I’ve always wanted to learn how to braid my own hair. It was one of the necessities of being a black young woman with textured hair that I always found difficult, yet interesting. Seeing other black girls around me who had experience braiding, and sitting in a chair for hours at the African hair braiding salon increased my desire in wanting to learn how to braid. There were two main styles that I wanted to focus on for my project: cornrows and box braids. I started out first practicing on my mannequin, then practicing on my sister and myself. It took a lot of practice, and I will continue to practice now that the project is over, but I am so proud to say that I can now braid. My project also encompasses cultural appropriation and the history of African hair-braiding. These styles are not just hairstyles, they encompass black beauty, black excellence, and black history.