Celebrating the beauty and significance of African hairstyles

By Lindelwa Masuku

African hairstyles have a rich cultural history and continue to be a source of pride and beauty for many people around the world. We explore the origins and meanings of some of the most popular African hairstyles.

African hairstyles have a rich history and cultural significance, with a variety of styles originating from different regions and countries throughout the continent. These hairstyles have been passed down from generation to generation, each with its unique patterns and meanings.

Starting with South African indigenous hairstyles, they are characterised by intricate patterns and braids. These styles were often worn by women to symbolise their marital status, with unmarried women wearing shorter, simpler hairstyles, while married women wore more elaborate styles.