Today, Mexican women's hairstyles are as varied as American women's hairstyles, but there are some hairstyles that are considered traditionally Mexican. Mexican women traditionally have long hair, and because women spend a lot of time outdoors in Mexico's warm climate, traditional hairstyles reflect the culture and climate. Traditional Mexican hairstyles are functional and simple, keeping hair out of a woman's way as she works and keeping her cool.
Fixing your hair in one long braid down your back is a simple, traditional way that Mexican women wear their hair. Another way that braiding can be used in a traditional Mexican hairstyle is by parting your hair down the middle and braiding it down your back in two single braids. To braid, divide hair into three even sections. Cross the section on the right over the middle section and pull tight. Cross the left section over the new middle section and pull tight. Continue until you reach the end of the hair and tie the end with a rubber band. Decorate these simple hairstyles by adding a hair ribbon to the end of the braid or braids.
Low Braided Chignon
A low chignon is a bun that is worn at the nape of your neck. To create this hairstyle, part your hair in the middle at the front and braid your hair in one braid down your back. Coil the braid by wrapping the braid around itself so that it creates a circle, or coil, close to the nape of your neck. Secure the coil with bobby pins or combs. If you have enough hair and desire a more intricate look, wrap your braid in the form of a figure eight and secure it with bobby pins or combs as you would a chignon.
Hair worn in a bun high on top of a woman's head is also a traditional Mexican hairstyle. To create this hairstyle, pull your hair into a ponytail using a rubber band. Either wrap your hair around the rubber band and into a coil or braid your ponytail and wrap it into a coil to create a high braided bun. Secure it with bobby pins or combs. Adding flowers, real or fake, will add a traditional Mexican touch.
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Marjorie Hallenbeck-Huber holds a master's degree in language and literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and bachelor's degrees in English and international affairs from the George Washington University. For the past two years she has been an assistant editor at a book publishing company that specializes in history, military studies, and international publications. There she edited and wrote copy.