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Twist braids are fast becoming a universal hairstyle

The braiding of the hair is one of the most highly considered styles that women who want to get their hair done and change their looks consider. It doesn’t matter which country you may find yourself in, braids and twist braids for that matter always ends up as a type of hair that women of all categories do or have done before. Twist braids or otherwise knows as plaits are a complex pattern that is formed from two three or more strands. The material used for the braids ranges from textile yarns, hair or even crocheting threads. They have been indigenous and are found in many cultures around the world among the populations of different countries. They exist in different forms all over the world. These type of braids come in different shapes, sizes and colours. Some are thin and long, some are short and bulky. It depends on the look that you want.  They can be black, or sometimes brown. You can also get a set of twist braids that are in different shades of colours in one bundle if you want. For those ones, a bundle can come in black, then tones down to light purple and then deep purple. Others are cream, with a touch of red. Another bundle can be half of a light pink tone and then the other half is a red tone. All brown or cream is also available for those who may want a mild tone of colours. You can also have all wine or black with a tone of brown at the bottom. There are so many options for these braids that this website gives. The sizes of the twist braids also differ. Some are jumbo size, others are medium, some a little above medium. You can also have very large ones, which is fast becoming a trend in Africa. Some twist braids are also very thin and small. It all depends on what you want. These braids are usually worn by women all around the world. Different hair companies produce different colours and shades of twist braids for the market. Twist braids are so universal – no matter your colour, you can have twist braids that fit for you. It can be worn by all types of people.

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Twist braids presently

The art of braiding has evolved according to the culture of people. Wearing braids protects the hair from heat or damage. It is not advised to wear braids for more than 8 weeks because it can lead to breaking of the hair. It is quite a difficult task to keep up with the new trends of twist braids that come in every day. Now, even those who do not like braids have taken a liking to them. It is seen as the new cool. Twist braids may not be that tight like in the olden times but are rather worn freely according to the persons’ taste. With twist braids, you can experiment with the different hair brands that are available on the market. They don’t have to perfect but should be according to your own style. Most people are now embracing braids. You can adorn your braids with ribbons or barrettes to make it more beautiful.
More complex types of braids have included fishtail braid, five strand braids, rope braids, French braids and waterfall braids. The materials used for making braids are either gotten locally or are imported. If the manufacturer doesn’t import the raw materials to make the hair, they rather import the finished product and sell it on the market. Braids are similar to weaving out a pattern. Twist braids have now become a form of art. Twist braids are for different occasions – whether you want a better daily look, or you’re attending an event, or you simply want your hair out of your face, you can opt for them.
Now, twist braids are one of the major fashion fads. There are even Senegalese twist braids which come in kanekalon and toyokalon. The kanekalon is the silky hair for braiding and the Toyokalon is the yaki type of hair for braiding. Some others may prefer human hair for twist braids but the problem with using that is in the fact that the braids will come off. The nature of human hair is not made for braiding. That is why either the kanekalon especially is preferring to give it a smooth and anti-loose finish. You can braid your twist in a large size, or very small, according to your taste. But most people like it a bit medium sized so that it is not too difficult when its time to take it off.
The smaller the size though, the longer hours you have to sit. Some find the long hours punishing and so will prefer the larger size so that it can be done early. This will enable them to attend to other important things. Gone are the days when you spend the whole day in the salon. Hair stylists have even developed new methods of going about twists.

Braids go way back

Braids date back to 3500BC. The styles that were in existence included Dutch braids and more. Braids were worn to show societal status, religion, the ethnic group that you belong to and many more. At other times, it was used to show marital status, power and wealth. Even men had their hair braided in some tribes.
Braids have been undoubtedly traced back to African culture. They are very popular with women. It is said that braiding started from the Himba of Namibia. Among some tribes, braids were used to identify themselves. Braids will never go out of fashion. This is because it continues to make those who wear them look good. Even during the slave trade, it has been documented that the slave workers were seen with braids. Those who worked on the plantations were supposed to be neat and presentable hence the men and women had tight braids, and cornrows. The styles were mainly African traditional but with time, other European and Native American lifestyle influenced the hairstyles.