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In African cultures and traditions, your hair says a lot about you. The variety of hairstyles among tribes and regions is so rich and versatile that we had to put them in the spotlight.
A lot of styles that we are rocking today come from Africa, but there they are not only decorative but also symbolic. In some communities, the top of the head represents an entrance for spirits to access the soul. Hairstyling is so sacred that it is only done by trusted people, such as friends or relatives, as it could be used for witchcraft spells.
According to your social status or gender the style will be different. Also, many styles symbolise a stage in
someone’s life, such as birth, puberty, marriage or death. For instance, girls and women of the Mumuhuila tribe in
Angola wear 4 or 6 plaits. Each style is structured and has a specific meaning.
Hairstyling is a form of art realised mainly by women, who is passed from one generation to another. They spend many hours decorating and creating these hairstyles.
Among the most popular hairstyles we can name braiding, threading and weaving which are still used today, all over the world. They are often embellished and protected with jewelleries, beads, clay or oil.
Check out these handsome hairstyles that the African continent has to offer!
Photos sources: beauty-of-africa.tumblr.com
Voila Viola (Pinterest)
Eric Lafforgue (Flickr)
Pretty long huh?
Measuring at a full 10 inches it seems as if weave protective styling is working wonders for Kenya.
Does this method work for you?
More scoop on Kenyas mane over at Wetpaint
Gorgeous or what?
You’ve got to check this out, a well put together video summing up popular views on the natural hair journey.
Less than 5 minutes long, watch it and let us know if you can relate.
A little morning motivation :p
You know those annoying little knots usually found at the end of your hair which appear from NOWHERE?! Those knots are called single strand knots or fairy knots.
As frustrating as they are, fairy knots are a sign that your hair is growing 🙂
They are often a result of your hairstyle, a lack of moisture or… just having curly hair. You can’t get rid of single strand knots completely unless you trim them. But there are few techniques you can use to reduce fairy knots, including:
– sealing your hair to keep your hair moisturised. Fairy knots love dry hair!
– oil rinsing: it is excellent for conditioning your mane. After washing your hair, saturate your strands with your favourite oil and let it sit, under a plastic cap, for 45 minutes. Then, detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb and rinse with hot water. Apply your regular conditioner and rinse.
– using protective hairstyles. Styles like afros and wash and gos increase your chances of having knots. On the other hand, hairstyles like updos, twists and crochet braids are great alternative options.
– stretching your hair: straighter hair tends to be less prone to fairy knots. For those who don’t want to apply heat on their hair, check out simplycre8eve’s tutorial.
– trimming your ends. This solution is radical however you have to use protective styles and seal your hair properly.
What are your methods to reduce single strand knots?
Check out Alyssa Forever’s 3-strand twist out tutorial.
Those curls are on fire!!!
May Bank Holiday weekend see the return of Europe’s biggest showcase for afro hair and beauty. Taking place on May 25th and 26th 2014 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE! is set is set to mark yet another successful year in its’ 33-year history.
At The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE you’ll find award-winning hairdressers, specialist beauticians and cutting-edge fashion all under one roof. Take the time to indulge with a customised manicure at one of the many pop-up beauty booths or take the stress off you mind with an Indian head massage. The show has everything you could wish for from henna tattoos to professional eyebrow threading and eyelash extensions – all at cut prices. Not only that but the runway will be in full swing with fashion shows, dynamic hair competitions and show special presentations from the leading names in the ethnic hair and beauty industry. If any of the clothes you see catch your eye visit the Afro Hair & Beauty Fashion Boutique to bag a one-off piece at a special show price.
Other features include the Sensational Icon competition where top hairstylists display imaginative avant-garde styles that can only be described as visual masterpieces. Along with the fiercely charged WAHL Battle of the Barbers competition which sees barbers from all corners of the UK work their skills.
Take advantage of this spectacular weekend and see the latest product innovations on the market and interact with the best of the best in the industry, including the fabulous natural hair celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood known as the ‘Hair Whisperer’ who will be at the Beautiful Textures stand.
After the success of last year the interactive debate will be returning, a chance for you to put your burning questions to our top industry panel. Plus this year for the first time ever Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE are bringing you a beauty interactive debate with our panel to consist of well-known names in the beauty industry.
Take advantage of our FREE seminar programme which covers a wide range of hair and lifestyle related topics, and the many giveaways up for grabs.
With SO much going on, this is a show not to be missed!
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE
25th and 26th May 2014
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1
Nearest Tube: Angel
For interviews and press enquires please contact:
Jessica Fuller, Public Relations
020 7498 1795
For more information visit www.afrohairshow.com
On March 31, the Army released an update to its Army Regulation 670-1, along with an educational PDF to assist leaders in instructing soldiers on acceptable forms of grooming.
The PDF included clarifications for both male and female soldiers. Though the 60-page document is loaded with new information, one piece in particular has received a lot of attention: “Twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a twisted rope-like appearance” — a popular style among black female soldiers — is now forbidden. And, in case there’s any confusion, there’s a collection of images that illustrate exactly what they mean. In response to the ban, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs started a petition asking the White House to reconsider the changes to AR 670-1, as they “offer little to no options for females with natural hair.” And, she’s got a point, read more from >>Refinery29<<
He finally popped the question and you said YES! Congratulations!
After the cries, screams and the
ridiculous long hours spent on the phone with your mom, sisters, dad, friends, aunts… It’s time to prepare for the big day and you know your hairstyle got to be on point. Don’t you worry about a thing, we got you.
Check out these stunning hairstyles and get inspired before walking down the aisle. 😉
In the Ivory Coast, a fairly new group of woman meet every two months in the capital of Abidjan. The group calls itself “Nappys de Babi,” and the 2,400 odd members share tips on how to maintain their natural hair.
The main goal of “Nappys de Babi” – which is a combination of “natural,” “happy,” and Abidjan’s nickname – is to convince black women to forgo relaxers, extensions, and wigs. However, most of the women haven’t worn natural hair since their teenage years.. Read more from Clutch Magazine >>here<<
You have to have fun with your hair. It’s one of your greatest accessories
– Play with it 😉
With some of us not willing to sit in a hairdressers for multiple hours and the cost of fake hair protective styles costing an arm and a leg, nothing provides a cheap and satisfying solution than Crochet Braids!
Allowing you to style your hair with curls to die for or straight locks that will keep your natural damage-free, anyone can pick up the technique within minutes…so what are you waiting for?!
This must-have ‘hairstyle’ is one of the trendiest styles to rock right now, whether your hair journey is in full flow or your hair follicles are remembering the times from yesteryear (big chop). Long gone are the days when you could only wear your scarf for bedtime hair protection; the Turban Bun is a sign of sheer uniqueness and all-round confidence. Go rock it girl!
Bright orange pashmina scarf from ebay
These scarves can also be found in local generic shops
Hair preparation: To achieve this look your hair can be in any style as long as you make it lie flat. To avoid your hair slipping out especially at the back place in a high forward pony tail before you begin and bobby pin any loose hairs.
Photo Source: pinterest.com/themanecurl
- A Style We Love (naturalprideblog.com)
Following on from Part 1 where we showed you how to do Senegalese Twists it is now time to style them up!
If you’ve got your twists in now, fab! If you haven’t got around to it yet or your still a bit unsure if this is the one for you, check out the great styles you can create once your all twisted up AND how to do them: