Watch This Documentary on Braids and Appropriation in America | ELLE

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  • well, I am mexican and Lupita is stealing the name of Lady Guadalupe so she should change her names because she really isn't Mexican. What a bunch of crap!! if they don't wear braids, then they are racist and if they are then they are appropriating. damned if you do and damned if you don't.

  • Beautiful give us our credit!☻

  • if someone waves the confederate flag for reasons of cultural heritage, they should also support the message of this video.

  • The producer of this documentary is honest enough that they have committed the cultural appropriation they featured and explained on this video.

  • Where do the Vikings and their hair braiding fit in in this topic?
    Culture, values, history so important RESPECT

  • Give me a break. Style is now owned by anyone. All people should just enjoy it. Imagine people were protective of "their" foods or medicine or technology like these people are protective of corn rows. Lmao.

  • Black is Beautiful 🥰😍

  • As an African I don't get why Black Americans are so offended by the subject of hair and big lips or booty implants. They do the same thing to actual Africans… Black Americans want to wear dashikis and wear hairstyles that are inherently and originally from Africa but they barely want to be associated with actual Africans and they don't call those outfits or hairstyles by their real names either… ugh pot meet kettle, come on, such hypocrites. It's just hair at the end of the day! Caucasians from Europe were braiding their hair centuries ago – how are people so selective with their history? I think Black Americans get so overly sensitive about things that don't even make sense. Are we going to pretend that black women all over the world dont "appropriate" white culture with those wigs and weaves they put on? Haha. Come on. Focusing on such non-issues just takes away from the real problems of a community as a whole and keeps people's minds from progressing. It's like a little child who wants equality to play with everyone else's toys but every time their toys are touched they wanna say "mine"!

  • i really don’t understand why people would bully and belittle other people for their hair. when i was in middle school, i had a lab partner in science who always had super cool braids. i thought they were the coolest thing in the world. i don’t get why someone would FIRE another person for wearing their hair in braids. that’s downright racist, and honestly, they wouldn’t treat a white girl who had braids remotely the same.

  • Humans have been weaving, braiding, cutting, and otherwise adorning their hair for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s part of having bald bodies with a mass of unruly strands on the tops of our heads. Cultural marks as a practice, be they religion, politics, lip injections, tattoos, or shoes are means to the same end: a signal for bonding with those we identify as being like ourselves so we can band against those who are seen as competitors. In truth, we are all like each other.

  • I love and respect African and African American culture so much. It’s so beautiful. My great grandma was 25% black and I am pretty proud of that.

  • African Americans came to the Americas butt naked on slave boats and non of you had wigs nor braids.

  • My hair (I am a Caucasian woman) looks like “African” hair. It is very curly, puffy, thick, and easily tangled. I always see videos like “ hair struggles only black women can understand,” when I relate to every one of those “struggles.” I totally understand that people are claiming these historic braids as their own, but so many people act as if curly hair and a need for braids is exclusive to black people. I know it is historically an African practice, but other races have “black/African” hair too.

  • So I’m Jewish we have curly hair not as curly as some but I wouldn’t say kinky I’d deff say curly when I was a kid my mom used to brush out my hair cause that’s what her mom did I always hated my hair as a kid I thought why did I get cursed with this disgusting hair as I grew I learned how to style it with gel and mouse and sometimes I’d straighten and braid it when I don’t have time to do it especially because as I’ve gotten older my hair has straightened out a bit I’d say it’s 2b and if I don’t do something with it it’s just a fluffy mess not curly not straight I do believe all cultures must have had a way to take care of their hair but I think a lot of cultures when they came to America got lost I’m a European jew and I know nothing about where my family is from it’s kindof sad but true I’m glad that Africans know their culture and keep the culture alive

  • This video is so educational.. I actually still have that Sunday comb up routine to last a week. Saturday is when mom would wash grease and twist our hair and Sunday we would get our cornrow style.

  • Boxer braids is cornrows. Two straight backs isn't a boxerbraid. It kills me when non blacks rename out hair styles. They been popular and already had names. Braids mean a lot to us. I can no longer pertake in braids but I will always appreciate the beauty of.

