. In recent times the demand for braided wigs by black women has been at an all-time high as it has become a formidable fashion accessory today. For the black woman, braided wigs have become fashion accessories present in nearly every woman’s closet to boost her beauty, confidence as well as versatility. Hand-made Braided Wigs have become the immediate rescue secret of every black woman, especially in the event that immediate hairstyling is needed. Of the many advantages of braided wigs, they’re convenient, save time and are quite easy to care for. There are various types of braided wigs, they include;



1. Lace Front Braided wig:

Made with Lace frontal, Some black women go for this because it is a minimalist braided style. It is perfect for any event as it is not only lightweight but stunningly gorgeous and easy to style.

2. Blonde Box Braided wig:

This is a braided wig that is characterized by square shaped or box-like hair divisions. It is available in various colours and can be worn to both corporate and casual events.

3. Fully hand-braided Kinky Twist Wig:

This is the most ideal wig for black women who would like short hair for a change. It is an adorable, fully hand-made braided wig with a kinky twist. It is also coarse and has a bob-style look similar to dreadlocks.

Fully hand-braided Kinky Twist Wig

 

 

4. Ghana/Cornrow Braids (Full Lace Wig):

Ghana weaves often come in cornrows in front and single plaits at the back. This particular type of Ghana Braid Handmade-Wig is made with full lace wig, which enables full weaving of the wig. It is a formidable fashion accessory for Black women today as it can easily pass for actual hair extensions when worn to an event.

Ghana/Cornrow Braids (Full Lace Wig)

5. Million braid Wig:

The Million braid hand-made wig contains tiny pieces of braids that count up to one million, hence its name. It is easy to wear. Its durability, however, depends on how well you maintain it. Can be made with either closure lace, frontal or a full lace.

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Advantages of Hand-made Braided Wigs

Cost-efficient:

A properly made hand-braided wig can last over two years if you take good care of it. Also, it will save you a whole lot of money and time.

Time-saving:

Hand-made braided wigs will also save you all the time that you will need to take out your braids by yourself or through a stylist.

Protective style:

With a braided wig, you save your edges as well as your nape areas from all of the tension of actual braids.

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