This thread is linked here http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1330360 Long hair are considered an asset in women. In old times when wigs were not invented a cord faishoned out of cotton strands was woven with the braid to give deception of their length and to keep them secured. Later it became a sort of style statement (something like a song about the popularity of Jeans in 70s.....I am alive, I am alive I wear my Levis with pride) and in place of it being of a deceptive black colour it started being made in bright colours with fancy tassles at ends to give the hair a decorative or ornamental enhancement. There is a Punjabi song " Kali teri gut te parandha tera lal nee... Hey girl your braid is black and the cord (to tie it with) is red in colour. The old humble small string for camouflage was called Prandhi and the big ornamental piece for ostentation and show off, hanging at the backs and swaying with gait, like a snake became popular as Prandha. Now with long hair themselves becoming unfaishonable Prandha too is getting lost in history.