  • Pretty sure Native Americans were wearing braids before Europeans got here and brought slaves over

  • Really interesting documentary

  • Imma 60’s baby they called em French braids

  • The amount of donkeys it take to get a head full of braids

    Only goes to show how many humans ass living in society

    Wearing other races (dna )hair alter women way of thinking

  • Guys I have a question
    I need help maybe I’m ignorant or not full aware of different cultures.
    I had a big debate with two of my colleague at work( who are not black).
    One of my colleague was doing braids on a white girl hair and called the braids duchess braids and I told her that’s the hairstyle is Cornrow because growing as a African girl and going to the hair salon I never heard of French braids ,douches braid or plait braid .
    So there for I have a question .
    Is it disrespectful for other culture who are not black to called braid or cornrow: French braids,duchess braids or plait?
    And look you straight in your face and tells you that’s you’re wrong for calling it cornrow.

  • Braids are so beautiful

  • We create everything. Not up for discussion

  • Dude the braids featured in this video are AWESOME 😱

  • Looks painful …

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  • Thanks ELLE really appreciate it and that it was so nice of you with the initial recognition including ourselves that’s so appreciated! Thank you!

  • They always trying to capitalize on what we created ugh that really pisses me off braids do not look good on the whites or dreads I don’t care what the whites think of me I will rock my nappy hair and be happy because non one of them mf pays my bills

  • Personally for me i braid my hair out of comfort. I have hair thats at least 2.5ft long so leaving it down often makes it get tangled and ponytails really hurt my scalp. Braids r truly a blessing to stop terrible hair matting

  • Lol who cares if they are renaming it. What if the inspiration came from a Grecian goddess, or a shield maiden? the Norse Vikings wore braids too, men even braided their beards.Ukraines national hair is braids with flowers. This is also very culturally rooted style in these regions.It’s not only an African American thing.Wearing braids is not a big deal. Anyone can sport them or rename them as time goes by. The world is more culturally diverse, with multicultural families, interracial children and marriages. Who the fly efffing cares?!!? This is stupid! Grow some ovaries and balls people, y’all sweat the stupidest stuff ever!

  • Bo Derek??? Lol!!!! “The oldest known reproduction of hair braiding may go back about 30,000 years: the Venus of Willendorf, now known in academia as the Woman of Willendorf, is a female figurine estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE.[5] It has been disputed whether or not she wears braided hair or some sort of a woven basket on her head. The Venus of Brassempouy is estimated to be about 25,000 years old and shows, ostensibly, a braided hairstyle.

    During the Bronze Age and Iron Age many peoples in the Near East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, East Mediterranean and North Africa such as the Sumerians, Elamites, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Amorites, Mitanni, Hattians, Hurrians, Arameans, Eblaites, Israelites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Medes, Parthians, Chaldeans, Armenians, Georgians, Cilicians and Canaanites/Phoenicians/Carthaginians are depicted in art with braided or plaited hair and beards.[6][7][8]

    Braiding is traditionally a social art. Because of the time it takes to braid hair, people have often taken time to socialize while braiding and having their hair braided. It begins with the elders making simple knots and braids for younger children. Older children watch and learn from them, start practicing on younger children, and eventually learn the traditional designs. This carries on a tradition of bonding between elders and the new generation.”

  • Good job ELLE!!! 💕

  • The problem is that POC are looked down upon as less than or unprofessional when they do their hair in almost any style besides straightening it and non POC do not get the same kind of flack. I am of Hispanic decent and me and my children have 3C hair so yes I braid up my daughter's hair often and used to keep my sons' hair buzzed short. Also I don't/didn't do this because of gender norms but because my sons wanted short hair even though I wanted to keep their hair long and my daughter likes her hair long even though I wouldn't mind the ease of buzzing it short, lol. Braiding a wiggly 7 yr old's hair is time consuming and frustrating.

  • I'm mexican and I really admire black women for embracing their culture, it has really inspire to be embracing mine and thanks to you all amazing people I'm starting to use my natural hair and learning to love it (My hair is wavy and really frizzy so I have always thought that my hair was ugly), thank you, I'm starting the cgm

  • is it bad to wear dutch braids?

