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How To Get Beautiful Ethiopian Braids

I cannot help but to idolize natural hair braiding that’s straight from the mother land. There is just something very appealing to it. Have you seen photos of authentic African hair braiding styles? They are STUNNING!

I could not help but to be completely smitten with some photos of Ethiopian women over the weekend. A traditional style in Ethiopia involves braiding the front of the hair and allowing the back to be loose. Sounds simple but when it is done correctly, it almost looks like these women are wearing crowns and tiaras on their heads!

While on my own natural hair journey, I’ve decided to take down my dreadlocks that I’ve had for almost 4 years to embrace my hair in its natural texture. And when I came across the majestic braid styles of Ethiopian women, I will attempt this style myself once my dreads are completely out.

Until then, enjoy this video of a woman doing a traditional Ethiopian braid style.

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    Just to clarify this information…

    With all do respect, this “hairstyle” is not called the ‘”Ethiopian Braid.” With proper research one can find that this particular hair tradition comes from the tribe called Tigri as well as the Country of Eritrea as a whole. This hair braiding technique was aquired centuries ago as a cultural heritage embraced during ceremonial events mainly Weddings, Engagments, Babtizims etc.and can be jeweld with gold. Also depending on the style it tells a story of transitioning from child to young adult to engaged to married to motherhood and to grandmother. This culturalhair braiding is NOT a trend or a style statment for the people of Eritrea or the tribe Tigri. This cultural hair has been a way of life and pride and has never been claimed as an Ethiopian Braid because quite frankly it wasnt theirs to claim to begin with. Ethiopian weddings have never celebrated this “hairstyle” until recently out of the blue. Cutural hairstyle meaning it is celebrated by the whole nation of Eritrea and the Tigri tribe but this can not be true for Ethiopia. So please when covering stories of cultural backgrounds do go deeper.

    Thank you