The Vision: An Authentic African Hair Braiding Shop In Minneapolis

Ramatou McGraw - Proprietor of Safari Hair Braiding

It started with a vision and desire by Rama to provide a premier braiding salon that catered to a diverse clientelle that desired the finest braiding styles available in the Minneapolis and St Paul area. So, Safari Hair Braiding & Accessories was started.

Rama, a native of the Ivory Coast, has assembled a professional staff that knows the true meaning of hard work, dedication, and quality customer service. Your satisfaction is our number ONE priority. We have mastered all the traditional and modern hair braiding techniques handed down from generation to generation in Africa including: Dreadlocks, Afro-Kinky Twists, Micro Braids, Senegalese Twists, Lace Weaves, Hair Extensions Nubian Twist, Sewn In, Interlocked Natural Twist, Invisible Braids, Tree Braids, Micros, African Pony, Extension Dreadlocks….

We are out to build a reputation of delivering quality work one customer at a time. Our team of braiders and natural hair stylist keep engaged in learning the latest types of braids, textured weaves, twists styles. Our natural hairstylist have years of experience at starting and maintaining dread locs.

In addition to delivering quality work, we are building a reputation of delivering quality hair and hair care products, purses, handbags and jewelry. At our salon, you will find Virgin Hair Fertilizer, Body lotions, Shea Butter, Black Soap, African jewelry and beautiful handbags and purses from exotic places worldwide along with locally produced items of interest. Many of our products are on our shopping page.

At Safari Hair Braiding in Minneapolis, we challenge our customers to help us in keeping the standards of quality by requiring nothing less than the best.

We ask you to challenge us by bringing us new styles and realizing our ability to reproduce them.

A Little History on the Art Of African Hair Braiding:

Hair braiding is an ancient art, handed down from generation to generation in Africa. The origins of the art form can be traced back to Egypt as far as 3500 B.C. In many West African countries, hair braiding developed into complex patterns signaling one’s social status, age group and village affiliation. Certain elaborate hair treatments were reserved for ceremonial occasions such as weddings.

Cornrow Braiding Originated in Africa. Cornrow hairstyles in Africa also cover a wide social terrain: Religion, kinship, status, age, ethnicity and other attributes of identity can all be expressed through hairstyle. Just as important is the act of braiding, which transmits cultural values between generations, expresses bonds between friends and establishes the role of a professional practitioner.

Safari Braiding and Accessories carries on this long tradition of uniqueness. Our braiding gallery specializes in a full array of braids, weaves, twists and even male styles. Our braiding experts will handle your hair in traditional ways while they use ancient techniques. No one knows African hair better than our ancestors, and only the specialists from our hair salon have this traditional knowledge and training. If speed is what you are looking for, we have services that are available to get you in and out more quickly. Ask us for more details!

Hair braiding is one of the most popular hairstyles today. This is done by the continuous interweaving and twining of several locks, usually three or more, to create a plaited pattern. Hair braiding is found in almost every country. Its versatility and natural appeal make it highly desirable for both men and women. So come be a part of history and today’s hair fashion!

Located in Minneapolis on East Lake Street and Burnsville on Nicollet Avenue, Safari Hair Braiding and Accessories was launched to provide topnotch, long  lasting and professional braids, hair extensions, and hair weaving services. Our founder Rama (a first generation African) comes from a long family lineages who specialize in hair braiding. Rama learned the art of hair braiding first hand and has been performing these craft all her life. We take pride in the quality of our services. Braiding and weaving for us is not only away of life, but it is what we do best. Hair braiding and hair weaving is a creative craft and our goal is to ensure your style blends with your personality.  Your satisfaction is absolutely guarantede at Safari Hair Braiding.  Contact our African American hair salon today to schedule your free consultation with one of our stylists.