When I was younger, the most exciting part about doing my hair, was getting tonnes of beads added all over, till I looked like a Christmas tree! Infact, the more the better! And now, I see those same desires creeping back as beads are making a comeback in adult African Hair Styling.
@Kwenasays is dishing out serious inspiration with her creative hairstyles and beads to crown it all up! Hashtag, Amazing.
I actually feel our African hair is a canvas waiting to be beautified with Art. And @reapink did just that, with this colourful twist on the cornrow/beads trend.
Using beads and Cowries to decorate our hair is something that is actually historical. And so I guess it’s natural that I just vibe with all these hairstyles ! It makes me think about how simple hair care used to be, before the industry became revolutionized and we were bombarded with products and extensions unending! Which is not bad. Growth is good, so long as you never forget where you started from.
@nwahh , @aquamelow @yoliswa_xo keeping it fresh and classy.
In countries like Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and most African countries actually, women used to wrap their hair with thread or cornrows and decorate it with cowries. I remember doing those kinds of hairstyles with thread for my grandmother. These cornrows by @imanimoon , @crowezilla are for the more adventurous – Yet still simple and beautiful.
I hope these throwback hairstyles are back to stay! Infact there are many throwback styles I will love to see back, but that’s a story for another day. Let’s take it back to the origin.
It’s a wrap – Until next Thursday.
xo – Joan.