June 22, 2008
Cornrow hairstyles originated in Africa a very very long time ago . The descendants of Africans who live all across the globe (fyi: blacks were in America waaay before the slave trade & ( the diaspora) have created new and innovative styles to the practice. Just like African art and architecture , cornrow hairstyles show the use of four geometric concepts: translations, rotation, reflection, and dilation.
"Hieroglyphs and sculptures dating back thousands of years illustrate the attention Africans have paid to their hair. Braids were etched into the back of the head of the majestic sphinx."
Cornrow hairstyles in Africa also cover a wide social terrain: religion, kinship, status, age, ethnicity, and other attributes of identity can all be expressed in hairstyle. Just as important is the act of braiding, which transmits cultural values between generations, expresses bonds between friends, and establishes the role of professional practitioner.Source