Braids are back: Are your girls wearing them?

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Braids are back in a big way and I am wondering if they have hit Georgia schools yet. The Associated Pres found that across the country salons are offering braid bars for about $30 a braid.

Why are they popular now? One salon owner suggests it’s because of “The Hunger Games” character Katniss, who wears a signature braid.

From AP:

“CHICAGO — A staple of the stylish grade-school set, braids have moved from the playground to the red carpet and now, local salons.

Salons from Los Angeles to New York and cities in between are weaving “braid bars” into their services, offering special menus of different braid styles for a fixed price.

Danielle Maddox, 25, a Chicago personal trainer, made an appointment at the Braid Bar at Maxine salon for a look to transition from work to a date night with her boyfriend. Stylist Cliff Freeman, who incorporates techniques from crochet and knitting classes into braids, twisted Maddox’s hair into three French braids for a polished, finished look.

“It’s nice to have a cute, low-maintenance style I can have for a couple days,” Maddox said. “I can sleep on it.”

Owner Maxine Kroll started offering the service in June after clients kept asking for braids. She transformed the retail area inside the salon’s front door with a sleek white table and silver sign for her “bar.”

Small containers on the table are filled with bobby pins, hair clips and rubber bands and sit next to hair spray and combs. A menu offers cord braids, French braids, waterfall braids and herringbone or fishtail braids.

Each service is $30, and clients are out of the chair in 30 minutes or less. The goal is to make a braid a fashion accessory, like a woman’s shoes or purse, Kroll said.

“We can’t escape it,” she said. “It’s in fashion. It’s in Hollywood. It’s in every magazine. There’s going to be a braid in everything we look at for a while.”

Starlets like Rihanna, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Lea Michele and Scarlett Johansson have been spotted recently sporting braids. Perhaps the most influential trendsetter, however, is “The Hunger Games’” fictional heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who wears her hair in an intricate side braid throughout the film that was a huge springtime hit.

About a half-dozen dedicated stylists do between 40 and 50 braids a week at John Barrett Salon in New York. The salon opened its braid bar in June 2011 and offers a menu with nine braids. At first stylists at John Barrett thought the braid was just a fleeting trend or easy summer style, but then it blew up, salon spokeswoman Jenna Goldate said.

“Now we’re really seeing it everywhere,” Goldate said. “Everybody started to wear braids in more modern and different ways. It’s not your traditional braid. It’s a modern take on it.”

Ivy Salon in Greenville, S.C., launched its braid bar the opening weekend of “The Hunger Games” in March. “The kickoff really and truly was ‘The Hunger Games,’ the Katniss braid, but I think that was just a rejuvenation of interest in braids,” salon director Jayma Carter said. “It’s taken off.”

Are you seeing braids at your schools yet? If so, what grades? Is it high school or the younger kids? Is it easier to maintain? Keep them cool? Why do your kids want the look?

36 comments Add your comment

catlady

August 31st, 2012
7:03 am

In my school (grades 2-4) many of the Latinas come to school with beautiful braids and other special hairdos. Nothing inappropriate, but you know it must take mama 20 minutes at least to do it every day!

anne

August 31st, 2012
7:40 am

Braids never left. Perhaps the media is paying more attention?

Holden Caulfield

August 31st, 2012
7:51 am

Read an article….. cut, paste – write only a few sentences – finalize your blog and make money. I want to take her class. Blogging is hard work.

Jeff

August 31st, 2012
7:52 am

I think it’s great. It’s a very “no down-side” trend compared to some things. Anything like this that helps kids discover who they are, what works for them, what doesn’t, etc is a good thing.

And if a boy wants to do funky things with his hair while still a kid, go for it.

It’s just hair. It’s not permanent.

Belle

August 31st, 2012
7:52 am

I’ve braided my daughter’s hair for years. I agree anne…the media is just paying more attention.

DettafromATL

August 31st, 2012
7:53 am

My granddaughter loves braids and not the quick easy styles. She likes ribbons intertwined with her braids. Some mornings it takes 10 to 15 minutes to do her hair.

RJ

August 31st, 2012
8:12 am

I’m sorry, but when did braids go out of style? In the Black community, braids have ALWAYS been in style. Surely this must be a white thing…IJS

Mayhem

August 31st, 2012
8:25 am

I’ve worn braids for years. My favorite is the reverse french braid. Hard to do on your own hair, but I’ve got years of practice. When my hair was longer, I wore two braids, Indian style…..

