French braid is a type of hairstyle but ever wondered why it is known as French braid and do not have any other name. Let us study, why it is named so…
Its oldest known recordings are from North Africa and also it was depicted in art from early Greek and Sung dynasty periods. An American publication called Arthur’s Home Journal in 1871 contained a story named as Our New Congressman by March Westland. Edward Stearns is delighted, in the story that the Republican candidate he voted for has been elected to office by jingo as he’ll Get Things Done. His wife is ticked off that this guy, who ‘cheated a poor soldier’s widow and four helpless children out of their pension last fall,’ drunken philanderer and a cheater has been elected.
Her attempts at consoling her by encouraging her “hurry up and put on that beautiful cashmere I sent you the other day, and do up your hair in that new French braid…and don’t trouble your brain with Mrs. Cady Stanton’s notions anymore.” Then, in the end, she got angry and made an impassionate speech about morals and stuff. That was the first use of French braid in America in print— a single overhand braid taking in pieces as it goes along. French braid is known as “tree française” in the French language.
French braid starts with the three small sections of hair near the crown of the head which are then braided together toward the neck’s nape and gradually adding more hair to each section as it crosses in from the side into the center of the structure of the braid whereas the final result will incorporate all of the hair into a smoothly woven pattern over the scalp. Hairstyle variations are:
Dutch braid: It is also known as inverted French braid created when three hair sections are crossed under one another rather than over each other.
Fishtail braid: This type of hairstyle resembles a French twist in its smoothly woven appearance but dividing hair into only two hair sections rather than three parts.