I know braids have been super popular for a long while now, I remember something like 'braid Wednesdays' on Twitter last year, yes? But yet, I have refueled my interest in them by watching the entire season of Game of Thrones recently. Unmatched violence & unmatched hair braiding! Personally I really want to figure out how to fishtail braid my own hair.
And a little history - apparently in Europe, during the Medieval and Renaissance periods simple braids served functional purposes keeping hair out of the way of cooking and cleaning as well as to keep it cleaner between bathing.