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Vintage Hairstyles with Pictures- Nigerian black hair styles in 2015

Updated on May 20, 2015
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I am an African Woman and almost always have my hair in weaves and braids. I am an enthusiast and write about it.

Will vintage Nigerian hairstyles be the black hair styles in 2015

Nigerian Hair Styles

Nigerian hair styles are fickle as all fashion usually is. There have been short hairstyles and long hairstyles. Some women base their whole look on permed hair while others detest chemicals and stick to natural black hair.

This much is certain, there are vintage hairstyles that are perennial.

Making the hair is an essential part of grooming and yet getting your hair done is more than simply fashon.

This very modern hairstyle is vintage inspired. Note ths similarities with the hair style above.
This very modern hairstyle is vintage inspired. Note ths similarities with the hair style above.

The tugs and pulls and brushing has a calming effect on the mind.

It was not for nothing that in some cultures you needed to give your hair a thousand brushes before you went to bed.

Also, the black womans hair is usually thicker and more resistant to abuse than most others and so lends itself to a very wide variety of styles.

The picture on the right is a style circa 1940s West Africa.

To reproduce it today, divide the hair into diamonds or any other geometrical shape. See the picture of bantu knots on the right for ideas

Separate sections of hair along the edges of the shapes and make cornrows out of them. Tie up the rest of the hair in the diamonds with hairbands.

Beauty, Hair style and groming Contemporary Nigerian Hairstyles 2013

In Nigeria cornrows, braids and weaving rule the hair fashion scene. The hair is done in elaborate designs arrayed in geometric patterns.

The effect is always stunning even when no accessories are added to the hair.

The most common Nigerian hairstyles involve braids and weaves accessorized with cowries, pieces of metal and beads made from every conceivable material from ivory to wood to bone.

Colored rubber bands are also used sometimes to provide a cheerful burst of color. Those with the most striking African hairstyles for women are those who add a touch of vintage.

Vintage Nigerian Hair
Vintage Nigerian Hair

Vintage Nigerian Hairstyles

I came across an old Satin Sheen advert circa 1978 (above). The women look so hip and cool. Back then a lot of hair was made by threading, called 'isi owu'.

To make isi owu hairstyle today, use wool instead of the old cotton thread. It looks better, and as the style ages, the wool becomes a bit rough, mimicking dread locks.

These hair styles are an inspiration for any woman who wants to stand out far from the crowd with regards to her hair.

Now that fashion and hair is becoming more and more unisex, it may even give rise to some new guy hairstyles.

The good news is that the vintage Nigerian hairstyles are classics and can easily be workes into your current look.

In addition, vintage hairstyles pep up your look and the experts say they are friendlier on the hair than all the perms and chemicals.

Lovely vintage hairstyle from the Kau people of the Nuba mountains in Sudan. Nigeria had a lot of similar styles
Lovely vintage hairstyle from the Kau people of the Nuba mountains in Sudan. Nigeria had a lot of similar styles | Source

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      Femi agnes 2 years ago

      I like nigeria hair style because it make's someone look beautiful

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      Jeanette A Dobbs 4 years ago

      This is really neat. Thank you for presenting it. MER

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      Danielle Cherise Norris 4 years ago from Virginia Beach

      I love Nigerian hairstyles! I haven't seen any signs of it coming back but it would be interesting if it did. I, personally, love natural hair. You should check out my page! I plan on writing a lot about natural hair.