Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rolling with the History of the Cornrow Braid


It doesn’t take a visit to Negril, Jamaica to see men, women, and children wearing cornrow braids as their hairstyle of choice. This is definitely a welcome style as the season of heat and humidity has hit the streets of America. I couldn’t help but wonder where this complicated (for me) hairstyle came from and when.

The Long Lane of Swim Caps


I remember as a kid going to summer camp and wearing my swim cap out in the hot sun. I had quite the challenge fitting my black frizzy hair into this type contraption. Nevertheless, it was required and for good reason. Set aside the not-so-sweet smeall of rubber, latex, or silicone, the swimming cap has a “full” history of its own.