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Top Braids picks

  1. CitiHair ExtensionsCitiHair Extensions
    502 Victoria Street, North Melbourne 3051
  2. Creamax SalonCreamax Salon
    293 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
  3. La Grace Hair SalonLa Grace Hair Salon
    147 Marion Road, Richmond 5033
  4. RINSDRINSD
    30 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 4221
  5. Studio 95 Hair & BeautyStudio 95 Hair & Beauty
    95 Balcombe Road, Mentone 3194
  6. Bailey's Hair SalonBailey's Hair Salon
    2 / 1 Bluff Rd, Black Rock, Black Rock 3193
  7. SheeqSheeq
    610 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
  8. HBA HairHBA Hair
    1171 Botany Road, Mascot 2020
  9. Dry and Tea - HamptonDry and Tea - Hampton
    425B Hampton Street, Hampton 3188
  10. Elle J HairElle J Hair
    2/553 Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100
  11. Hairy's HouseHairy's House
    4 Barkly Avenue, Armadale 3143
  12. Ulike Hair & BeautyUlike Hair & Beauty
    1144 North Road, Oakleigh South 3167
  13. Anton's Hair SalonAnton's Hair Salon
    48-50 George Street, Parramatta 2150
  14. Smooth StylingSmooth Styling
    224 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia, Bondi 2026
  15. Monroe Hair & BeautyMonroe Hair & Beauty
    Shop 220 Paradise Shopping Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise 4217
  16. House Of ZionHouse Of Zion
    Shop 5, 20 Park Rd, Milton QLD 4064, Australia, Milton 4064
  17. Blow InnBlow Inn
    Shop 2, Riverside Hamilton Harbour, 6 Harbour Rd, Hamilton 4007
  18. Dry and Tea - HighpointDry and Tea - Highpoint
    200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong 3032
  19. Shaydz Hair SalonShaydz Hair Salon
    126 Cahors Rd, Padstow NSW 2211, Australia, Padstow 2211
  20. Dry and Tea - DoncasterDry and Tea - Doncaster
    619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster 3108
  21. Raw Edge Hair and Beauty SalonRaw Edge Hair and Beauty Salon
    22/386 High Street , Northcote 3070
  22. J-Rose HairJ-Rose Hair
    444 Main Road, Noraville 2263
  23. Spencer & CoSpencer & Co
    38 Albert Road, South Melbourne VIC, Australia, South Melbourne 3205
  24. Ascari Salon - North SydneyAscari Salon - North Sydney
    101 Blues Point Road, Mcmahons Point 2060
  25. Hairline and PamperHairline and Pamper
    111 Canterbury Road, Blackburn 3130
  26. SéchoirSéchoir
    246 High Street, Windsor 3181
  27. Adorn Laser ClinicAdorn Laser Clinic
    Shop 4/172 Green Valley Rd, Green Valley 2168
  28. Eyebrow World - Southport Park Shopping CentreEyebrow World - Southport Park Shopping Centre
    7/175 Benowa Road, Southport 4215
  29. Eyebrow World - The Strand Shopping CentreEyebrow World - The Strand Shopping Centre
    108/80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta 4225
  30. Peachtree Beauty and Hair SalonPeachtree Beauty and Hair Salon
    Peachtree Walk Arcade Shop 7/78 Horton Street, Port Macquarie CBD 2444
  1. Earth To Betty Eco SalonEarth To Betty Eco Salon
    191 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  2. Frika Hair BoutiqueFrika Hair Boutique
    370 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne 3205
  3. Rokk Ebony - RowvilleRokk Ebony - Rowville
    Shop 11 / 1100 Wellington Road, Rowville 3178
  4. Rokk Ebony - MentoneRokk Ebony - Mentone
    36 Como Parade West, Mentone 3194
  5. Rokk Ebony - Melbourne CBDRokk Ebony - Melbourne CBD
    Shop 27 / 45 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  6. Ulms HairUlms Hair
    925 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  7. Rokk Ebony - South MelbourneRokk Ebony - South Melbourne
    328 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne 3205
  8. Rokk Ebony - ToorakRokk Ebony - Toorak
    442 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142
  9. Neon & CoNeon & Co
    262 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
  10. Stone BlackStone Black
    247 Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144
  11. Birdie Hair SalonBirdie Hair Salon
    553 High Street, Northcote 3070
  12. Toni & Guy - ArmadaleToni & Guy - Armadale
    1200 High St, Armadale 3143
  13. RHB SalonRHB Salon
    432 Saint Kilda Road (Ground Floor), Melbourne St Kilda Rd 3004
  14. Blow Dry Bar - Melbourne CBDBlow Dry Bar - Melbourne CBD
    480 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  15. Blow Dry Bar - Port MelbourneBlow Dry Bar - Port Melbourne
    103 Bay Street, Port Melbourne 3207
  16. Wentworth HairWentworth Hair
    Stamford Plaza Hotel, Lobby Level, Shop 1 / 111 Little Collins Street , Melbourne CBD 3000
  17. Michael Napoli HairMichael Napoli Hair
    51 Chandos Street, St Leonards 2065
  18. Jadique HairJadique Hair
    8 Doncaster Rd, Balwyn North 3104
  19. Wink HairWink Hair
    1 / 155 Macquarie Street, Sydney CBD 2000
  20. Mondoo Hair & MakeupMondoo Hair & Makeup
    2190 Gold Coast Highway, Miami 4220
  21. Wendy Ford Hair & BeautyWendy Ford Hair & Beauty
    232 Como Parade West, Parkdale 3195
  22. L.A Hair & Beauti SalonL.A Hair & Beauti Salon
    2/ 157 Bay Street, Port Melbourne 3207
  23. Cherise Hair & BeautyCherise Hair & Beauty
    111 Bulleen Road, Balwyn North 3104
  24. SOBOSOBO
    4-5/507 Main Street, Mordialloc 3195
  25. Sis & I Hair and BeautySis & I Hair and Beauty
    542 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  26. Miss Bling Beauty BarMiss Bling Beauty Bar
    425 High St, Northcote 3070
  27. Haircult Beauty LabHaircult Beauty Lab
    528 Princes Highway, Rockdale 2216
  28. Ma'viellous HairMa'viellous Hair
    70 High Street, Windsor 3181

