21 Stunning Photos Of The Fulani Braids Blac Chyna's Ex's Sister Recently Tried To Wear

Black people did it first.

Hi, world! This stunningly regal hairstyle is called Fulani braids.

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Blac Chyna's ex's sister recently posted a pic wearing the hairdo, and she referenced Bo Derek, an actress who also tried to wear the style in the 1979 film 10.

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We see how that could leave some people confused, so we decided to clear a few things up.

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For starters, white people often refer to the hairstyle as "Bo braids," but this is an alternative fact. It was originated by the Fulani people, a primarily Muslim group in West Africa.

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It has taken on many variations as black women all over the globe have adopted the style, but there are some common characteristics, like bead accents, that've remained popular.

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There is usually a center braid cornrowed in the front of the hair, though this is not always the case...

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Heeeeeeeey, Teyonah Parris!

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...and you'll often see a braid or two braided from back to front on the sides.

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Fulani braids can be worn in endless ways, like in a high cornrowed ponytail...

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...and just hanging down.

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Black girls are never too young to start rocking Fulani braids, and this perfect cowrie shell–wearing queen is SLAYING them!

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Our ovaries are not okay.

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For max fullness, we may do box braids in the back.

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Or stick with cornrows all over to make the look less dense.

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For a super minimal look, fine metallic thread is where it's at.

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Of course, there's also both beads AND thread 'cause there's no such thing as doing too much or too little when it comes to Fulani braids.

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Slicking down those baby hairs is a cute look.

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But it's not at all a requirement.

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Braids in the front, Afro puff in the back, anyone? THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS!

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Should black women need to show off our striking looks, one may find accessories concentrated towards the bottom so that the focus is still on our face.

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The most consistent thing in Fulani braids, tho, is the grade-A symmetry.

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And of course, the wig-snatching, edge-plucking, life-giving SERVE of the black women who wear them!

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*Black women shaking our heads "nope" whenever someone says "Bo" and "braids" in the same sentence*

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