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I’ve gotten so many compliments all around with this hair style. It’s cool in this southern heat because my hair is off neck and in an updo, except for a few loc’s that my Stylist Tumika left in the front and the back to give my face a few spiral curls at my request.
One of the main things I hear from women who want to go natural but are hesitant is that they worry about the versatility of creating different hairstyles with their natural hair. One of the reasons (among others) for this blog is to showcase the different ways to be creative with your natural hair and ‘how to’s’ for natural hair care. I created an post many moons ago showing off the creative and artist styles that can be created with loc’s in particular. See that post here for more styles by Tumika at Creme De La Creme Hair gallery.
Notice the tattoo there on my neck. It’s the Adinkra symbol Duafe. Surprisingly, this tattoo was not nearly as painful as the one on my foot. This was a style me and Tumika (LaSha) decided to be creative with. In the front of my Hair is Nubian knots, but I explained that I wanted some of my loc free to fall in the back of the Goddess bun made up of the nubian knots in the front. With the free standing locks…I simply twisted them (all in the same direction of the natural twist of my hair) and created a spiky look from the back view.
This style is courtesy Tumika Lasha at Creme De La Cream Hair Gallery located at
10014-F Two Notch rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
803- 419- 3666
Symbol of beauty and cleanliness; symbols of desirable feminine qualities
The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in “The Adinkra Dictionary” and “The Values of Adinkra Symbols”; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one’s best and good hygiene. In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.
*see ‘West African Wisdom’ at adinkra.org
The Stylized comb refers to the feminine virtues of consideration, caution, circumspection, and tenderness.
In the African Diaspora, the wooden comb is better known as the Afro Pic or the Afro comb, which became a symbol of the radical and militancy of the Black Power Movement and the Black Arts Movement (B.A.M.) during the 60′s and 70′s with the affirmation of “Black is Beautiful”. The effect of the African-American Civil Rights Movement brought a renewed sense of identity to the African American community which also resulted in a redefinition of personal style that included an appreciation of African beauty and aesthetics, as embodied by the Black is beautiful movement. This cultural movement marked a return to more natural, untreated hairstyles. The Afro became a powerful political symbol which reflected black pride and a rejection of notions of assimilation and integration and Euro-American standards of beauty.
Hairstyles in Africa and among African Americans are ever-changing, yet deeply rooted in a shared past.
Hairdressing in Africa is always the work of trusted friends or relatives. In addition to the amiable social aspects of the event, the hair, in the hands of an enemy, could become an ingredient in the production of a dangerous charm or “medicine” that would injury the owner.
The Afro Pic today can be found with a Black Power Fist on the Handle
- Definition: The Afro (bellasugar.com)
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A few weeks ago USA Today published an article about ‘more black women embracing beauty of natural hair’. Now, weather this is a movement, or simply a “pop” trend matters not to me, what matters is that this means that more and more black women are challenging the euro-centric standards of beauty held by previous generations, and choosing not to be a slave to their hair or to the billion dollar ’Black’ hair care business that is largely owned by non-Black/Afrikan people. It takes a good bit of courage and confidence in ones self image to even make the transition from relaxed/permed hair to natural, some don’t even make it past the ‘growing out stage” before becoming impatient and backsliding to relaxers or other straightening chemicals. Now I know there are many reasons that black women choose to relax their hair, a subject that deserves it’s own post along with the history of Afro hair. However, there is now greater social recognition and acceptance of the many different styles of natural black hair.
What lies in the future for black hair? It is up to us. And only time will tell.