Braids Day Celebration!

Sunday, July 29 OMhh Presents:



International I Love Braids Day +
Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn

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Braids Made History!

July 29th is officially International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn by Prolamation from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. This day is “A joyous occassion to celebrate and honor the history and intricate design of braids as a culutural and artistic expression of beauty.”

Let’s Celebrate!

Join us to celebrate International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn for a magical day of braids, braids and more braids from Africa to Brooklyn.

To honor this historic occasion we’ve curated the Industry’s baddest Braiders to present culture, design, history and beauty on the runway.

Cheer-on the flyest hair shows including the 1st ever “50+ & Fabulous Models.” Pose with live braided mannequins. Get your cameras ready….participate in the flyest “Instagram Braids Walk.” Salute the IILBD award for notable contributions to the advancement of Braids!

Be informed – check out the Braids History & Culture Tent. Visit our Village for an unforgetable shopping and food experience. Dance, dance, dance, to hyped Afro-Caribbean beats (live DJ). Play games, win prizes, and so much more.

All invited. Family event. *FREE, Sunday, July 29th, 11am – 5pm

Restoration Plaza Outdoor Concourse, 1360 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

A or C train to Nostrand Ave, B25 to Fulton & New York Ave, B44 to Fulton Nostrand Ave.

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Don’t Miss Hair Historian- Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka Psychologist. Educator. Hairstylist What is PsychoHairapy? Listen & Learn how our hair, heritage and health all conncect.

Share Circle
with IILBD + BLCB Founder Debra Hare-Bey

Q. What was the inspiration for International I Love Braids Day?

A. My inspiration came from my passion, love and respect of Braids. I completely understood and adored the unparalleled culture and rich history braids represented. As a Master Pioneer Braider, it was important to create a lasting, proud legacy centered around every aspect of Braids and the talent of the Braiders. It was equally important to highlight the obvious- Braids are beautiful glamorous, attractive and all the other complimentary terms used when describing untextured hair. I am sure- YOU would agree with me, Braids are worthy of a day (International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn) in HISTORY!

From idea to fruition, how long did it take to plan IILBD + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn?

A. It’s been over 10 years in the making.

Q. Describe the day you received the Proclamation.

A. Glorious! It was everything and more that I dreamed and planned. I could not believe It was actually happening- it had come to fruition. A day not just for me to openly love and celebrate my craft but a day the entire community near and far could officially celebrate Braids. World here we come!


  • International I Love Braids Day + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn is *FREE. RSVP is suggested to receive gift bag (while supplies last) and access the curated festivities. Restoration is open to the public so all are welcome. *Restoration Plaza has limited space so register early.Tickets will go quickly. If you can’t attend and you registered, give your confirmation email to your replacement.
  • Shop, Eat, Enjoy…. we have so much more than vendors. Each one of our mini boutiques are the best artisans, designers, jewelers and more. The food options are simply delicious. No need to pack a lunch you’ll need your hands free for all the dancing.
  • International I Love Braids Day (IILBD) is an official day of celebration by Proclamation and will ALWAYS be celebrated on July 29th.
  • Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn is the fun, interactive, *FREE outdoor celebration of IILBD when July 29th falls on a weekday. Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn will always follow the first day of the weekend following July 29th.
  • Does International mean this Celebration will travel around the world? Yes! IILBD + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn will travel. IILBD + Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn is officially July 29 and will maintain that day around the world. IILBD + BLCB will also include the name of the host city, state, country, continent- Ex: Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn/MD, Braid Love Celebration Brooklyn/Sudan, etc.


The Very First IILBD + BLCB
I was so proud!





Ask about brand exposure with International I Love Braids Day + Braids Love Celebration Brooklyn. Do you have a quality product or handmade item you want to be included in the coveted gift bag. Be a part of history. Apply now.. STOP… must have a professional product, well made and, this is important- The natural hair community must be excited about it. Please email with product info, website, IG page and telephone.

To be considered: You must have 50 items to be included in the gift bag. Your product will be reviewed.


We want YOU. If you would like to be a part of history we invite you to participate.

What we need….. help with everything!

♡ Setup (before event)
♡ Breakdown (after event)
♡ Check-In
♡ Gift bag distribution
♡ Coordinators/Run of show, Instagram Braid Walk, History & Culture Tent

Please send an email to with your contact info detailing where you want to volunteer your services.