  • 6:41 they’re not black…

  • Love this. ❤️✊🏽

  • Yipepo be racist because
    <shuffles deck
    <picks card
    Hair styles.😂

    " Poor kids hair is just as bright and beautiful as white kids hair. " – Joe Biden 2020

  • I am probably in the minority, I thought Bo looked ridiculous in those braids. Wrong hair, wrong color, just… wrong 😂😂

  • i grew up and still live in a majority black part of my city and braids were all i saw and knew and that was what was accepted among everyone in this area. as a lot of my friends were black they taught me i can wear my hair braided as long as i’m appreciating it and not appropriating it. that this beautiful hair style was made by black people and that the way they do it and name it can’t be changed as it’s theirs

  • Who cares, cultures come and go.U aint special

  • Is it appropriation when non-white people dye their hair blonde or chemically relax (straighten) their hair ??? When they are naturally not born that way ??? It’s crazy what when we have come to. People should be able to dye, style their hair anyway they want. I get the stealing part but who should get the credit for braids ??? Many people have had their hair braided. I love braids and many other styles. Why can’t we all just enjoy each other’s styles and differences. So sad. Before I get all the hate comments please realize I make my statements out of love. I want us all to be able to enjoy each others cultures without the controversy. I’m grateful as an African American for the Dominican people who do my hair and are kind enough to share their wonderful conditioning serums and styling techniques on my very curly locks. I hope I’m not appropriating ??? I would never want to take credit for anyone’s talents and or disrespect anyone’s culture. I love my Dominican people. So Very Sad !!! Whatever happen to “Copying Was the Highest Form of Flattery” !!! Peace & Love For All !!! No Hate Here !!!

  • Sucks that the Kardashians basically changed the name but good that it made the hairdo more accepted.

  • But are the people wearing these braids like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner the ones renaming them or is that the white-dominated media that is glorifying these styles and telling the public that these white people are the originators of these styles? Maybe Kim and Kylie should post to the public and remind them of the true origins and the people they owe these looks to and the history behind it, but I don't think they're exactly the true perpetrators of this situation. The real change needs to happen within the media and the messages the general public is receiving because there is so much misinformation being given and the stories, meanings, and history behind these looks are so important and need to be talked about and appreciated and respected.

  • I really enjoyed this video and ever since I had my first kid 20 yrs ago I've always done their hair on Sunday's

  • Being Black in America is one thing but a Black young lady in America is another we have been discriminated for the way we look ,the things we wear, the way we talk, and ESPECIALLY OUR HAIR. I understand that hair is hair d that nobody can claim a hairstyle but you have to look at who is wearing the hairstyle and why ? I am 14 and at my school non blacks like to take on black culture as if it's theirs . They wear durags, black hairstyles , and even listen to rap or r&b .This causes them to think they know how it is to be black in America . But its not . I think its OK to appreciate a culture ,just remember who YOU are and educate your self on why we do or say the things we do.

  • Cornrows style braids are very African American style and identity. Braid in general can be found in many other cultures. My tribe in Asia uses tiny one inch long braids.

  • Nothing wrong with the video, but some people do take this Cultural appropriation thing a bit to far. I’m Scandinavian (from Norway) and I wore viking braids (google if you don’t know) and apparently they look kinda similar to cornrows? A girl came up to me and started lecturing me on cultural appropriation and told me that I stole from Africans? Wtf, I wore viking braids! They’re different. She just saw braids and snapped, braids exists everywhere.

  • Im Mexican & currently have box braids & I love them 😊

  • Braids are a indigenous norms but originated in Africa. That is white supremacy who co-opted these cultures & stamp as theirs.

  • Ok so braids apparently black people posses a monopoly on them. Right. Besides they're actually called plaits firstly. Secondly all cultures historically and presently use plaits. Other non-black ethnic groups use plaits as well. Those groups use plaits to make rope, weaving, art, and yes hair styles across Asia, America's, Pacific, and Europe. But in relation to blacks in America, then this video is doing its job by opening a discussion that relates to a US context.

  • The lady in the pink looks beautiful and fresh!

  • so i think i’m stupid. i watched the video and what i got out of it was, give credits to black culture before u wear braids or any hairstyle that belongs to them?🌝 someone hElP me cjenjdsn.

  • AWESOME Video !!! 🙌 Those hairstyles at the end were some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Love it. And I learned a lot also. 🙏 💕

  • Y’all… America be having real issues. When people don’t care about their culture enough and instead snatch from others smh 🤦🏾‍♀️

  • Do you think hairstylists CARE if someone who's not black wants their hair braided?! They just want clients.
    I visited my husband home country of Ghana and saw masterful braids, one done up like a crown. Do you think if i came up and asked for braids that they would say no to the money? If course not. They would school me about it first to make sure I would want to go through it. My sister in law played with my hair but in the end knew it was going to hurt me like hell! I love her and her kids!
    I do agree give credit where its due and try something different but always love what is naturally you.

