Natural Hairstyles For African American Women

Natural hairstyles for African American women & Natural African American hairstyles

Aso Oke Fabric

Aso Oke Headwrap

One of the most common fabrics used for Gele by African women is Aso Oke, which is pronounced ah-SHOW-kay. Aso Oke originated in Nigeria, from the Yoruba people who live in the southern part of the country. This intricate fabric has a long history of use in traditional African clothing, and is still popular today worldwide.

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Fabrics Used for Gele

Photo by Ade Adetayo

When choosing a fabric to use for your Gele, there are some things to keep in mind. Whether you are wearing your Gele for an everyday look, or preparing for a formal occasion, the fabric that you choose is important and makes a statement. Let’s look at the different things to take into account.

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The Gele

Photo by Ade Adetayo

While the Gele today is a modern accessory for women to wear when they wish to dress up an outfit or celebrate an occassion, the elaborate headscarves worn by African women for hundreds of years were a statement and a cultural symbol of their station in life. If you’re going to rock a Gele today, it’s important to have some understanding of the history and meaning of your look.

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Yellow Wrap

natrual hair wrap

Whether you like to protect your hair against winter cold or summer heat, this simple wrap will not only help you out, it will make you look lovely and stylish at the same time. All you need is a bright scarf or cloth of about 70 by 20 inches. 

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Chique Head Wrap

The Chic Wrap

Wraps are excellent to wear in the summer. You can choose all kinds of scarves to tie your head. The material doesn't matter and the more colorful, the better.

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African inspired head wrap

African American Headwraps

On this earth I walk as a woman of African decent and ancient wise-ways. I dance on the currents of the ethereal realm wearing a bold sky-high fro till my heart’s content. Adorned in a hair-glow of honor

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Yendys Head Wrap

The Art and Sacred Act of Wearing My Head Wrapped
Written By: Yendys Nefer-Atum

For many, many years, I have enjoyed wearing head wraps. This head covering was also known in the seventies and by other cultures as a turban. I selectively gathered and cherished a vast array of beautiful, fabrics with which I have elaborately adorned my crown.

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Wrap your hair in Glitter

How do I shine through the fabric?  This is similar to the saying, “...wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you”.  When instruction is ambiguous, I fall back on what I know will work for me.  At times, it is difficult to know what expectations are for certain shoots.  The rules are not always crystal clear and it is at those times when a model needs to focus in on those physical features that are uniquely special to her.  Personally, people tell me that I have a nice smile.  Instead of ignoring this compliment, I embrace it and work it!  

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Head Wrap Challenge

I've never done a head wrap before, but always admired Erykah Badu's headwraps.  Since I took these pictures myself I couldn't illustrate how it was done.  But I took tips from the woman at the link below:

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Crown of Protection ..

2TuckBehindears.jpg picture by Nkosazana23

This wrap can be done with locs or an Afro, covered (like how I did it) or exposed at the end (back). Here are the steps:

  1. Put your hair in a ponytail or bun
  2. Place middle of the scarf on forehead width wise.
  3. Tuck each long side behind your ears.

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Vee's natural Head Wrap

And on days when you can't do your usual funky styles, or you don't have a lot of time, OR maybe just having a "bad" hair day, guess what?  With a beautifully colored scarf and a little creativity, you can still be fabulous and unique!

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The Knotty Truth

After looking at and trying several different methods and ways to tie a head wrap I decided to create my own design, which I call the “Knotty T”. My design is shaped by wrapping the hair and creating a series of knots that lead to a cascading waterfall of tassels in the front.

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