Traditional African Hairstyles That Are Still In Vogue
The Yoruba people are one of the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria. They are predominantly scholars, farmers and traders.
The women are very creative when it comes to style, beauty, fashion and hair. Their history and folklore influence their traditional and even modern designs, which are generally grouped by styling method.
The two basic methods are handmade plaited hair (irun didi), and hair that is tied with thread or braided (irun kiko).
When we sported the chunky beaded Fulani braids, the world was in awe. Even we wanted more! Though we’re all fans of the Fulani braids, it is not the only traditional African hairstyle that is making a comeback. Check out these top 4 traditional African hairstyles that are back in vogue.
1. Coily Bantu Knots
2. Threaded Hair
4. Fulani Braids
And finally the Funali Braids! These have been the traditional African go-to hairstyle and have clearly evolved over centuries. We sure loving the comeback that the vibrant beaded Fulani braids have made. These stunners are named after the Fulani group and were traditionally used as a bridal hairstyle. The colourful beads and cowries served as accessories for the bride’s braids. But today, Fulani braids are a great option for those who want to rock their braids with some beaded sass! We say flaunt these braids in full confidence. For braided extensions we look to Darling Super Star, of course and always!
List of Hairstyle Names in Yoruba
Patewo, Udoji , Brush Kiko, Panumo, Onile Gogoro, Beri Beri, Pakunpo, Alhaja, Aro Meta, Agogo, Eko Bridge, Ikoto, Abeti Aja, Edabo, Ade-Oba, Ipako Elede, Danfo , Dada.
This male hairstyle identifies members of the Aragberi clan. They are noted for ancient knowledge of magic and herbs. It also identifies members of the Mesa royal family of the old Oyo.
Some Yoruba believe that when a child dies before the age of 12, the spirit is reborn into their family. These abiku children have hair shaved on either side every two weeks.
This ritual honors the deity Osanyin, the god of medicine. Court messengers also wear this hairstyle.
The Dada hairstyle depicts the person’s spirituality. Some Yoruba believe that natural, dense hair has religious significance, so hair is often left to grow into dreadlocks from a young age. This hairstyle is associated with the deity Olokun. Parents believe that if they cut their children’s hair, it may cause sickness or death.