In the mood for French Braids? Most of us are rocking protective styles weekly and since we are all wearing them, our goal is to keep finding cute styles and sharing them with you all here.
This time we noticed a video by YouTuber Keke J. Keke has thick type 4 natural hair and she shared a tutorial on how she creates French Braids on her hair.
Fun fact! French braids are literally two simple cornrows created on the sides of your head and the style isn’t even French.
The braids originated in North Africa specifically from Tassili n’Ajjer mountain range in Algeria.
It was discovered on rock art that shows women wearing braids in rows dated almost 6000 years ago.
In the next Millenium, the style appeared in early Greek art on Celtic warriors and on courtly women of the Sung Dynasty.
The term “French Braid” actually came from a book, an 1871 short story from Arthur’s Home Magazine where a husband tells his wife to “hurry up and put on that new cashmere I sent you, and do up your hair in that new French braid.”
The term is used more so as a cultural reference because the style has a certain level of sophistication to it which is typically associated with Paris back in the day and to some extent even now.
The French have never officially claimed the style to be theirs.
Anyway, I digress!
In this post, I wanted to share the below video with details about what you need to do to make this style work for you.
How To Do French Braids On Thick Type 4 Hair
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1. Wash and condition your hair as normal. Ensure that your hair is very moisturized, and detangled but there is no need to add any heat.
2. Part down the middle of your head securing one side while you work on the other side.
3. You can add hair to make your braids longer if you need to as demonstrated below.
4. Feed-in the hair towards the end of each braid and secure the ends with rubber bands
The hair used in the video is the Cuban Twist Marley hair found at your local beauty supply store.
If you want another video for reference, you can check out Whitney’s video below without added hair.
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