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Please be aware that by registering or attending this event, you grant OMhh Inc./International I Love Braids Day, its Event Sponsors, its Successors, Assigns and Licensees permission to utilize your name, image, likeness, acts, poses, plays, appearance, movements, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the event (regardless of whether before, during or after event) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed, without further authorization from, or compensation to, you or anyone acting on your behalf.

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Celebrate. Honor. History. Beauty.

International I Love Braids Day is a joyous occasion to celebrate and honor the history and design of braids as a cultural and artistic expression of beauty.

Join the official fan page for your upclose and personal view leading up to the first and all official International I Love Braids Day events. This is a journey of love, commitment and community.

The 1st event will take place this Summer in Brooklyn. Stay tuned.

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What’s A Braid Bar……


My, my, my- have Braids reached mainstream. Braids are popping up all over the place from Broadway to the boardroom and everywhere in between. Quick Braids or Braids on the go are a big trend. So the question remains, What is a Braid Bar? It is a designated area where quick, 1 or 2 Braids or simple Braid styles are offered. Think Milk Maid Braids, Crown Braid, “French Braids” (which we know from this blog are not French at all) or a number of other quick style Braids. Quick Braids may be done using extensions or just your natural hair. The word bar from Braid Bar is borrowed from the actual term bar where you sit and are served alcohol. The Braid Bar is the same concept however, you’re getting your hair braided not being served alcohol.

*The first 3 photos unknown. The last photo both styles: Braid Bar by Debra Hare-Bey @OMhh Beauty Oasis, Makeup: Kimberly Nicole

Most Braid Bars are not doing the traditional wash, condition and blow dry. You arrive with your hair ready to go. There is generally a style menu to choose from and the process begins once it is agreed upon what style you want. Braid Bar styles generally last from 1 day to about a week with care.

Where can you find a Braid Bar. Google Braid Bar with the location you desire. Call to ask about their policy. Drop by to see if it is to your liking. Another way to find a Braid Bar is by asking someone who has a Braid style you like- referral. I generally think that is the best way- referral. You still call and or stop by to make sure the Braid Bar is to your liking. Good Luck and enjoy your Braids.

What Are Faux Locs?

Faux Locs/ Loc Alternatives are a non-permanent option that strongly resemble natural Locs without the permanence of Locs. The options are Nu-Locs (braids with yarn), Geni-Loks (braids wrapped with yarn), Silky Locs or Goddess Locs (braids wrapped with synthetic hair or human hair) and Kinky Twist (twisted with Afro kinky or Marley hair). Each of these options resemble various degrees of natural Locs. Nu-Locs, Geni-Loks and Silky Locs or Goddess Locs all look like mature natural Locs. Kinky Twist resemble natural Locs in their newer stage. Each of the alternatives can be worn for up to 3 months depending on size, natural texture of hair and maintenance.

* Tyra Banks and Eva Marcille both rock Goddess Locs. Unknown photographer and stylist.

How To Maintain A Loc Alternative

To maintain healthy hair while wearing the Alternative, wash it on a regular basis (min once every 2 weeks) followed by a leave-in conditioner. Oil the scalp as needed and cover nightly with a silk or satin scarf. Also cover with a shower cap when bathing but not washing the Alternative.  Continue to use the leave-conditioner on a regular basis to feed, protect and strengthen your natural hair. As you approach the 1/2 way point, it is necessary  to schedule a perimeter re-touch to insure continued healthy hair. Remember your hairline is the most fragile part of your hair.

Loc Alternative to Natural Locs

If you decide you like the Loc Alternative, you can leave it in permanently. The grooming process would only begin after 3 months or once your new growth reaches over an inch in length (Use your thumb as your guide. The 1st line on your thumb measures about an inch in length). The grooming process is recommended to take place monthly until the new growth transitions into mature Locs (fully Loced). Once your Locs have reached maturity,  you’re official- you are Loced. Once your natural Locs grow to the length you want, you can remove the Alternative. You can also opt to keep the Alternative permanently grooming when needed.  Whichever you decide, you are 100% Loced. Congratulations!

The Beauty Of Color

Adding color is a fun and beautiful way to enhance your Alternative. It is also a great way to add color without permanently changing the color of your natural hair. If you transition from wearing to keeping your Loc Alternative your color will remain so make sure to chose a color you love. If you decide you don’t want that color anymore no worries you can change it.

*For info on how to change your color with Loc Alternative check back here. Coming soon.

Written by Debra Hare-Bey, CEO Oh My Heavenly Hair (OMhh Inc.), Beauty Editor World Bride Magazine, Contributing Editor Hype Hair Magazine. 


