Protective hairstyles always come in handy when you just ain't feeling like combing your hair and stuff like that and whoever invented braids knew exactly what ladies need.

Over the years, ladies have found different ways to braid their hair and I must say, there are pretty creative people in this world. The most common braiding style is the box braids but other styles have been invented.

Did you know that the history of braids dates back to 3500 BC. That's a pretty long time ago.

According to , Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims, who has worked with the likes of Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lupita Nyong’o, and more traces the origins of braids back to African culture. “Braids have been impressionable throughout history. The origin of braids can be traced back —they were very popular among women.”

Over the years, braids have been given different names and if you are good with names, you can name someone's style without having to ask.

Well, I took my sweet time and gathered 10 different braiding styles that you can try out. But not all styles will look good on every lady, so it's advisable to ask your stylist for the best style.

Check out the different styles you can try out;

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