Across the world, women from generation to generation have used their hair to express their cultural identity. From ‘Shuku’ in west Africa to the modest plait in Europe, the strong bond between culture and hair may not be immediately obvious, but hair is just as integral a part of culture as is language or dressing.
Apart from being a woman’s ‘crown of glory’ as is said in Africa, certain hairstyles can be worn for practical or religious as well as aesthetic reasons. Take for example the periwigs of the 18th century, which were invented because French aristocrats suffered from baldness or braids, which is hugely popular amongst black and mixed race women, which actually originated from the powerful Masai tribe in Kenya.
Now Joana Reiss from Hair & Beauty trade specialists Cool Blades has created this insightful infographic to show different hairstyles from around the world and more importantly, why these hairstyles are favoured by people from these cultures.
Considering how political hairstyles have become recently (case in point, the recent media furore over Zendaya Coleman’s Dreadlocks), this infographic goes to show that we should be proud of the diversity of different cultures and strive to actually find out more information about other cultures that exist in the world.
God knows there are tonnes out there.
What hairstyles are your favourite? Tell us in the comment section below!