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A braidery is more than just a shop where you get your hair done:it is a spiritual space, a meeting place and a cross-culturalintersection, and the site where the past and present are woventogether and traditions come alive. Duyan James, a Liberian nativewith a braidery in Washington, DC, presents a colourful,fascinating and gorgeously photographed guide to the art. Completewith stories, folklore and traditional hair care secrets, Hairtalkprovides a full sense of the history of the many braiding stylesthat have become a staple in American culture. Pore through 51styles for adults and nine for children - including some withsynthetic and natural extensions - and learn all of the basicbraiding techniques. But most importantly, James and her 12 Africanbraiders from all over the continent provide a compelling accountof the tribal meanings and ritualistic uses of each unique look,expanding the value and significance of braiding beyond merefashion.
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