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African style week, pt 2

Avatar • Feb 17, 2009

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#4

#5

@ #1… um… so does this mean that mo-hawks originated with african people? in any case, i want to know a. if that’s thread, or if it’s her hair and b. if it is her hair, how she got it to stand up so straight

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afrohippie23
afrohippie23
11 years ago

I’m really diggin’ #1 and #4 and #2 is too dang cute too! My thoughts exactly on the mohawk origination. It’d be interesting to find out.

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@afrohippie23… it would be so dope if that was the case!

Sugabelly
Sugabelly
11 years ago

The mohawk IS her hair, and yes, they DID originate in Africa. If you look closely at the picture you can see parts of the mohawk look funny (look along the curvy) those parts of it are the hair pins (They’re not really hair pins and I don’t know what they are called so I’ll just say hair pins) that are put inside the mohawk and the hair is wrapped OVER them so kinda like pillars put at strategic locations to support a building, they support the mohawk or ‘frohawk all along the curve.  With the Igbo versions, the supports are… Read more »

Jc
Jc
11 years ago

This is some serious nostalgia for me!! 

Since we are being all African this week, here’s some info on style number 4. Masai women do not traditionally have long hair, only the men do (and usually just the warriors(Moran)). All the men aim to be warriors, but you have to attain a certain age, be circumsised and in the past allegedly kill a lion armed with your spear alone. 

That pic could have been taken 20 years ago or 2 days ago because we still have traditional living Masai in Kenya/Tanzania.

The women keep their heads bald just incase you are wondering.

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@ Jc… that is SO CRAZY how it’s the men with the long hair!! just shows how DIFFERENT attitudes about hair are from culture to culture!!

AGrlCanMAC
AGrlCanMAC
11 years ago

I wanna know that too! That’s kinda dope!

Monet
Monet
11 years ago

Where is #5 from?

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@ monet… you know i was wondering the same thing… sugabelly, if you’re out there, please elaborate 🙂 the women almost look like they could be indian…

Perfectly Me
Perfectly Me
11 years ago

#5 looks like Fulani or Touareg women, IMO.

Sugabelly
Sugabelly
11 years ago

The #5 women are Touareg women from upper Chad and Niger. They don’t really look like that lol!! They paint the upper part of their faces with a yellow substance and it stains the upper half of their face lighter than the lower half. Then they dot on lalle (you guys call it Henna) on their noses, foreheads and hands. That’s why their hands look black and reddish. I assure they’re black women, it’s just that the different makeup traditions all over the continent make Africans look VERY different from one end to another. ALSO their hair often looks straighter… Read more »

Lalla
Lalla
11 years ago

Actually, for the first picture, they do a medium size cornrow at the very center of the hair, then sew a roll of velvet on top of the braid, and then cornrow again on top of the velvet so that the fabric cannot be seen from the outside. This is I think the modern way to do it, tthis one may have been done differently.

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