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

Editor-in-Chief

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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