Capturing a half-century of Nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

If you ever thought hair does not need much emphasis, you have not been to Nigeria!

JD Okhai Ojeikere, one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century, who started the famous series known as the Hairstyle series, started a personal project back in 1968 and it emerged to have over 1,000 photographs clicked in 40 years, making it among the largest.

He has captured hair designs from intricate patterns, sculptural qualities and levels of abstraction. It differs with the complex hairstyles that were present back in the days and hence, he would focus on capturing the hairstyles innately than capturing the backdrop.

Although hairstyles are considered to be as art forms, they represent precise meanings and might have an implied meaning. There are some designs that are paraded based on the social occasions or celebrations, while the rest are sported in typical days of the lives of individuals. It can also reflect the social status of an individual and might have been passed over since the past generations, which can all be seen in this work.

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

nigerian hairstyles

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