  • Got me wanting to grow out one more time before its grey.

  • Thanks for getting this out there. It was pissing me off a bit to. Tbh tho white people do look great in braids and y’all can wear them, just DONT rename them and take them as ur own. It’s are culture

  • In Ethiopia every braids style it’s has different meanings

  • Thank you for this. I literally see alot of similarities between you guys and Native Americans. It makes me proud and appreciate you more than I already did.❤❤❤

  • Braids were always globalized. Don't let racist take this away or twist it. I know this video isnt about the braids its about how for a group of people this style was demonized, but guess what… the racist lost. African American culture is awesome and shapes the global culture. Even though its not about the braids just as a side note braids are a human thing since like recorded history thats why I said it was always globalized. Per wiki: During the Bronze Age and Iron Age many peoples in the Near East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, East Mediterranean and North Africa such as the Sumerians, Elamites, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Amorites, Mitanni, Hattians, Hurrians, Arameans, Eblaites, Israelites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Medes, Parthians, Chaldeans, Armenians, Georgians, Cilicians and Canaanites/Phoenicians/Carthaginians are depicted in art with braided or plaited hair and beards.[6][7][8]

  • Thank you for educating us on culture! It is well received! 😊

  • I’m super pale and when I went to the Caribbean I had my hair braided for fun in cornrows and my scalp got burned! Anyway, braids are beautiful, but something just irks me about the Kardashians in particular, because it’s not just a style here and there; their whole look is stolen from African-American women and they don’t pay homage to the original creators; they try to pass it off as their own trend. Just rubs me the wrong way, especially the way they have monetized it.

  • I’d braid my hair everyday if I knew how and I’m white stop with the appropriation crap you don’t own a hairstyle

  • People are coming at the karadashins but like they didn't do all that all they did is wear the braids I don't agree with the headlines by calling them karadashin braids but people shouldn't blame the karadashins anyways have a great day or night love u x

  • I'm so happy I clicked on this video because I leaned so much. I'm from South Africa, born and raised. It's refreshing being able to relate to this kind of stuff as well as learn a lot. I think it's so cool to see how people who are on two different continents can connect like this, through braids and such.

  • So black people should stop wearing blonde weaves ……..

  • Culture is necessary & needed❣❣❣ …Bo Derrick on the other hand to wear cornrows as if she invented it is ludicrous😨straight up stealing 😠

  • Seriously. Get over it. Sooo stipid

  • Thank you

  • If your hairstylist didn’t have anytime in the hood or one of the boroughs…you need a new hairstylist

  • What about black people straitening and dying hair white? Who should get a credit for that kind of hairstyle?

  • ARE you listening to this ELLE? Cause your raggedy magazine and website STAY stealing our shit!!!

  • lol. Where'd the braids come from in the first place? Stop appropriating medieval european culture…..


    Oh nooooo! Im so threatened by beyonce stealing a hairstyle that JUST ISNT HERS TO OWN omg!
    Lol jk, its just a quick pop reference in the title of a tutorial to get clicks for, guess what, money!
    If I read Kim K braids tutorial I am understanding "those braids you saw on this chick once, heres how to get them". Plus, the kardashians would brand even the smell of their farts if ppl let them. Plus, everything they push happens to pass very quickly into irrelevancy, so yall giving these clowns power by saying anything they say or that people say involving them, threatens the integrity of something.
    Lets get our shit together, people!
    Have a good day.

  • It’s BRAIDS🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Americans are so proud that there society is a melting pot which I find so bizarre. In Canada we call our society multi-cultural or a “cultural mosaic” where everyone lives together peacefully while keeping our unique cultures.

  • White people (not all) say we can't claim a culture, but for us it's all we got. Everything about who we are was stolen from us. Our names, our hair, our religions, our music, our families. We were forced to create the black culture to become a people again due to segregation and lack of being seen as equal. And now we are told it has to be for you too because you feel you have some sort of claim to it? White America contently tells us that we have to look, act, have black women buy hair, sound white or "sound educated" and talk like you just to survive and make it in "your world" so you feel comfortable with our blackness but not to black. Hell I am adopted by a white family and I still get that shit. Do you know what it's like to have your mom tell you not to wear your hood up or put your hands in your pocket at the store? Or to have to carry your recipe out in the open so people don't single you out for stealing? Or to be terrified because a cop pulls you over? Or to have to code switch your voice when you walk behind a white woman after 7pm so she doesn't get scared? And then you want to rap, sound urban, dress and dance like us and tell us on here that we have to respect it because you feel we owe you that. Until you feel that and understand that, I don't feel you have a claim on anything a people created out of struggle. Don't get me wrong I want this to change, but until this systematic racism changes black people are going to feel some type of way.

