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.
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.