Most of us will agree that the one word that perfectly describes the African woman is ‘Beautiful’. But our women aren’t just beautiful, they have an inborn fashion sense, which is evident in the hairstyle choices they made to complement their beauty and slay consistently, even before the arrival of Brazilian and Peruvian hairs. Of the many hairstyles to complement the African woman’s beauty, you must have rocked one or more of these styles while you were in junior school. So, if you miss those days when the health prefect announces, “the hairstyle for next week is…” on the assembly ground, let’s indulge you with nostalgia on this piece.
ALL BACK: Once you graduate from the legendary ‘Ajankolokolo’ known in local lingua as Puff Puff, and your hair is long enough to try out new styles, you are most likely going to All back. All back is one of the simplest women hairstyles, and is usually used for learning when starting out as a stylist. The hair is separated into rows using a picking comb. The number of rows depends on the size of hair picked per row. All the strands of the hair are plaited backwards as the name ‘All back’ implies, and runs down to the tip of the hair at the end point.
SHUKU: Either it’s Shuku with base or Shuku Ologede, this hairstyle was a goal back in the day and it still is these days. It is one of the hairstyles that proves if your hairstylist is good or not. Like All back, the hair is separated into rows and then plaited towards the center of the head, from the front edge backwards and from the base of the head upwards. At the center, the remaining strands of hair then fall freely. If it’s Shuku with base, a few strands of hair are left at the right or left side of the front edge and allowed to fall freely over the face. When bundled and adorned with colourful accessories, this style is a sight to behold.
POLICE CAP: This is one style that boys didn’t really understand back in the day. Unlike All back, the strands of hair are plaited forward, while at the front edge, a different column is separated, which is plaited to slightly slant to the left side depicting the brim of a cap. The question boys can’t answer till now is why it is called a Police cap, when it could just be called a cap. What do you think?
PATEWO: Patewo literarily means clap-your-hands. The hair is weaved from the left and right side and they both meet at the middle. The shaft is entwined when both sides get to the middle to take a firm shape that resembles two hands clasp together.
KOROBA: Koroba is the Yoruba translation of ‘Bucket’ and this style is as playful as its name. It is made by braids running from the top of head down like a bucket flipped upside down. The ends of the braids are often twisted or allowed to fall freely.
Let us know your favourite on the list and if you do not agree with this list, let’s have the other hairstyles you think should be on the list.