  • 😅 de verdad que les gusta adueñarse de casi todo. No puedes llamar un estilo de peinado tuyo o cultural ya q todo el mundo lo puede usar. En Venezuela en las playas lo hacen y para ir al colegio también se hacen para que sea fácil tener el cabello arreglado por días 🤷 no solo es de gente de color

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  • Beautiful educated black women & men. My people.

  • Not one black person typing on youtube personally created braids , it's a weave shop every fucking block in black neighborboods

  • The average white women isn't walking around in braids, you take celebrities and cry about braids " when it's a weave shop every block in the hood

  • So are blacks culturally appropriating western clothing??? Should blacks go back to loin cloths and no bras???

  • I just love this video. I have been braiding my hair since I was a child. I liked going to African women who had shops in Brooklyn or Trenton but my braiders were better in Brooklyn than the ones in Trenton. I just love how even women of different backgrounds try braiding their hair. Other people disagree. I see braiding as an art form for black women who have special skills.

  • Highlighting the braids issue in the even bigger issue of cultural appropriation is so important. There's too much of this happening over the last years. (Ahemmmmm, Kardashians.) I don't understand why people in popular culture cannot honor and highlight where their "trend" really comes from. To re-invent something is BS, to call it something that it isn't is BS… Would you walk around in a kimono and not honor the culture in which it came from or have respect and appreciation and sensitivity for what the kimono may represent to the people of Japanese descent? Every culture has layers of strong symbolism, and honoring that strong symbolism is beautiful when done the right way. But trying to rebrand it or claim it for something of your own isn't right. I wish we weren't all surrounded by so much ignorance and insensitivity. I hope more states can catch up to where we should be!

  • My niece at 2:51 repping with her Fulani and Mandinka ancestry!!

  • Why did I get a mayonnaise add in the middle of this?

  • This is not "culture appropriation".
    It was done in africa the same way it was done in the Americas by the natives who aren't Africans.
    The Norse Vikings besides their hair.
    The oldest known reproduction of hair braiding may go back about 30,000 years: the Venus of Willendorf, now known in academia as the Woman of Willendorf, is a female figurine estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE. The Venus of Brassempouy is estimated to be about 25,000 years old and shows, ostensibly, a braided hairstyle.
    Braiding was done all over the world to anyone having alot of long hair.
    So stop saying that culture appropriate another. That's not true and it keeps building up the great divide we all suffer from…..

  • America don’t like black people, they like the black culture!

  • I'm a black woman that doesn't like seeing white women and other races in our styles either. And I hate the excuses for appropriation. But just as braids are black culture stealing is a part of white culture. They just cant help themselves. From the beginning of American history whites have had little regard for others and only what they could take from others and how another persons culture, land, humanity might benefit THEM. Angry react me, I said what I said.

  • ffs, it's just hair. Black women are always looking for a reason to complain and get all upset! They're such angry people.

  • I think its fine for other races to do these braids because that means they adore the style but when other races claim it as there own that’s not right so these people have a right to be upset.

  • White peoples hair are beautiful but i think they should stop braiding their hair trying to black not that it is an offence

  • White hair can hold cornrow braids longer than just 3 days! There might have been a few women who could only tolerate them for a few days but white hair will hold the braids for weeks to months. My little white daughters got them every time we went on vacation in the Caribbean and they would in general last for about 8 weeks. They would beg me for them and then cry the entire time it was braided! Once my oldest kept them almost all Summer long which was too long really. Both girls loved them because it freed her from having her hair brushed. When the braids were removed, their hair would be so pretty with the tiny waves that can't be imitated by any heating devise under the sun.

  • Braids aren't black exclusive.
    Germanic warriors, vikings etc braided their hair aswell.

  • Anyone can wear braids, but to wear and misappropriate them is where the problem comes in. BRAIDS ARE AN AFRICAN CULTURE, KNOW THAT. And as for Bo Derrick, this was black women's fault, letting others high jack your culture. Peace

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