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    Posted: January 11 2000 at 9:08pm
Hi All,In the UK we call a braid that runs down the back of the head, incorporating strands as you go, a French Braid, in France they call it an Indian Braid (I have no idea if this is Indian as in India or Native American). I have seen a 'normal' braid called an English Braid and one where the strands are crossed middle to outside, as opposed to outside to middle, as a Dutch Braid. On the THLS this week there is a woman who says she wears her head in a Swedish Braid.OK my questions are these:What nationality do YOU use to name various braids?Do you reckon there is any actual link to the counties involved, or is it just a cute way to describe them?andyps I don't think even this board can flame about this issue - and please don't try to prove me wrong :-)
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I call mine a French braid but I have a question. What do you call a braid that ran along each side of the face only using two strands and then it is nicely attached at the back? I seem that one on someone in a grocery store and it was very nice.
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I have always heard braids such as you describe called "French braids," and the reversed ones -- where the strands go under rather than over -- were known as "Dutch braids."
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Judging from a braid book I bought, that sounds like a reverse roll. (The book was just called "Braids". I don't remember the author.)> I call mine a French braid but I have a question. What> do you call a braid that ran along each side of the> face only using two strands and then it is nicely> attached at the back? I seem that one on someone in a> grocery store and it was very nice.
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