African Ethnic groups, for centuries, have adorned their heads with artistically designed hairstyles as a way of establishing their cultural identity. These hairstyles have been used to represent ones social status, religion, age, marital status, wealth and position, among other elements.
An example of these attributes is a woman wearing thick, long and neat hair: this meant that the adorner was fertile. On the other hand, a recently widowed woman would shave their head or pay little to no attention to their hair as a symbol of them mourning: Just a bad hair day for days!
And with hair being close to the sky (none of us is a skyscraper but you get it), ancient communities believed that it helped them communicate with the gods. Therefore, hair styling was only entrusted to close relatives because if an enemy got hold of even a strand of ones hair, harm would come to the owner of the hair. Don't touch my hair justified further huh.
But most importantly, the hairstyles used have been an expression of African natural beauty, era through era.
What are these hairstyles you are talking about, you ask? Well here goes;