African women with braids

When I first arrived in Africa, I felt only two words: novelty. Black women here are naturally beautiful, and hairstyles have become their main way of expressing their individuality and venting their beauty. Their hairstyles are rich in associations and full of individuality. They not only retain the simple and simple hairstyles of ancient times, but also retain the styles with unique national characteristics. They also follow the pace of the times and absorb a variety of trendy hairstyles of white and yellow people. It can be said that black women’s hairstyles are the most versatile and varied hairstyles in the world.
  Roughly speaking, there are two most common hairstyles for black women: the first is the “curly” type. Their hair is naturally curly, thick and loose, and scattered. When we first came to Africa, we often did not distinguish between men and women, and reversed Yin and Yang. Black women are particularly fond of their hair, and when the hair is a little longer, they comb “curly” and start braiding. The length and thickness vary, depending on personal taste. At this time, the braided braids are not hanging down, but coiled on the head. The hair is the same, but the patterns of the braids are various: either from top to bottom, running side by side, neatly arranged; or open from the middle, symmetrical combination left and right: or add “S” shape to sway freely: or start from the top of the head, such as Dragons and snakes are coiled, together with snail shell decoration, and so on. Don’t look at the black hair’s not straight, but the braids are unambiguous, carefully arranged, not missing a curl, not blurring a little detail, the “watershed” in the middle is clear, one light and one dark, one ridge and one school, It is often reminiscent of the terraced fields photographed from high altitude, and the sweet potato seedlings that have just been turned over in the Jiangnan Water Village. When they comb their hair, they add some oil, which is easy to straighten the hair from the curl. There are also some women who do not braid their “curly hair”, but are happy to do puzzles: comb their hair into pentagons or hexagons, and then weave the ends into the hair to make an authentic “football”. “Hairstyle: Or miniaturize the “football” and re-comb into the graphics on the skin of “pineapple” and “lychee”; or lower the hair a little to make a hanging “grape” shape; or straighten the hair and do In the shape of round and blunt “mushroom”-shaped slender strips of “coral”… In short, they are also idle when they are free. play. One day, I saw a girl on the street “carving” her short hair into a kind of shell that is common in many places: a centipede-shaped hole line in the middle, and shell scallops on both sides, which is vivid and ingenious. Unique and artistic hairstyles like this can be seen everywhere in Africa.
  The second common hairstyle is called the “running head” type – the kind that is casually brushed back. Black people’s hair is not long enough to cover their ears to compliment their “long hair fluttering”. On the basis of the “running head” type, they braid their “long hair” into thin braids and curl them up in a “tentacle” shape; they can also comb them into a “football” or “mango” shape first, and use the ends of their hair to braid a flower or something. planted to the top; or combed into a column, and branched in the middle, and continued to form a typical “cactus” shape; or simply a “shooting cannon”, straight, thin, such as a TV antenna, piercing the sky … a variety of shapes, dizzying and breathtaking.
  When I first saw black women’s “running head” hairstyles, I thought they had both curly and straight hair. One day, I asked a brunette employee in the store to pluck my hair and give me “research”. With a thin twist, she pulled off eight or nine strands of hair. These hairs appear straight at first glance, but on closer inspection they are curved, thin and brittle, and easily broken. Through chatting, I learned that the hair on various parts of the black body is either curly or curly, which is roughly the same. Unlike us, a hair that falls off the body can be determined by its length, thickness, straightness, color, etc. to determine where it was born. For blacks, strictly speaking, pure blacks do not have straight hair.
  However, in major cities in Africa, even through the TV screen, it is not difficult to find many black girls with long flowing hair and even blonde shawls, which is really incredible. So, how did this “hair” grow?
  It turns out that in some streets or large markets in towns, there are many shops and stalls selling braids. It is full of foreign goods – from oriental women’s hair to western women’s blond hair, from long hair fluttering to curly blond hair, strips, strands, and sets, you rarely see them in the monopoly of foreign goods. The figure of foreigners patronizing, the target customers are all black women. In Africa, many black women wear wigs and braids, which have been part of their daily life for a long time. I’ve never seen white or yellow women with black curly hair in braids, but white and yellow hairstyles have been reproduced on black girls’ heads and multiplied into other types. For example: they bought blond braids, tied them into ponytails, untied the thin braids from the back of the rubber band, fixed them into a circle, and the back half of the braids hung like a spring, bouncing up and down, very smart and beautiful.
  The “curly hair” and “running head” hairstyles introduced above are the most common authentic hairstyles for black women. Based on these two basic hairstyles, other hairstyles can be woven, and they can retain their variety. It can also be braided with wigs to make various hairstyles of oriental or western people. Of course, if they are willing, they can combine “earth” and “foreign” to develop new hairstyles, but when I see some creative hairstyles with peculiar designs and exquisite designs, I still get excited and regard them as artistic enjoyment.

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