Erykah Badu Dishes On Her Super Thin Floor Length Braids

Erykah Badu Braids
Photo: Andre D. Wagner for The New York Times

It’s funny…when I was watching Erykah Badu host the Soul Train Music Awards this past weekend, I said to myself, she must be wearing crochet braids.  I thought they were way too thin and LONG to be actually braided into her real hair. 

Then I stumbled upon the New York Times article on how she achieves her braids.  I am floored that she sits and actually has a stylist do them!  According to the article, on occasion she’ll employ multiple people for the job.  I’ve had extra thin twists done by a few hair braiders at a time, but I was in Nigeria where labor is extremely cheap and I kept the length moderately long.  It still took forever.

Erykah Badu Braids


Check out an exert from the article on Ms. Badu’s braids:

Around 11 p.m., Yasmin Amira Davis, a hairstylist who has also worked with Sean Paul and Janet Jackson, arrived to tend to Ms. Badu’s nearly floor-length braids, a process Ms. Badu does every two to four weeks to touch up pieces that have grown out. (The session, which Ms. Davis completed with an assistant, lasted until about 5 a.m.) “I wanted [the braids] to be as thin as the lines on your hand,” Ms. Badu said. Ms. Badu estimates that she has thousands of braids, each taking about 8 to 15 minutes to do by hand.

Ms. Badu first wanted to wear her hair in braids when she was 7 or 8 years old because she saw a drawing in a South Dallas shop of two women with very long braids that were wavy at the end. “I said, ‘I think that’s me, I feel that energy,’ ” she remembered. The shop was that of Isis Brantley, who nearly 30 years later still reguarly braids Ms. Badu’s hair.

Wow.  Read the full article here.

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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