African hair – Analysis and Comment

Balkissa Maiga, 17, wears a traditional Songhai headdress made by artisan Hally Bara in Gao, Mali. Reuters/Joe Penney

Untangling the knotty politics of African women’s hair

Traditionally, African women wore their hair in different ways to signify class or marriage status. Now with globalisation, hair is becoming less traditionalised and more politicised.