traditional Yòrùbá hairstyles

Hairstyles adorned by Yòrùbá women of southwest Nigeria, provide an insight into her people's culture and Concept of Self; especially ways her women utilize the arts to express their Awareness of Self.

This transcends beyond the mere aesthetics to an expression of the wearer's State of Mind, or a desire to attain a prospective mindset, as portrayed in the images below:

Hairstyles, like a ‘maze,’ can represent paths through which one navigates life, expressing experiences encountered and projecting future prospects.
— Anike

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SÙKÚ HAIRSTYLE : COLLECTIVE

 

"Collective Consciousness" - Plaits converge together collectively like a "Bunch" and Unite...Integrate...Combine effectively.

Variations of the Sùkú Hairstyle:

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KOROBÁ HAIRSTYLE: DIVERSE

 

 

"Diverse" - Plaits all emerge from one middle point and disperse in different directions "expansively," like an "Open Container"...Source of knowledge/wisdom...Growth...Branch out.

Variations of the Korobá hairstyle:

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PÀTÉWÓ HAIRSTYLE: COMPROMISE

 

"Compromise" - Plaits meet halfway from opposite sides of the head "cooperatively" like "clapping hands" in Agreement...Equilibrium...Strike a balance...Equal opportunity.

Variations of the Pàtéwó hairstyle:

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Patewo - Hands on cheeks.jpg
 

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ÌPÀKÓ-ÈLÉDÈ : PROGRESSIVE

"Progressive" - Plaits emerge from the back to the front of the head "progressively," resembling the back of a "pig's head" to Ascend...Advance/Movement toward an advanced state...Forward thinking. 

Variations of the Ìpàkó-Èlédé hairstyle:


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