Ankara Styles

African Hairstyles || Ghana || Egypt || Senegal || Kenya || Northern Namibia – Otjikandero Himba

The oldest known depiction of hair styling is hair braiding which dates back about 30,000 years. In history, women’s hair was often elaborately and carefully dressed in special ways. From the time of the Roman Empire until the Middle Ages, most women grew their hair as long as it would naturally grow. For Africans, hair is one of the main signifiers of our race and speaks directly to our identity and status.
Today on Vie Classique, let’s look at hairstyles from 5 african countries, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Kenya And Northern Nambia.
Ghana braids, which today are also often called banana braids or fishbone braids, can be traced all the way back to Africa. The earliest depictions of Ghana braids appear in symbols and sculptures carved around 500 BC, illustrating the attention Africans paid to their hair.
I call it the home of fringes. Egypt has a wonderful and beautiful history of hair styling. Appearance, looks, beauty, and hair were major aspects of ancient Egyptian times, clearly seen by the creative and beautiful ways that ancient Egyptians did their hair. Ancient Egyptians used various hairstyles that varied according to the age, gender and class because in those times one’s appearance determined and reflected dignity, status, and political significance.
Senegalese twists originated in Senegal, Africa and are commonly performed in African hair salons across the U.S. This style uses synthetic Kanekalon hair, which can last anywhere from one to three months. Senegalese twists are created by first wrapping your choice of braiding hair around the root of your natural hair. The hair is then two-strand twisted from the root all the way to the ends of the hair shaft.
Kenya’s strength is found in their natural styles. Their styles are bold, some are unique, some are simple. In Kenya, wigs and weaves are sold in mall booths, beauty supply stores and hair salons.
Northern Namibia – Otjikandero Himba Village
To me, it looks like muddy dreadlock. For the Himba Tribe, in the northwestern region of Namibia, hair indicates one’s age, life stage, and marital status. Hair is often dreadlocked with a mixture of ground ochre, goat hair and butter. A young woman who is ready to marry would tie back her dreadlocks, revealing her face. Alysa Pace of Bomane Salon says Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia.
Beautiful hairstyles, from beautiful people, For Africans, hair is one of the main signifiers of our race and speaks directly to our identity and status. That’s our show today, kindly comment, share, hit the subscribe button and the notification bell…click ALL….THANKS SO MUCH, I APPRECIATE YOU.


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