Hair Braids & Hair Braiding Styles

Truth be told, humans have been braiding their hair - and beards - for thousands of years, all around the world. It never really went OUT of fashion but now, thanks to popular media, it is very much IN fashion.

All thanks to Game of Thrones! There's nothing like a hit TV show to start a craze, and those GOT girls have been totally rocking the braid!

Daenerys, Cersei, Sansa and, of course, Khaleesi are the queens of the braid. So much so, that women - and possibly men - have been rushing into salons, demanding the GOT look. There are online tutorials on the subject, even ticket-only workshops!

Ancient Braids

The earliest ever braid was created around 30,000 years ago. And there's proof - a figurine of a woman, the Venus of Willendorf, made between 28,000 and 25,000 BC. She appears to have braids. So, too, does the Venus of Brassempouy, made 25,000 years ago.

From then on, braids seem to be everywhere, especially during the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Many people today choose braids because they are neat, tidy, and easy to care for, and there was probably an element of that way back when also. But braided hair was also a form of communication. How a woman wore her braid depicted whether she was single, married or a widow.

The type of braid also identified what tribe you were from and your social status. We're guessing it could get a little confusing at times!

African Braids

Africa has long been associated with hair braiding, and some of the designs are amazingly intricate. Again, these were used to communicate your tribe, age, marital status, social status, wealth, religion, and more.

In some ways, nothing much has changed. Braiding was seen as a social activity, where the women and children gathered and spent hours braiding and talking. It's much the same now, except we go to a salon and probably enjoy a latte while we're there! But there is still the social element to the event.

Braids come in all shapes and sizes, from the traditional plait, to intricate weaves and cornrows. Some people believe that plaiting or braiding encourages hair growth. This may not be true, but wearing your hair in braids does protect it.

Braids Protect Your Hair

Braiding reduces everyday wear and tear on your hair, so you tend not to damage it as much. And because it isn't being brushed and combed all the time, there is less breakage. However, don't braid your hair too tightly, as this can cause damage.

This also raises the question of how long you should keep your braids in. Some experts say 12 weeks in the cut-off. After that, you should take the braids out, and let your hair 'breathe' for a while before re-braiding. During the break, it's recommended you book in for a cut and intense conditioning treatment.

Braids certainly are low maintenance, which makes them brilliant for holidays, or the beach. Smooth over a protective leave-in conditioner, and you'll vastly reduce damage done by the sun and sea. Be sure to rinse in fresh water at the end of the day and spritz regularly with conditioner.

Decorate Your Braid

There's a lot of choice when you braid your hair. Choose from box braids, Ghana braids, jumbo braids, or how about Senegalese twists? Or you might prefer partial braids, inspired by Game of Thrones.

You can also decorate your braids with braid cuffs, hair jewellery, and beads. There's no end to what you can do. And everyone will know what to get you for your next birthday too!

As with most things in life, there is a right way, and a wrong way to braid. For the best results - and care of your hair - we recommend going to a salon that does a lot of braiding. You'll find plenty right here on Bookwell.