Natural Hair Love

Mother daughter love carries over into natural hair love. Mother- Lisa Bonet rocks her Locs. They look so good I can’t tell if their all hers or a little xtra added as in Faux Locs. Never-the-less, it’s a good look.  Zoe rocks Small Individual Braids.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 16: Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Tyler Boye/Getty Images)

The two of them amplify just how much natural hair as gone mainstream. Kudos Lisa and Zoe for reflecting natural hair love ❤️

Global Beauty and Braids

Global Beauty and Braids
Beauty comes in many forms. The beauty of braids transcends culture, ethnicity and race while representing a particular era, social economic level or origin. Braid patterns or hairstyles indicate a person’s community, age, marital status, wealth, power, social position, and religion. Elaborate patterns denote special occasions like weddings or social ceremonies. Braids communicate such loud statements reflecting love or admiration of culture, activism or fashion boldness.

Traditionally in the US, beauty is perceived and welcomed in the form of straight hair devoid of texture. Globally, beauty encompasses many attributes including texture by way of braids, twist, Locs and curls. Untraditionally, the aesthetic of beauty is rapidly evolving to include world beauty. Main stream media, photographers, models and actresses clamor towards bolder, beautiful looks that reflect a new global appeal rich in culture and heritage. We’ve all seen Lupita Nylongo notably one of today’s most recognizable faces change the look of beauty. Her striking African features and impeccable sense of style command attention whether in her natural Afro or her newest glam style of Cornrows.

The Beauty & Culture of Braids Around The World
Native American Indians
When you think of an Indian, you usually imagine them wearing braids. This hair style was often the traditional style among Native American Indians. What most people don’t know is that certain tribes had their own traditions when it came to hair. In the Quapaw Tribe, women who were married wore their hair down loose while single women wore their hair in braids. Often they would roll these braids in coils and fasten them behind each ear. These coiled braids would then be decorated to attract a mate. In the Blackfoot Nation Tribe men were the ones in braids. Men wore three braids often with a topknot or pompadour. Women word their hair loose or occasionally wore two thicker braids down the front. Plains Indian men wore the traditional two long braids often seen in movies. Meanwhile the women of the Plains Indian tribe cut their hair shorter than the men’s hair. 2/1/2015

French Braids? / North Africa
French braids are popular the world over, but they certainly aren’t emblematic of France. As it turns out, “French” braids aren’t French at all. So who’s really responsible for the technique? The style’s history is much cooler (and longer) than you might imagine.
If we’re looking for the origins of modern-day French braids, the place to start is North Africa. People have been wearing the three-strand gathered plait for thousands of years, and the earliest evidence of the style comes to us from the Tassili n’Ajjer mountain range in Algeria. There, rock art depicting women wearing rowed braids dates back almost 6,000 years. In the millenia following, the style also appeared in early Greek art, particularly iconic kouros statues, on Celtic warriors and lasses, and as part of the elaborate updos worn by courtly women of the Sung Dynasty. Surprisingly, there are very few cultures unaware of French braids, making their unusual moniker even more puzzling. How could something so universal be named after a single country? Wisely, the French themselves don’t even claim the style as their own. So why are Americans so confused? We can trace the origins of this particular misnomer back to an 1871 short story from Arthur’s Home Magazine in which a rather misogynistic husband tells his wife to “hurry up and put on that new cashmere I sent you, and do up your hair in that new French braid.” Perhaps because France has always been so immediately connected to fashion and high living to people on this side of the Atlantic, any “fancy” braid would have registered as Continental. In short, although you can feel free to keep calling it a French braid, the hairstyle is actually one of humanity’s oldest and most popular hair inventions, just as much in use now as it was in ancient Sparta. They aren’t from Paris, but whatever you call them, gathered braids are unquestionably as timeless and chic as the City of Lights.
By Lacey Lattis 3/28/12

Caribbean, North, East & West Africa
Cornrows, also known as rows, braids, or canerows in the Caribbean, are a traditional African[1] style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed, as the name implies, in simple, straight lines, but they can also be formed in complicated geometric or curvilinear designs. Often favored for their easy maintenance, rows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through careful washing of the hair and regular oiling of the scalp. Cornrowed hairstyles are sometimes adorned with beads or cowry shells. Depending on the region of the world, Cornrows are typically worn by either men, women, or both. A traditional way of styling hair throughout North Africa, East Africa, and West Asia, depictions of women with Cornrows have been found in Stone Age paintings in the Tassili Plateau of the Sahara that have been dated as far back as 3000 B.C.[2] This tradition of female styling in cornrows has remained popular throughout Africa, particularly in North, East, and West Africa. Historically, male styling with cornrows can be traced as far back as the early nineteenth century to Ethiopia, where warriors and kings such as Tewodros II and Yohannes IV were depicted wearing Cornrows. Outside of Africa and Asia, Cornrows have also been worn and depicted in Europe, particularly in Greek and Roman art, and may have had a similar presence in Celtic culture. updated 2/1/2014 by Looiznation

