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The Evolution of box braids

Box braids didn’t become popular until the early 80′s when the GOAT Patrice Rushen took to the R&B and jazz scene

But at the time, they weren’t really called “box braids.” They were individual braids inspired by North African cultural aesthetics, especially Egyptian. However, box braids have their roots in our home region, West Africa as well.

Early on, you saw a peep of these beautiful, intricate hairstyle in the late 70′s from the female singers in Oddysey and S.O.S. Band

I believe both singers from these bands appeared with these hairstyles in the year 1977. So box braids have been here in African-American culture for a LONG time. It just didn’t really become a fad until the early 90′s because before then, these hairstyles were looked at as “trippy” Afrocentric hairstyles that artists would wear to get in touch with their African roots. The 80′s was a time where a lot of African-American artists’ fashion were inspired by West and North African roots.

 At the turn of the decade, you began to see box braids become more mainstream with Janet Jackson, Naomi Campbell’s ethereal ass, rapper Yo-Yo, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Then in the mid 90′s, Stacey Dash makes braids en vogue by sporting the famous look in Clueless.

All the middle to upper-class girl caught on to box braids because of this but who should really get credit is the incomparable, Brandy Norwood!

Ask for “Moesha” at the hair salon, and it was say no more.

Mariah’s white-passing ass tried them on for size in her Thank God I Found You remix video and they looked dope!

And then here comes sexy stemme Alicia Keys bringing back our great-great-great North African ancestry in 2001

She made cornrows cool for all the black girls in grade school!

And I almost forgot! Beyonce really made kinky twists hot in the early ‘00s as well

Always looking like somebody’s cool redbone cousin rollin’ up at the family cookout 

Then Christina Aguilera tried to join in on the fun, but we said, “Nah, sweetie. You Latinx but you not afro honey. But you look cute sis”

*fast forward to several years later*

Unfortunately, box braids were no longer as popular as they were in the early ‘00s. Bad, synthetic weaves dyed a tacky brown were in from 2004-2008.

But in early 2013, box braids had a revival!

Thank you, Keri Hilson! You may not be shit, but you did that thing! I always said you was my hair-fashion icon tho. I can’t stunt on you.

We had Zoe Kravitz make braids cool for the edgy, sarcastic and loner black girls like me!

Soon, we saw so many pictures of black girls modeling box braids on Tumblr and Instagram!

Solange soon rocks these braids because she’s hip and poppin’

Then Christina Milan being Afro-Latina, she had to get in on this

Even Tia or Tamera

Soon, these 90′s R&B girls came back for a reunion with their beautiful, braided locs!

We all saw Ayesha Curry try to butter up to the black female community by taking an adorable selfie with her mama 

Now we got Instagram models and actresses making braids en vogue!

(Babyhairs aren’t mandatory and I recommend women with type 4 hair to get these styles. If you are under, I wouldn’t keep these in for very long)

So now box braids are everywhere, and they are the go-to for a black girl’s protective style, especially if they have my hair type! But anyone who is black and of African descent can wear them. You don’t have to have tightly-coiled hair to wear these, but they are what the styles are intended for since the hair is apt for them. 

 And notice something else; none of these styles were coined or invented by white or non-black women. They were all made and adorned by black women. And Patrice Rushen is the Godmother of protective styles. Don’t whitewash these!

