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African Braided Crowns

It’s no secret that African hairstyles and trends have made a huge impact on the world of fashion and beauty, and no surprises why. The African hairstyles worn throughout the ages have been nothing short of extraordinary, with many high-end brands trying to recreate these looks in their fashion shows, music videos and costumes and beauty editorials.

While they are done all over the world now, the African hairstyle originated in, and no surprise here either, right here in Africa. These hairstyles date back to 3500BC as hairstyles such as cornrows were found in a rock painting in the Sahara, showing that these hairstyles were popular even then.

Below are a few of the most popular African hairstyles which you may already be familiar with:

Cornrows

The most iconic African hairstyle of all time is by far the cornrow. Beyond the fact that it is the first African hair braid that was referenced in history (remember the cave painting?), cornrows are popular since they have stood the test of time and work for everyone. This intricate look can signify many different things, most commonly wealth, and status religion and even age however, in modern times, it has become more of a fashionable style with people from different cultures donning this look. Cornrows are super easy to style and can be made even more fashionable with the addition of flowers, corals, shells and even clips.

The Fulani braids

Being one of the largest ethnic groups in the Sahel and West Africa, the Fula women are known for their beautiful Fulani braids - it’s not surprising then that the Fula people consider themselves to be the most beautiful people on earth.  The Fula’s beautifully majestic, braided hairstyle is something that gets passed down from one generation to another and features a large crescent running on top of the head. This Mohawk like-look is made by braiding the hair towards a piece of leather. After, the crown is donned and decorated with shells, beads and coins.

Braided Crown - Congo

Worn by the beautiful women of Congo, the braided crown is known as the Edamburu and has even been worn by Beyoncé. This look is made up of thin braids that have been woven into the hairstyle and used to accentuate the skull by elongating it. This is a common practice of the Mangbeu people and is not only impressive but scream royalty!

Let your crown shine bright by looking after your hair

If you enjoy styling your hair in big and bold ways, then the single most important thing you can do is to ensure that your hair is strong, healthy and shiny.

The Boity Haircare range by Halo Heritage is dedicated to providing the best, high-quality hair care solutions for Type 3 and 4 hair. These products are specifically formulated for your natural hair which means that you can style your hair with peace of mind knowing that the products you use won’t cause build-up, grease or damage. The Halo Heritage range is rich in Black Seed Oil to promote natural hair growth, keep natural hair nourished, moisturised, soft and shiny all while promoting a healthy scalp.

The first step in any Queen’s hair care regime is to wash the hair with a nourishing and beautifully formulated product made with only the best ingredients. While every step in a hair care routine is equally important, washing your hair with the right product is essential for strong, healthy hair. The Boity Royal Cleanser Shampoo helps to strengthen and cleanse the hair with ease. Infused with the exotic and antioxidant-rich Black Seed Oil, this shampoo helps to promote fuller, thicker, and more radiant hair. Royal Cleanser shampoo also gently cleanses and hydrates dry and brittle hair of impurities while leaving it feeling strong, healthy, and revived. Combined with rich Shea Butter and deeply nourishing Argan Oil, the intensely nutritive formula strengthens curly and coily hair while moisturising a dry and damaged scalp, controlling frizz, reducing shrinkage and balancing moisture.

Keep your hair nourished and soft

After you shampoo and rinse, apply a generous amount of the Boity Royal Repair Conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Leave the conditioner on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing off with luke-warm water. This product is essential for natural hair as it is specifically formulated for fragile, dry and lack-lustre hair - which are often qualities most associated with natural, type 4 hair and will be a great investment if you find yourself styling your hair on a daily basis. The Royal Repair Ultra Intensive Conditioner is enriched with the healing properties of Black Seed Oil and is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help replenish moisture back into dry, brittle hair, prepping the hair for styling. We love that it, like all of the products in the range, is cruelty-free and sulfate-free and works together in perfect harmony with each product in the line, enhancing the hairs natural texture.

The conditioner also works to infuse fragile hair with vitamins that help protect the hair from heat while providing intense nourishment from the root to the tip. With the addition of moisturising Coconut Oil, this luxurious formula intensely hydrates and strengthens the hair while Vitamin E and Argan Oil help to reduce frizz and soothe a dry scalp. Royal Repair Ultra Intensive Conditioner will leave hair strong, shiny, protected, and deeply nourished without weighing it down.

Take it up a notch

Once you have washed out your conditioner with luke-warm water, seal in the moisture with the Boity Supreme Leave-in Conditioner. This condition, shine and moisture mist help to effectively condition, nourish and detangle hair. Formulated especially for curly and coily hair, the luxuriously lightweight Leave-in Supreme Conditioner contains Black Seed Oil to leave dry and brittle hair sleek and glossy. It is infused with carrier oils that pull nutrients into the hair shaft while improving the look and feel of dry, fragile hair. Whether the damage is from chronic dryness or over-processing, this product provides an effective remedy to help return hair to a vibrant, softer look and feel. Because it contains Black Seed Oil, the leave-in conditioner is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids which help to promote healthier hair, leaving curly and coily hair luscious, radiant, and easy to style. Flyaways and frizz are eliminated, hair is easier to manage, style and wear, resulting in radiant, shiny, and beautiful hair.

Hot tip - spend some time looking after your scalp

Most of the time, women with natural hair tend to have really dry scalps - this dryness also increases the more you style your hair. If this sounds like something that you are dealing with, then a vital step to include in your hair care regime is to treat your dry scalp with the Boity Luxurious Illustrious Scalp Spray. The products unique formulation is designed to ease discomfort and revive a damaged and itchy scalp. Rich in antioxidants from Black Seed Oil, the Illustrious Scalp Spray soothes, renews and restores balance to the scalp while providing much needed intense nourishment and protection. We love this also helps to stimulate new hair growth which is stronger and strengthened with incredible radiance and shine. The black seed oil in the product also helps to reduce inflammation, reduce flakiness and scalp sensitivity. We love that this product includes tea tree oil which helps to soothe an irritated and itchy scalp while preventing excess oil production.

Repair and protect

Another reason as to why you should be using products specifically formulated for natural hair is simple - they are made for your hair! One of our favourites is the Boity Sovereign Repair Serum. This wonder product is infused with the luxurious properties of Black Seed Oil, this serum encourages healing of brittle hair and provides protection against the pressure of styling. Rich in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6, Black Seed Oil nourishes fragile hair and enhances its overall strength and lustre. Combined with active ingredients like Vitamin B3 and bioactive Follicusan™, the Sovereign Repair Serum helps to effortlessly repair a tired scalp, promote and stimulate regrowth of hair, reduce excessive oil production, reduce scalp inflammation, allowing delicate hair damaged by styling to grow back healthier and stronger than before. This excellent therapy increases curly and coily hair’s natural movement while softening the hair.

There you go, the best African hairstyles for you to do and ways to ensure that your hair is soft and healthy during styling!