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Top 10 Braids venues

  1. Dry and Tea - HamptonDry and Tea - Hampton

    Dry and Tea - Hampton

    425B Hampton Street, Hampton 3188
    Rating:
    (5)
    If you love tea, and a fabulous blow dry, then you must try the Dry & Tea salon. The creative geniuses also cut, colour, foil, and treat hair.
  2. Shaydz Hair SalonShaydz Hair Salon

    Shaydz Hair Salon

    126 Cahors Rd, Padstow NSW 2211, Australia, Padstow 2211
    Rating:
    (11)
    Shaydz Hair Salon, are experts in colour, cutting and styling. From Foils to balayage, Keratin treatments and upstyling, you'll find all the services you need.
  3. Bailey's Hair SalonBailey's Hair Salon

    Bailey's Hair Salon

    2 / 1 Bluff Rd, Black Rock, Black Rock 3193
    Rating:
    (3)
    Bailey's Hair Salon is dedicated to making client's look and feel amazing. The range of services, include hair cutting and colouring, and hair extensions.
  4. Dry and Tea - HighpointDry and Tea - Highpoint

    Dry and Tea - Highpoint

    200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong 3032
    Rating:
    (2)
    Dry and Tea – Highpoint is an award-winning Blow Dry Bar. The exquisite venue offers full hair and makeup services, mani-pedi, and of course flawless blow dry.
  5. Blow InnBlow Inn

    Blow Inn

    Shop 2, Riverside Hamilton Harbour, 6 Harbour Rd, Hamilton 4007
    Blow Inn, offers the best blow drying! It’s also the place to go for cuts, colour and styling for women and men.
  6. Hairy's HouseHairy's House

    Hairy's House

    4 Barkly Avenue, Armadale 3143
    Rating:
    (5)
    Hairy’s House is no ordinary kids hairdressers. They offer kids trims, cuts, braiding and blow-drying plus hair styling for weddings and other special events.
  7. Lattouf International - ChadstoneLattouf International - Chadstone

    Lattouf International - Chadstone

    B163, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Lower Ground 1341 Dandenong Road, Malvern East 3145
    Lattouf International – Chadstone is a well-regarded hair salon in Chadstone. The chic salon is conveniently located in the Chadstone Shopping Centre for all your hair needs.
  8. RINSDRINSD

    RINSD

    30 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 4221
    RINSD is a gorgeous creative hair studio. Whether you're looking for precision hair cutting or amazing colour services, you'll find it here.
  9. Raw Edge Hair and Beauty SalonRaw Edge Hair and Beauty Salon

    Raw Edge Hair and Beauty Salon

    22/386 High Street , Northcote 3070
    Rating:
    (1)
    Raw Edge Hair and Beauty Salon is a wonderfully relaxing hair and beauty salon. Book in for a cut, colour, a manicure, wax, facial or fabulous hair treatment.
  10. Elle J HairElle J Hair

    Elle J Hair

    2/553 Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100
    Elle J Hair invites you unwind while they make your hair look sensational. Providing cut, vegan colour, and blow dry style, or bridal and occasion styling.

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.