Updated: Jul 3
August 8th is National Braiders Day, an opportunity for reflection, advocacy, education, and celebration of the cultural significance of hair braiding and the professionals working in the braiding industry. Hair braiding is more than a form of style, it is a culturally significant act with deep roots in many communities. Unfortunately, braiding and braiders are often not treated with the same respect others in the cosmetology fields receive and are burdened by overbearing regulation. EZBRAID is sponsoring National Braiders Day as a chance to recognize the thousands of braiders around the country for their talents, hard work, and contribution to their cultural heritage.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BRAIDERS DAY
Visit a hair braider. Professional hair braiders have had a long history in the U.S. but those who do it for a living have faced professional and regulatory hurdles. Show your support by having your hair braided professionally.
Learn about the history of hair braiding. As one of the most diverse hairstyles on the planet, braiding transcends cultures and peoples and can be a cultural touchstone for many people. Learn more about hair braiding to grasp just how important this hairstyle has been throughout the ages.
Support those looking to improve the system. There are still 13 states in which hair braiders must pay for a cosmetology license, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Join a movement to reduce these regulatory hurdles.
WHY NATIONAL BRAIDERS DAY IS IMPORTANT
It’s culturally significant. Braiding hair has a long and important history dating back tens of thousands of years. Braids can distinguish between cultures, people, religions, and even societal structures. In the U.S., hair braiding has particular significance among the African American community.
It’s a useful style. For those of African descent with natural hair, braiding can help keep hair healthy as well as provide a versatile way to dress up or dress down one’s hairstyle for different occasions.
It is a diverse style. From box braids to French braids, braids come in many different styles each with their own cultural significance and aesthetic qualities.