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Bf! Ten

  • Ten Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul
  • It took you a week to get his name right
  • And now you can’t get it out of your head
  • You met Ten at a concert, oblivious that this event was going to change your life
  • Because now Ten isn’t just your life, he is your future, your shining star, the only reason you wake up in the morning
  • You were so excited to see Ed Sheeran, it wasn’t the first time but this time you took an extra hour getting ready, making sure your hair looked perfect for the event and that you outfit was classy and sexy
  • You had not expected this gorgeous human to be there so as you goofed around with your friends and sipped on your drink, he just stared at you
  • It was just a glance at first and then several glances until he was gawking at you, his gaze refusing to detach themselves from you
  • As the lights went dim and the stage lit up you excitedly jumped and he giggled at you, marvelled by your captivating beauty
  • You turned around to find the source of the laughter and there he was, with his friends smiling brightly at you. You blushed and looked away, not used to such attention
  • During the whole concert you both sneaked glances at one another until ‘Thinking Out Loud’ came on and instead of focusing on the performer you both looked at each other. It was like time stood still or something, you couldn’t seem to look away
  • He waited for you outside the arena, looking everywhere to find you and then smiled when he saw you approaching, looking lost and delving for someone and then your eyes met
  • You both exchanged numbers and let me tell you, you weren’t able to sleep that night. You kept on smiling at his cute gestures and how shy and smiley he was
  • Your first date was in a coffee shop and it was such a laugh. Both of you clicked so well and he held your hand so tight and kissed your cheek as you left
  • He became your life before you even knew it and you grew more in love with him as time passed
  • He loves the fact that you’re shorter than him (if you are) and hugs you really tight
  • And his hugs are a mixture of cold and warmth and love and he smells like heavy musk and you often find his scent on your clothes
  • His kisses are really soft and pure and he holds you by the hips and brings you as close as he can, wanting to hold more of you and attempting to make both of your bodies one
  • Texts you a lot and his texts are always so excited and cute with so many emojis and memes
  • Has the ugliest picture of you as his screen saver
  • takes a lot of pictures of you while eating, sleeping, studying
  • He just loves your face when you’re doing something important, oblivious of how you look
  • He takes so many selfies with you when you go on a date
  • Loves having you sit on his lap, but loves it more when he sits on yours
  • Plays with your hair and comments on how soft it is and asks for the name of your shampoo
  • rests his head on your shoulder and holds you by the waist and dozes off
  • Like a child
  • gets worried when you’re sick and brings you all the healthy soups and medicines even if they’re irrelevant 
  • “ten this is birth control, are you hinting at something”
  • makes sexual jokes without meaning to
  • Like if you dont want to eat something he’ll be like “Im gonna shove it down your throat!” “Oh wait no sorry i didnt mean it like that”
  • playfully smacks your bum and acts all cute when you get mad at him
  • Back hugs you a lot and sniffs your hair
  • “Ten I can’t reach the container, can you get it for me?” “HA SHORTY” *Calls Johnny for help*
  • Johnny is your best friend and y’all are the best buddies and he’s always hanging around with Ten
  • But sometimes you feel like a third wheel and get really quiet and Ten immediately notices it and includes you more
  • going out for smoothies late at night
  • cute movie dates
  • going for shopping together and him giving you fashion advice
  • “Of course you need me, I’m the ultimate fashion icon”
  • aesthetic couple pictures at expensive af stores
  • exchanging couple rings and him being so cute about it
  • he acts like you’re already engaged
  • couple piercings and he held your hand while you were getting the needle pierced into your cartilage
  • “see it wasn’t that bad” *drying away your tears”
  • holding your hand everywhere you go and then plants a kiss on your cheeks randomly
  • looks away as if it wasn’t him and you smack him cuz its too public to be sneaking kisses
  • holds your hand under the table when you’re out with your friends
  • “How do I look today Ten?”
  • “Not like me”
  • catches you off guard by suddenly speaking to you in english and gets all smug about it
  • hanging out in his practice room and watching him dance
  • and then joining him and him just staring at your ass the whole time
  • still can’t believe you’re dating him
  • has you as ‘my girl’ in his phone
  • doesn’t get jealous easily and is friendly with all your guy friends
  • always so cheery around you
  • whenever you’re having a bad day, he’s always there to cheer you up
  • so sensitive and cries often 
  • especially when you two fight
  • apologises after ten minutes of fight (see what i did there?)
  • works rlly hard but always makes time for you because he loves you
  • so cringy it hurts
  • wants to be next to you 24/7
  • “Ten I’m going to the bathroom”
  • “But stillll”
  • kinky
  • knows ur weaknesses and loves to exploit them
  • like touching you when he’s not supposed to be
  • running his hand ghostly over your thighs and then grabbing them gently and giving you a lustful look
  • but then if he’s horny he can also be clingy and petty
  • rough in bed, has a daddy kink, and loves it when you yell out his name
  • “errr babe, why am I not “king of thailand on ur phone”
  • calling you baby really slowly and then smiling bright
  • so cute you want to kiss him all the time
  • listening to ed sheeran to relax
  • laying on the grass and star gazing with your head on his chest and him gently stroking your hair
  • and sometimes he sings as well and often finds you sleeping in his arms
  • warm cuddling sessions which results in you not wanting to leave the bed in the morning
  • couple shoes
  • couple bracelets
  • couple lock screens
  • has a picture of you in his dorm room
  • talks about you all the time and his family knows everything about you
  • going on a trip to thailand and exploring the culture with him
  • “bet you cant take all that spice”
  • eating competitions
  • kissing competitions
  • You both end up in a laughing mess
  • you were glad you went to that concert that day
  • cuz Ten Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul is your everything

A/N: I was listening to Thinking Out Loud while writing this and I think Ten fits the song perfectly??