Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims, who has worked with the likes of Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lupita Nyong’o, and more, traces the origins of braids back to African culture. “Braids have been impressionable throughout history,” says Sims. “The origin of the braid can be traced back 5000 years in African culture to 3500 BC—they were very popular among women.”
According to Sims, cornrows with beads were very popular in the 1970s and box braids gained popularity in the 1990s.
The Unexpected Accessory That Holds It All Together
Pull up your Youtube braid tutorials this season, as you’ll need to sharpen your skills. Braids of all kinds hit the runway (including four-strand and fishtail). The coolest way to wear the trend? A long, low, and loose fishtail, inspired by the one seen at the Chanel Hamburg pre-fall show. Accent it with a glamorous accessory fastened at the nape.
photo, Natasha Gerschon, Sting Inc.
makeup, Brodine Rochelle, Judy Inc.
hair, Sandra Yang
fashion stylist, Michelle Paiano, Judy Inc.