The beauty of African hair

Hair on it’s own is a big industry and in Africa it’s an even bigger one. Africans love playing with their hair and trying out new styles. The average African woman can change her hairstyle up to three times a month. Men also love to experiment with different haircuts and hairstyles.

Hair in Africa has always been important from being symbolic of age, tribe and position in life, to simply being a fashion statement.

Every individual has a unique relationship with their own hair; such as preference of personal hairstyles.

As the years have gone by black people have become more free and have started to embrace their natural hair. There has always been stigma surrounding the hair of people of colour. As more freedom has come by, there has been a new found confidence and no guilt.

One amazing thing is the versatility that is of black hair. It can be worn in many different ways. From styling it into an afro, rocking braids, dreadlocks, curls or straightening it; if you prefer to chemically treat your hair.

African hair is like architecture and simply magical. By Africans slowly unlearning and un-programming their minds from colonization they’re combating negative stigmas that have always haunted them.

Our ancestors unapologetically wore their hair in beautiful, intricate hairstyles. Their hair was an extension of who and what they represented.

Black pride is imminent in our society today and is gradually rising. We as individuals are redefining the way in which we are perceived. We are loving ourselves more and having open dialogues about our hair , cultures and more. Hair is our sense of gratitude and main element to our identity as Africans.

Let us enjoy a display of beautiful images of black hairstyles below:

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