Everything in the Indian culture happens on a grand scale. Take for example the big fat Indian wedding. Be it any region of the country – a wedding without music, dance and great food is considered a boring affair. Equally important is the wedding look for the bride and groom. The groom could get away easily with an impressive outfit. But the bride has a lot more to think about. Beyond her wedding dress, the bride has got to get her jewelry, make-up and hairdo right. When it comes to bridal wear, the lehenga and saree share the popularity. However, when we consider traditions and cultures across the country, the elegant saree takes centre stage. The variety in saree draping itself is a strong reason to choose the embellished 6-yard fabric for your wedding day attire. For jewelry, antique designs are often favored. There are brides who take the minimalistic approach too, but compensate for glamour with their make-up and hairdo. Minimalistic or elaborate, bridal hairstyles need to be well planned and executed. For those brides who take a dupatta or saree pallu over their head, a neat updo is often preferred, so that their hair does not come in the way. For the South Indian bride, a thick long braid and a head full of flowers is the usual do. Maang tikkas, hair combs and decorative pins are also used for accessorizing.
The long braid has been a bridal staple for generations – both in the north as well as south. Probably because it is one bridal hairstyle that can be easily managed and decorated. There are several options in embellishing the braided hairstyle for sarees. You can either use flowers or hair accessories like Jada and hair pins. Traditionally, the 3-strand braid is the usual hairstyle for sarees. But now we can also try the fishtail side braids, rope braids or French braids with sarees. Braided updo’s are also popular these days. You can also try a twofer hairdo with a bun at the base of your head and a long thick braid with the help of hair extensions.
By Rakhi Jerly 7/10/2014

Ancient Egyptian Braids
Multiple braids with intricate embellishments were extremely common in ancient Egypt. Much like the “Cleopatra” look seen above, wealthy women were often seen with beautiful, beaded braids that, at times, had added extensions. Although ancient Egyptians had an aversion to body hair, head hair and beards were the exception. Since beards were seen as a symbol of divinity, it is no surprise that braids made an appearance on the faces of men as well. The “common” people wore simpler braids for practical purposes (keeping their hair out of their face while working.) Much like Africans, ancient Egyptians braided styles gave clues to the nature of the person – whether they were royal or common, Egyptian or foreign, etc.

Greek Goddess Braids
During the Flavian period (79-81 CE), the daughter of Roman Emperor Titus, Julia, created lavish up-dos consisting of wire frames, twisted braids and curls. These elaborate hairstyles eventually became popular amongst wealthy Roman women and became even more dramatic in later Roman periods. The more elaborate the style, the more it indicated a woman’s wealth and available leisure time.

The Modern Cornrow
In 1960’s and 1970’s America, a much-needed Black is Beautiful movement took place, empowering African-Americans and encouraging them to embrace their cultural roots and natural beauty. Rather than using chemical straighteners and relaxers, it was more popular during this time to wear natural Afros and Cornrows like those in Africa so many centuries ago. Zig-zag braids, classic Cornrows and Micro Braids became popular hairstyles and continue to be to this day.

Braids Get Internet Famous
When YouTube launched in 2005, braiding became an internet sensation. There are currently over one million braiding videos on YouTube for literally endless inspiration. Many of the braids worn by modern ladies like yourself take root in many places from people of many times past.

In closing, hairstyles come and go but braided hair is an ancient beauty technique with a long and literally winding history that roams across countries, cultures and centuries. Braids have made appearances on the heads of men and women throughout history, indicating everything from utility to glamor, social status to ethnicity, marital status to even religious affiliation. In modern times, hairstyles aren’t quite so serious but one thing hasn’t changed: braids are cool. A quick internet search for braided hair will return millions of results and with no doubt incorporate global beauty.
The Beautiful & Amazing History of Braids by Kim 4/15/2013

Article Written By: Debra Hare-Bey Creator of International I Love Braids Day, CEO and Brand Manger OMhh Inc., Beauty Editor WBM