The hairstyle choice you make isn’t always just about your style or looking good, sometimes the choices we make are inspired by our culture, heritage and personality. Which (in our opinion) makes the ‘do even more beautiful.
With World Africa Day here, we think it’s the perfect time to get creative and showcase our African culture. Embrace your roots by creating a uniquely African look to celebrate the day. And if you’re stuck, we’ve got you covered with a few iconic hairdos that you can rock as is or personalise to suit your style. Check them out below.
1. Patterned undercut and curls
A stylish and sizzling cut that’s iconically paired with natural curls and ‘fros. To make it your own, choose a unique colour or customise your undercut design – traditional shapes and patterns work perfectly on this hairdo.
Decided to experiment with colour? Remember to give your curls some extra love and nourishment with a deep treatment mask (at least once a week). The Dove Nourishing Oil Care Treatment Mask is one of our personal faves.
2. Braided rosettes
Intricate and regal is the best way to describe this braided look. Different braiding techniques have been passed down from generation to generation in many African cultures. And over time these braids have been tweaked to create something as unique as this braided rosette ‘do (hands down…a show stopper).
3. Draped locs & accessories
“Locs swinging down her back like Rapunzel”, may have been made popular by a Lil Wayne song, but we think a “locs updo” is just as cool. Twirl and drape your locs up and over the top of your head to create this look. Add a few pins to secure the style and finish off with a beaded headband (or whatever accessory you’re drawn to this Africa Day).
4. Braided crown
Another iconic hairdo that is hard not to love is this braided crown. With braids meticulously draped around and across your hairline, you’re definitely going to feel like royalty. The addition of beads takes this look to the next level… and again, makes it perfect to personalise!
5. Beaded tendrils
Recently this iconic beaded tendril style has been made popular by the comeback of 2000’s fashion. And we totally understand why – the combination of the two simple strands of hair and wooden beads elevates a simple look into something effortlessly stylish. And paired with your natural crown or a head wrap makes it a definite winner to celebrate Africa Day.
To keep your natural hair moisturised and defined, style your curls with the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk.
6. Half-up buns & braids
A take on the traditional style Bantu knots, this iconic hairdo exudes confidence and power. Create as many “buns” as desired using the top section of your braids and leave the bottom half down.
If you prefer a sleek hairline, use a small amount of the TRESemmé Volume & Lift Styling Mousse to lay your edges.
7. Wrapped locs
Last but not least, a hairdo that’s fierce, vibrant and perfect for Africa Day. Choose your favourite colour cotton or a finely woven material (the brighter, the better) and securely wrap each individual loc, starting from the top of your head. This hairdo may look intimidating, but is for sure worth it!