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:
SÙKÚ HAIRSTYLE : COLLECTIVE
"Collective Consciousness" - Plaits converge together collectively like a "Bunch" and Unite...Integrate...Combine effectively.
Variations of the Sùkú Hairstyle:
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:
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:
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: