Photo from the book Hair in African Art and Culture, Edit by Roy Sieber and Frank Herreman, The Museum for African Art, New York, 2000.
(right) Boy with plait
ozondato and ondengura neckband
Himba, Namibia, Africa
Photo dated: Anneliese Scherz, 1940's
The evidence of Greek writer Lucian (ca. 120–190 AD), the satirist from Samosata in his writing introduces two Greeks, Lycinus and Timolaus, who start a conversation:

Lycinus (describing a young Egyptian): "This boy is not merely black; he has thick lips and his legs are too thin . . . his hair worn in a plait behind shows that he is not a freeman."

Timolaus: "But that is a sign of really distinguished birth in Egypt, Lycinus, All freeborn children plait their hair until they reach manhood. It is the exact opposite of the custom of our ancestors who thought it seemly for old men to secure their hair with a gold brooch to keep it in place." (Lucian, Navigations, paras 2-3)

A recently discovered papyrus from Egypt informs us that Myron the Greek sculptor of the middle 5th century BC. made statues of the athlete Timanthes, victorious at Olympia in 456 BC, and of Lycinus, victorious in 448 and 444 BC.
Royal child with plait;
New Kingdom ancient Egypt
Source: V. Easy
In Egypt, the Pharaoh’s children wore a distinctive plait on the right side of the head.
braiding, twisting, plaiting, corn rolls, and reverse braiding

braiding, twisting, plaiting, corn rolls, and reverse braiding