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    I like some half braided hair.




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    I have worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. I have alway worn my long naturally blonde hair in french braids. Braids are a very practical and beautiful hairstyle.

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    My hair is naturally kind of fluffy and full, it gets in my way during the day. When I can't style it and thin it out I always wear it up in a braid or braided bun. I've worn it that way since I was very little and have never outgrown wearing braids! Here is my favorite style of braiding on me.

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    I also love my hair to be very straight and smooth and then do two tiny braids on the side like this girl has.

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    I just think Germanic braids are soo beautiful. When some people see me with braided hair, they seem to dislike it because it's a part of Germanic culture. Have any of you gotten this reaction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeternitas View Post
    A hairstyle for Germanic males was the Suebian knot.
    Yes, the intact hair on the skull in my avatar is fashioned in the Suebian Knot. This is a photograph of a decapatated skull that was found in a Danish bog dating to the 1st century B.C. The Suebians were a powerful confederation of German tribes and this hairstyle was standard among their warriors. The hair style symbolized their fearlessness and willingness to die in battle. It was a common practice at the time to decapitate fallen enemies and to keep the head as a trophy, therefore the looped knot of the hairstyle made carrying and displaying the decapitated head easy. Apparently, according to Tacitus, the hairstyle became popular among youths throughout Germania, much like mohawks and shaved heads are today.

    Personally, I am afraid I lack the head of hair neccessary for braiding, however, I have grown my goatee out quite long over the winter and I occasionally like to braid it when I am going to be doing anything active or athletic. I have to admit that I sometimes like the nervous reactions I get from people with the braids, but I hate when people are scarred of me for no good reason, so I usually avoid braiding unless I am in a bad mood. Then I call them my "war-braids". lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    I just think Germanic braids are soo beautiful. When some people see me with braided hair, they seem to dislike it because it's a part of Germanic culture. Have any of you gotten this reaction?
    Hmm, I got a reaction when I was having my hair braided from a colleague who said the classic type of braiding is outdated. But she suggested me to try some Afro styles instead. No thank you, I prefer the outdated style.

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    This thread is really good. And those websites listed are also interesting. I'm going to try some new braiding styles when I'll have time and when I'll also be in the mood for it.

    I used to wear my hair in two pigtails braids, when I was in primary school... even if most of the girls were 'trendy', and I was 'old-fashioned'... (I had, and still have sometimes, the same 'problem' with being considered 'old-fashioned', or 'outdated', but I just don't care)

    I like to braid my hair from time to time, and I think it's also practical... I either leave my hair free, or braid it, totally or partially. I braid my hair especially when I travel... and I usually braid it myself.

    I am not sure if that's French or Dutch style, and I also couldn't find better pictures, but here's how I usually braid my hair when travelling:

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    Profile view... it looks messy, after several hours of hiking, at about 37 Celsius degrees, isn't it?

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    I guess it looks more like the Dutch style...

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    Maybe this image is clearer...


    I think some styles of braids look good on men, why not?


    I would like to try the Cascade


    and also the Buns



    And I just learned how to make the Rope braid.
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    Okay, this is a very exciting thread for me. My hair is down to my rear, so I always keep it braided in a single braid because it otherwise becomes tangled. But, when I saw all the beautiful pictures in this thread of Skadi members, and other outside images, I was impressed, and instantly started getting some big plans!

    I sent some pictures to my sister, and asked her if she would help me do some of the more interesting braids, so hopefully she will. However, some of those braids look so complicated, I may have to get both my sisters and my mother, and possibly my niece to help!

    I don't know if I have enough posts to upload images yet, but if I do, I'll try and upload the results, if they turn out decent enough.

    Thanks for a good thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prochronism View Post
    Okay, this is a very exciting thread for me.

    Thanks for a good thread!
    I completely agree with this sentiment! The pictures posted in this thread are beautiful and inspiring. I also have very long blonde hair and although I wear it loose and natural most of the time, I do love putting braids in when I am going somewhere special. I prefer the braids crossed or circled around the head, but I do sometimes wear pigtails. You need a bit of a sense of humour when wearing these kind of styles around my town though; it's not uncommon to get "Heidi" yelled at you by local kids, or followed around by men who can't believe a woman actually has a feminine hairstyle

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    Lately, I've seen many Germanic females with a braid on one side, like this:



    Supposedly it's a 'trend,' but I don't think it looks too bad.




    I also think a braid like this is beautiful:



    It looks like a crown on the head of a noble Germanic goddess.

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    I wear my hair in braided pigtails at least once a week. I've actually started wearing them to bed because it looks really nice when you wake up and take them out. Although sometimes I get "comments" about how I look like Pippi Longstocking (I do not!) because my hair is red. I've always wanted to try other braided styles but I'm not very good at doing my own hair.

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