As mentioned earlier, women today wear their hair much shorter than in eras of
the past. Even the long hair styles of the modern woman would be less than half the
length of what would be considered "long" in ages past. Furthermore, modern styling
techniques and advanced understanding of the chemistry and physical properties of
the hair allow modern stylists to create varied and attractive styles that last without
hours of weaving, twisting and binding the hair into elaborate braided patterns. It's
because of this that most of today's braiding styles are much simpler on the whole than
in previous times. It also accounts for the fact that the basic styling techniques like
braiding have been relegated to use on young women and girls for whom chemical
services and high-maintenance styles are unsuitable.
Just remember, if your hair is long enough for a braided hairstyle, you shouldn't
be afraid to wear it. These styles can be functional as well as flattering, and can serve
you well in a wide variety of situations. Do your homework and look at the many
intricate styles available in braids and go for it. You will be pleasantly surprised.