Women in Africa and the Diaspora: β€œThe Art of Hair”

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014) a Nigerian photographer, documented the captivatingΒ hairstyles of young Nigerian women in the late 1960s. His Hairstyle Series consists of over aΒ thousand pictures of fashionable African inspired hairstyles and is the largest of his archiveΒ to date. Ojeikere passed away at the age of 83 on the afternoon of February 2ndΒ these pictures, there is no doubt that many of the hairstyles we now wear were inspired byΒ African women. Here are a few of my favorites from the series.

-Bilphena Yahwon