Ghetto hairstyles are called such, not because they sprang from the ghettos of Nazi Germany where the Jews and other prisoners of war were kept, but rather because they are styles that have strung out of the American lower class living areas, known as the American Ghettos. Such hairstyles are most often worn by the African Americans and are often alterations of what would have been considered traditional Africa hairstyles that have come over seas via the Slave Trade.
Ghetto hairstyles are most commonly noted for the extensive braids that are used to control the hair and the grease that is use to keep the hair soft in the African American community. Ghetto hairstyles have undergone a lot of transformation in the years and have become more extreme in the styles as time has gone on.
The original ghetto hairstyles were hairstyles that were brought over by the slaves during the slave trade. These hairstyles included some braiding and some tying, but since most of the slave owners insisted upon cutting the hair and making it more western, these styles were lost. Most of the records for slaves show slaves with very western hairstyles and nice half up or working hairstyles.
After the slaves were freed, the hairstyles remained very western until the twentieth century and the acceptance of the slave era. During this time, the hairstyles became increasingly African and art of braiding became very intense. Weaves and extensions also are come popular, as had other products to keep the hair soft and smooth. With all these changes, it is almost as though the hairstyles are going backward as they move forward.
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