Vintage Glam: 12 African Hairstyles From the 60’s


As always history repeats itself. The very hairstyles that helped define the 60's in Africa are making a comeback. Popular Author (Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah to name a few) Chimamanda Adichie has been rocking the traditional thread stretching style which originated in West Africa. The 36-year-old sported the look to the premiere of her novel-turned-film, Half of a Yellow Sun.  Chimamanda Adichie reminded Mommynoire of all the fabulous hairstyles worn by African women in the 60's. So, we gleaned intriguing images from the web and put together an amazing gallery of many styles including the aforementioned thread stretching. We made sure to include shots by the talented photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, known for capturing the many innovative styles of African women in the 1960's.

Take a look: 12 African Hairstyles From the 60's

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  • MiaSara

    Chimamanda is beautiful :-)

  • http://shorthaircutstylesideas

    This african hairstyle still popular till now.

  • staygolden

    What is this technique called??

    • YesIdid

      Thread or Threading.

  • MacingFacing

    These hairstyles are very unique. I wonder if the hair is damaged after the serious rolling for some of the designs. I remember reading an article a while back where this tradition in some African countries. They would use clay to keep the hair tightly coiled, but after taking the hair down. The hair was lost. I don’t want to loose my hair. My fro is so damn big, but I would love to have one of these styles. Looking very good.

    • YesIdid

      it’s very good for growing your hair. I used to have my hair threaded when I was little every other week until I was about 9. My hair grew very long and thick.

      • soulwoman

        me 2

  • NIC.ED

    I wear my hair naturally and i think the threading looks horrible with the roots looking coarse and the threaded part looking all shiny … like a bad weave … it looks a little foolish to wear … there were only 2 decent styles imo … can someone tell me why you would want to wear your hear like this beyond the possible protection it may provide??

    • KML

      If you don’t like the hairstyle fine. But to comment and disrespect decades of culture is very ignorant and disrespectful to your ancestors who carried the style. Have a happy holiday and choose your words wisely.

      • soulwoman

        Thank you for this reply, ur right on target

    • Mimi

      The two materials are normally used, the “rubber” that gives the really shiny look, and a special kind of black thread that’s a little duller with a bit of sheen do it matches. But it is made of cotton and might be drying if not properly taken care of.
      That been said, I don’t think the shiny thread is as horrible as you seem to think it is, it’s not comparable to a bad weave, the whole point of a weave is to extend your hair or be believable etc, and so a difference in texture would be a faux pas on ones part.
      But no one is pretending to. match their hair with the rubber “thread” used here.
      Different variations that are based on this are:
      Yarn wraps
      Faux locks (Wrapping with extensions)
      And they could be better fit people who don’t want the shiny look.

    • soulwoman

      One day when you grow up and stop buying into the European hype, you just might see the beauty in this.

  • Kate

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