Showing posts with label hairstyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hairstyle. Show all posts

Monday, June 12, 2023

Types of Yoruba hairstyles

Types of Yoruba hairstyles

Hairdressing is another form of body adornment practiced by Yoruba women. 

Women plait their hair in different forms, such as bíba, dídì, or kíkó, and wear it in variety of styles, such as ṣùkú,
pàtẹ́wọ́, kòlẹ́sẹ̀, ọlọ́gẹ̀dẹ̀, ìpàkọ́-ẹlẹ́dẹ̀, and korobá.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Different Yoruba hairstyles

Different Yoruba hairstyles

Different Yoruba hairstyles 

Among the Yorubas of southwestern Nigeria, the head (called ori) is given a very prominent position and particularly in the females, the hair is considered to be the crown of a woman’s beauty. Over the years, the culture-rich Yorubas have come up with various beautiful and dazzling hairstyles.

These hairstyles are not just for beautification. 

They also serve other purposes and these can be religious, as a sign of identification, age, political power, ceremony, occupation or even to reflect the mood of the lady. It can also signify the marital status of a woman. 

Married women in Yorubaland in those days adopt hairstyles in which the hair flows from the front down to the nape of the neck, or it can emerge from both sides and culminate at the top of the head. 

Some other married women adopt the one in which the hair comes from the forehead and from the back and then meet up at the center of the head. As for the single ladies (all the single ladies….lol!

 You remember that song, right…lol), they use styles in which their hair flows from the right ear to the left. Before we continue, we need to make some distinction among the various techniques used:




IRUN KIKO: Hair knotting with thread (threading), usually black in color.

IRUN DIDI: Normal hair plaiting, without thread.

IRUN BIBA: Braiding. This is casual and just about anyone can do it. In most cases, you did it yourself while you wait for the professionals to help you out. 
The braiding is usually done in preparation for the actual didi or kiko by the professional stylist (onidiri), see photos below, a Yoruba movie was even made titled Iya Onidiri, I had to watch it to get the snapshot of some photos of hairstyles. However, because the braided hair is usually not considered as complete, it is covered by a gele (scarf) when outdoors.

Panumọ Yoruba hairstyle

Panumọ Yoruba hairstyle

Panumo hairstyle

Panumo (keep quiet)- the cornrows start from different points, the front/ top of the head and the back of the head, and meet at the center/ crown of the head (usually with a little opening).

 The hair forms a ‘mouth,’ and the crown forms the opening ofthe mouth
Ipakọ Elede Yoruba hairstyle

Ipakọ Elede Yoruba hairstyle

Ipako- Elede hairstyle

Ipako-Elede (back of a pig’s head)- is a style in which cornrows run from the rear of the head and end at the top of the head, close to the forehead.

 This style is going extinct because many ladies do not like how the back of their heads looks after making the style.
Kolese Yoruba hairstyle

Kolese Yoruba hairstyle

Kolese hairstyle in Yoruba Land 

Kolese (without legs)- is a style in which cornrows run from the front/top of the headto the ends and at the back of the head, close to the neck.

 This style was called ‘kolese’ because women in the precolonial Yoruba land had curly or coily hair. 

The ends of their hair would not stand straight and would just curl up.

 Hence the name kolese . It is a well-known braided hairstyle that is found throughout much of Yorubaland.
Yoruba koroba hairstyle

Yoruba koroba hairstyle

koroba hairstyle in Yoruba Land

Koroba (a calabash turned upside down): This style involves beautifully woven hair from the center of the scalp down to the front, rear and sides.

 The tips are typically made into knots and designed with beads.

Yoruba Suku hairstyle

Yoruba Suku hairstyle

Suku hairstyle

These are the hairstyle and fashion which our fore fathers and mothers do. 

Suku- a style with either short or long knots. 

Braids run from the forehead, sides, and back of the head to the head to the crown/ middle area of the head. 

Another form of Suku is called the Suku Ologede (sleeping didi method) Queens originally wore this style across Yoruba land.
Eko Bridge Hairstyle

Eko Bridge Hairstyle

Eko Bridge’ is a treaded hairstyle made with rubber and a particular kind of thin thread.

 One of the characteristics of the thread back then was that it shone like rubber. It was a popular hairstyle in the 60s and named after the Eko Bridge. 

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Old Yoruba Hairstyle And what they represent

Old Yoruba Hairstyle And what they represent

old Yorùbá hairstyles and what they represent?

Let’s me go first; Òrìṣàbùnmi hairstyle depicts royalty and the king palace.

Adé Ọba hairstyle represents crowns. The hairstyle is mainly for king’s wives in Yorùbá land.

Ìpakọ́ Ẹlẹ́dẹ̀ 
Ṣadé Adú
Korobá Àdìmọ́lẹ̀
Abetí Ajá 
Ogún Parí 

All the old Yorùbá hairstyles represents

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