Impossible to identify the glued braids by dissociating them from Africa, more than a simple hairstyle, this ancestral hairstyle is one of the oldest in the world and it continues to thrive.
Igbo, Ashanti, or Fulani... African braids are varied, they depend on ethnic groups, they have very deep stories and they still inspire enormously today. We select our favorite models of this timeless and timeless hairstyle to inspire you.
This ancestral African hairstyle is very popular in the world of Hip-Hop, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé or Snoop Dog, and many others...all have adopted it several times. Glued pigtails are also the heyday of fashion, during the last show of the Alaïa house, they caused a sensation on a black model who wore a pretty red dress. This is not the first time that this type of hairstyle has paraded on a catwalk, from Saint Laurent to Chloe, the glued braids often make their show and it is not to displease us.
No matter what style of clothing you wear, glued pigtails can be adapted to absolutely anything! Symbol of femininity in Africa or defying all gender affiliation in the West, the hairstyle options are endless. In a bun, in a zig-zag, or even in a ponytail, it's up to you to see what suits you best, the only condition is to find nimble fingers to have braids on fleek! Accessories are never too much with glued mats, beads, scarves, or scrunchies, you can go as you see fit.
What we like with this styling style is the protective option it provides, your hair will be able to take a break from the heated instruments to which it is exposed.
It is difficult to know the exact date of the creation of African glued braids as they have traveled the centuries. The first traces of this hairstyle date from prehistory, there are also some evidence of its passage through ancient Egypt.
Associated with the history of the African continent and that of the African diasporas, they are deeply rooted in Africa where each model designates an aspect of the life of the woman who wears it. To give you an example in the Soninke ethnic group, a widowed woman or a woman who has just given birth or married can be separated thanks to the models of mats they have on their heads.
There is a choice in terms of models but this diversification was once a question specific to each culture, for example, the origin of a Fulani woman or another ethnic group was recognizable by the way she was braided. Today, the forms of hairstyles are still very trendy to such an extent that they have crossed cultural borders and settled everywhere, regardless of ethnicity, origin, or skin color.
And you, what was the most beautiful model of glued braids that you wore?