FCM

August 31st, 2012
8:28 am

Mine decided to put color in her hair…I told her ok. It is a “punk” color in a stripe on one side. Like others said the braids never went out of style.

I do think the more elaborate ones are gaining attention due to Hunger Games in the same way Bun’s became popular due to Star Wars.

***

August 31st, 2012
8:38 am

Agree with RJ….persons of color have worn braids for years and now all of sudden it’s suddenly “in”? Typical.

***

August 31st, 2012
8:42 am

Sorry….”persons of color have worn braids for years and now they are back in style? Typical” fast fingers this morning.

Tom

August 31st, 2012
8:44 am

1 Timothy 2:9

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with modesty and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

Harlots! :-)

DB

August 31st, 2012
8:49 am

My daughter worked as a server this summer, and loved going to work with different braided styles. Kept her hair neat and out of the way. So, even at 21, I’m still braiding her hair!

I'm with Jeff...

August 31st, 2012
9:01 am

…about 15 years ago my SON wanted to attend our family reunion with his hair in braids – now you have to understand that my family is really, really straight. I said “have at it”.

During the party my eldest aunt, who was about 85 at the time, asked who that “strange” kid was. Then she called me over and said that once she learned that he belonged to me she knew not to worry. The son is now referred to as Dr., as in M.D…God rest my aunt’s sainted soul…

Becky

August 31st, 2012
9:01 am

Like others, I didn’t know that braids went out of style..Until I got my hair cut short, I always wore braids …

Techmom

August 31st, 2012
9:19 am

I love braids but I do think they went out of style for adult women. I’m happy to see them back. I cycle and have long hair so I’ve always continued to braid my ponytail while cycling just to keep it out of the way and so it doesn’t get tangled.

I don’t know about the comment in the article about being able to wear a braid for 2 days though… unless it’s corn rows (I’ve had those too & loved them), there’s no way I could sleep on a regular braid or two and have it look good enough the next day to leave in.

Kat

August 31st, 2012
10:01 am

It’s so sad really – how Georgia hasn’t felt the “hit” of the braid yet. We are always so backward in our trends, aren’t we?

Hint: Brai ds never left. Let the kid sleep in a few more minutes, or become a braider (which isn’t a real word according to my computer) – I know what I choose.

Also, when it says it is a “Braid Bar” I thought you would pick out a hair extension that had the same color hair that you have and attach it in some way. I didn’t realize people were actually having their hair braided.

kay

August 31st, 2012
10:27 am

@ RJ and others, take it as intended.

These styles (represented in the above pics) have NOT been used even in the black community recently. Take a look at the pics, clearly the styles DON’T represent microbraids, treebraids, etc or even the braids that I put in my own daughter’s hair each week (yes, I’m black). Before I put locs in my hair, I used to put my hair in a soft and loose french braid during bad hair days and everyone used to comment on how beautiful and feminine it was.So, yeah, THESE types of braided hairstyles are making a comeback.

Erin

August 31st, 2012
10:34 am

Braids have always been in style and girls and women have worn them for ages, but I think the focus is on them more because of movies like The Hunger Games and because women are wearing them more elaborately now. Let’s face it, those photos above are NOT necessarily the braids many of us as adults grew up with … and I mean that to include girls and women of ALL races, not just white, not just black, or Latinas or any other ethnicity.

camille

August 31st, 2012
10:39 am

Comical!.. Braids have NEVER been out of style. I think they are more acceptable in the white community now so.. they must be the new fad…

Nikki7

August 31st, 2012
11:00 am

I find it interesting about the time concern, I am black and i comb and plait my 9 year old daughters hair each and every morning 20 minutes is about the norm for us. Except in the summer when my sister braids it for me.

RJ

August 31st, 2012
11:25 am

@kay,don’t know where you’ve been, but fewer black women wear any of the braided hairstyles you mentioned. Women have discovered that African braiders will kill your hairline. Those styles were very popular say 10 years ago. The topic is about BRAIDS making a comeback, not a particular style. I just know that blacks never stopped wearing braids. I stand by my comments. This is a white thing. In our community, braids are extremely popular, the styles are just different. That makes sense because our hair texture is different. Now, what would be an interesting topic would be black women transitioning from relaxers to natural hair. I’ve been natural for 15 years, but it’s a popular trend. Of course Theresa wouldn’t know much because, it’s a black thing:).

