Why is a french braid called a french braid?
The French braid is a hairstyle that originated in North Africa and later adopted in France. The misnomer "French" may possibly be traced back to an 1871 short story from Arthur's Home Magazine. A fiction story had a line that read "...do up your hair in that new French braid."
It's mentioned in an old magazine but the real inventor is not known. It is believed that an 18th century French hair stylist invented the French braid.
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