It’s hard not to go bonkers over Ghana braids. They’re stylish, detailed, and versatile. If you think that there is one type, you’re about to be surprised by the vast varieties available. From short to waist-skimming lengths, and from beads to colored coils, there are countless ideas to experiment with.
Ghana weaving is a type of cornrows hairstyle that involves feeding in braids to make them longer and fuller. To achieve this hairdo, each braid begins small and soft. Progressively, it becomes much thicker and fuller in the middle with the addition of hair extensions until it tapers off at the ends.
From the name, you can tell this hairstyle originates from Africa. Fishbone braids first appeared in hieroglyphics and sculptures carved around 500 BC. This served as proof that Africans did pay attention to their hair centuries ago. Moreover, this hairdo appeared again during slave trade. Then, enslaved Africans wore this style not only as a way to keep their hair tidy but also as a way to express their black identity.
If you don’t call this hairdo Ghana weaving, you can call it Ghana braids, banana braids or fishbone braids. However, the major difference between this coiffure and other cornrows is how the hair extension is fed into each braid to make it longer and fuller. When this is done, it looks like there are rings adorning the braids.