GIST BEHIND AFRO HAIRSTYLE

 

By Adeline Mapfumo

 

Did you know drinking a lot of water helps reduce pimples, marks, acne and even delays the process of ageing to some extent?

 

I know most of you liked the part which said lots of water “delays ageing”.

 

Now now, don’t be alarmed. l haven’t transmuted into some health specialist we are still proceeding into the wonderful Fashion World.

 

But those water benefits are true, so drink up expeditioners because loads of water in our bodies equals to good health equals to more expeditions, but not too much hey! l am positive there are side effects to that.

Drink up expeditioners!

I really wanted to return to the modern day earlier, but it took longer than l expected to come back from the 60s and 70s. l was blown away with the hairstyles l discovered during that epoch. The groovy hairstyle, the shag, the wedge, the wear it straight and sleek, and the Afro hairstyle spiced up with an Afro pick on top…cool style if you ask me.

 

Afro hairstyle with an afro pick on top

 

 

 

This trip was really enlightening, did you know that back in the day, hair was a sacred cultural and spiritual symbol in the African societies? Or that the Afro style is not just something we put on to look “good and stylish”, or for some of us who have those days, were they just wake up and decide to look like their parents used to in the olden days. Actually there is more to the afro style than just recreating our moms and dads’ pictures.

 

There is a story behind that hairstyle, the story of how the black brothers and sisters in 1960 used it as a symbol of self-empowerment and activism.

 

 

 

Okay, some may be wondering, what is an afro style?

 

Look no further because l come bearing answers to those questions. An afro hairstyle is a black, lifted, unstraightened hair that was started by a small number of young black female jazz singers and dancers at the end of the 1950s, including the iconic black activists, scholars and artists like Angela Davis, Toni Morrison and Nina Simone, who used the hairstyle as a symbol to fight against against racism.

 

They used the hairstyle to communicate their racial pride and this was during the civil rights movement.

 

At first the hairstyle had no name but down the years it was worn by all genders and the Afro hairstyle ended up representing the celebration of black beauty.

 

If you have noticed fashion is cyclical, after all nothing is truly new under the sun. This is why if you have noticed, the afro hairstyle is becoming popular again. One day l was walking down the street and l saw a teenage pair wearing afros and uuuh did they look good. However, there are some who have put the style behind them, just like how some white women nolonger wear their hair in beehives.

After learning all these facts l just had to come back and share this with my fellow expeditioners. Turns out we can use clothes or hairstyles as symbols to communicate something to the world.

 

If we get fortunate like this again, we will go back again and study the history of hairstyles in detail.

 

BYE FOR NOW!

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