Having been in the spotlight for years thanks to the likes of Alicia Keys, these braids are back bigger, hotter and better than they ever have. They are exquisite, distinctive and have a rich history courtesy of the Fula people or Fulani or Fule, numbering between 20 and 25 million people in total. They are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Sahel and West Africa. Most women of the tribe tend to grow long hair, this is considered a symbol of femininity and beauty.
There is a tradition that demands the hair to be split into five parts and again make them into a shape of braids and one can see family jewelry added into braids. Precious stones, valuable coins or some other decorations can also be added to the hair. As for Fulani wedding hairstyles, they usually show the most beautiful elements of a traditional look. The braids are usually styled with thin-to-medium patterns. Actually, today Fulani braids hairstyles are popular all over the world. Modern designers actively use this hairstyle and combine it with other styles.
We can see top buns, different colors of braids, various patterns and numerous beads.What makes these popular braids a winner is the fact that they can be rocked come rain or sun shine. It does not matter because your hair is protected. For some inspiration head over to YouTube for some much needed tutorials to get these styles locked. And whether you are seven years old or 55, they are for everyone. Indulge!
1) Braided ponytail
This braided ponytail has Fulani inspired braids, wooden beads and gold accessories. To get the length and color use expression braids in color 1B.
2) Double braids
Double braids are a trendy update on the Fulani braids which we absolutely love because they possess some character.
3) Braided bun
Braided buns look fun and flirty and can work on everyone. To stand out go for an ombre color and accessorize with beads for a totally Fulani inspired up do.
4) Fulani braids with afro
If you want your afro to feature all you have to do is braid the front and hold the open hair up. Remember it is not over until you pop some beads to the braids.
5) Fulani braids with open hair
If you’re not feeling the whole braids thing then do the top part and leave the rest out. You can choose to weave or crotchet the hair behind for a glam look.
For something more fun and cute, go for double buns. The key here is to use the right length of braids that can be held up without weighing your hair down.