History of Braids in Europe

Hair braids are extremely popular among women who live out there in the world. You must have fallen in love with them as well. While using hair braids, it is worthy to take a look at the history of hair braids as well. Then you will be able to get a clear understanding of how they came into this world and how they evolved along with time. From this article, we will share details about the history of braids in Europe.

Braids in Europe

The origin of braids 

Braids were not originated in Europe. In fact, they were originated in the neighboring continent, Africa. As per the historical records, it is possible to say that braids came into this world around 5000 years ago. Ever since the introduction, African women have been using them for a variety of hairstyling purposes as well. They have been extremely popular among African women.

African women were using braids for hundreds of years. It became a part of their culture as well. In most of the African tribes, using braided hair was a unique method available to figure out the tribe and identify people. Due to the same reason, it was possible to discover many different types of braids being followed by people who belonged to different tribes that existed within the country.

The hairstyles and braid patterns were also used as an indication to determine the age, tribe, power, wealth, marital status, and religion of a person. It was a form of social art back in the day. The process of braiding took a lot of time. Due to the same reason, it provided people with the opportunity to socialize with each other as well. The elder children went ahead and braided the hair of youngsters. Then the youngsters started practicing them on each other. This made braids even more popular within the culture. 

How braids came into Europe

Now you have a clear understanding of the origins of braids. Along with that, you will come across the need to figure out how they came into Europe as well. Traders from Greece were the people who introduced braids into Europe. They have been trading goods with Egypt. Along with that, they got to know about braids. This took place during 3500BC. Then people in Egypt started exporting box braids to the people in Greece. From Greece, the braids were sent to other parts of the continent as well.

The evolution of braids within Europe 

Braids didn’t become extremely popular among people in Europe until the recent past. However, they were subjected to some prominent evolutions along with time. Along with the introduction of braids, people in Europe changed the way how they were doing hairstyles and expressing their interests. However, the braiding patterns didn’t change much and they remained the same.

As of now, you will be able to find women wearing braids in many different ways. Even the women who didn’t wear braids back in history now prefer to go ahead and embrace them due to the presence of a variety of patterns. In other words, women in today’s world are approaching braids in many different ways. You can find them getting clean lines to messy braids as well. It has provided them with a fresh approach to ensure coolness with hairstyles.

Until the recent past, women in Europe preferred to go ahead with the traditional box braids. However, they got bored with the same look and feel delivered by the traditional box braids. As a result, they came across the need to do something new. That’s where they thought about making some variations to the traditional braiding techniques. This gave life to new forms of braiding such as French braids and Dutch braids. These braiding styles were discovered by people who lived in their respective countries. That’s the main reason why those names were introduced to refer to the braiding styles. These variations impressed women in Europe. Along with time, the popularity of these braiding styles increased and spread to other parts of the world as well. As of now, you will be able to find women wearing both French braids and Dutch braids in many different parts of the world.

It was the box braids, which created a sense of community. However, women in Europe didn’t want to stick to it. They experimented heavily with the braids and that’s where the new variations of braids emerged. 

Women in Europe have been continuing to use braids as a form of art. In fact, women in all age categories prefer to go ahead with this form of art. On the other hand, you will also be able to find men in Europe following the form of art.

We can still see how the braids culture in Europe is evolving along with time. Therefore, we can keep our fingers crossed to see many new braid types, which will come out in the future.  

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Sky Hoon
Hair Lover, Idea Starter. He started HairQueenie, which is ranked #27 in the FeedSpot Top 40 Hair Care Blogs and mentions in ManeAddicts and Tempest. Hair is not everything but something. He started Hairqueenie to share great hair products. Over time, he found there are more value to share answers to hair problems that cannot be found easily.
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