A Trip To The Yoruba Culture: Hairstyles
The Yoruba culture places more value on the woman hair. They regard it as her covering. Women with long and abundant hair attract people most especially men in the past. They take extra care of their hair with cam-wood, different natural oils to enhance the beauty. In the old Yoruba empire, different hairstyles were worn to adorn her beauty.
They are basically divided into two categories: Didi (Plaiting) and Kíkó (Treading).
In the ancient days, hairstyles communicate several messages such as: mark of initiation, state of mind, religious beliefs, marital and social status of women in the society. For instance, hairstyle that starts from the forehead which ends at the back of the neck shows the carrier is married; besides, married women carry hair styles from both sides of the head, and finish up at the middle of the head in such a network shape that connect the forehead and back together. On the other hand, maiden style runs from the right side of the head to the left ear. The smaller, and the more hair strands a young lady carries, the more beautiful such a lady will look. Maidens usually carry hair-style of 8 to 14 strands, in braided or wrapped form.
The present generation knows little or nothing about the significance of hairstyles . They make their hair based on choice or weather. In addition, creative hairstyles has been introduced through the use of the modern weaves and thread.