Posted by: Dr. Y. | January 26, 2016

Afro Hair: Crown Jewel of African Women and Men

Nok sculpture of a woman

Nok sculpture of a woman

Have you ever looked at sculptures of women from the Nok civilization? Then you have probably noticed that Nok women wore their hair braided similar to the Fulani women of today, in beautiful goddess braids, and amazing styles. Ever looked at images of Queen Nzingha? She wore her hair in Afro, fully out.
Queen Nzingha of Angola

Queen Nzingha of Angola

What about the great Amanishakheto of Nubia, well, hieroglyphs at Meroë, show her sporting a gorgeous ‘Fro. And the fierce amazons of King Behanzin wore either braids, or shaved their heads, or sported afros. Today the tradition persists: the Himba women of Namibia and Angola wear dreadlocks decorated with red ochre, while Maasai women shave their heads and Maasai men sport dreadlocks. For their wedding, the Wodaabe women wear amazing braids decorated with cauris, and jewelry. In our culture, there were intricate hairstyles for different occasions: passage of a girl into womanhood, courting, weddings, funerals, etc.
Himba women (

Himba women (

Isn’t it amazing how our crown jewel, our hair, can be worn in so many different ways? Isn’t it amazing that one could change hairstyle every two-three weeks, or even
Fulani woman (Wodaabe)

Fulani woman (Wodaabe)

every month? After all, nature gifted the African race with a lion’s mane, which can be dressed a thousand ways, why not take advantage of it? Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere captured some of these different hairstyles from women in the 1960-70s. Many African women from the 1960s-70s can be seen wearing tresses; and if you ever dig up pictures of your parents, you will see your mothers wearing those as well. His collections and books are amazing. Enjoy!








  1. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Thank you Mr. Militant Negro for reblogging this article.

  2. Reblogged this on revealingartisticthoughts and commented:
    This post is awesome! Honestly we truly can do a lot with our hair and those intricate hairstyles show creativity. Thank you for this post.

    • Thank you for reblogging this article acj13. Yes… we can do so much with our hair.

      • Posts like this just reaffirms the beauty in our hair and what a great reminder it is.

  3. Thank you for the history – thank you for inspiring my mind with such educated knowledge.

    • Thanks for commenting Jean. I am so glad I could help.

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