Mayhem

August 31st, 2012
11:44 am

It’s not a cultural thing. I’ve worn braids all my life, I’m white, and in my 50’s.

Braids are not new. My Mom wore braids, my grandmothers wore braids, and we’re talking back in the 20’s and 30’s……so this is nothing new.

LM

August 31st, 2012
12:01 pm

I was in an accident a few years ago and I now have very limited use of my right arm. Which sucks since I loved wearing my hair in a french or herringbone braid. Now, I wear a simple braid or twist off to the side, more out of necessity since I can’t style my hair, the most I can do is blow dry. I am trying to teach my husband to learn to french braid my hair, he already puts it in a pony tail for me. I don’t think I would pay to have it done regularly, I have never been able to sleep on it and have it look good the next day, but maybe for a special event.

I love the detail of the newer types of braids, and would love to be able to do them on my daughter’s hair.

Fetus Breath

August 31st, 2012
12:47 pm

Wow….The depth of this blog is amazing……..I see a Pulitzer prize in your future!

ho hum

August 31st, 2012
12:47 pm

This is a pointless topic, as most intelligent posters here have stated.

Bernie

August 31st, 2012
2:53 pm

Braiding of the Hair by African Americans MALE or Female in a predominately White environments like the work place , school, and social settings brings on Negative comments and actions “WHITES” who are around them. This is an ISSUE many have endured over the years. Many of US find this story ODD and VERY STRANGE. When WE (Black & White) all know those attitudes are pervasive in OUR society.

One would have to question the Author of this article with. “WHAT ROCK HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING UNDER?”

Bernie

August 31st, 2012
2:55 pm

correction:

Braiding of the Hair by African Americans MALE or Female in a predominately White environments like the work place , school, and social settings brings on Negative comments and actions BY MOST “WHITES” who are around them. This is an ISSUE many have endured over the years. Many of US find this story ODD and VERY STRANGE. When WE (Black & White) all know those attitudes are pervasive in OUR society.

One would have to question the Author of this article with. “WHAT ROCK HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING UNDER?”

Kat

August 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

Richard Pryor once said there was a drug problem but that white people didn’t accept or recognize it until the white people came home and then THEIR child was messed up on drugs. Then they said “It’s an epidemic!” Epidemic means that white people are doing it because we are too self-centered to see beyond ourselves.

Same with drugs, this braid issue is becoming more widespread.

a_mom

September 1st, 2012
9:17 am

Why does race have to be injected into every single topic?

Bernie

September 1st, 2012
9:24 am

a_mom @ 9:17 am – When Your skin is dark in a Pale world…this is your life. everything that you do or go is measured by that rule. Its not a FUn place to be if you want to know the truth. we too would rather forget or ignore but others always remind us just who WE are to Them. Now you are paying attention and that is the only reason why you are focused.

Tiffany

September 1st, 2012
12:51 pm

Both of my daughters enjoy wearing braids. I am not a great braider, but my older daughter, who is in college is. She is great at doing the French braids, and has been wearing the more elaborate braids that were pictured. Of course braids have been around forever- but I suspect The Hunger Games has made it trendy.Also- I LOVE guys with braids…

Kate Baltrotsky

September 1st, 2012
4:58 pm

I need to learn how to braid… two girls in the house, I’m a bit incompetent!

Jimbo

September 2nd, 2012
1:52 am

Bernie is a professional victim. He endures racism daily. All whites are racist.

Bernie

September 2nd, 2012
1:39 pm

Jimbo @ 1:52 am – In Your next LIFE I pray that you return as African American born in Mississippi on the last few remaining CROP share Farms, never going to school and working from can’t see in the morning till can’t see at night and pray that the owner
of that Farm looks and sounds like YOU!

dd

September 4th, 2012
2:31 pm

Good grief Bernie, let it go. Did you work on a share croppers farm? I didn’t think so and would bet no one you know did and that’s the problem. Most whites don’t notice skin color unless their in their 70’s. It’s a thing of the past but there’s always some like you that thrive off of creating conflict and racism. Just grow up, your kids and their white friends don’t notice any difference so neither should you.