Bec and Jeziel were all set to braid her hair on Thursday, but felt it didn’t sit right and it may not be appropriate.
“There is so much history in braided hairstyles. There is so much cultural significance…I don’t feel like, for me as a white woman, it’s not appropriate for me to do that.” So they wanted to learn more about the history of braided hairstyles.
Adele is a qualified hairdresser who specialises in braiding and dread locking. She is British African-Caribbean. Adele spoke to Bec and Jeziel and said there’s a lot of diversity within the black community. “So I can only speak for my family and my small community. Everybody has their own ways and history.”
Historically, braided hairstyles such as cornrows were worn by slaves to the church. “They had limited access to resources so they would make intricate braiding on afro hair types.” But growing up in the UK, it was a well-being activity that brought the family together. “There is more awareness about cultural appropriation. But growing up in Britain, we just shared it with any woman who wanted to have their hair done.”
Do you know a lot about the history of braided hairstyles? Let us know your thoughts by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!