Traditional Hairstyles for a Traditional Wedding

A Hairstyle is a crucial aspect of traditional weddings and should match or complement her outfit for this event.

Women from Navajo and Pueblo tribes tend to wear their shoulder-length hair in a style known as chongo, which is also popular among African women.


The Amasunzu hairstyle symbolizes pride in Rwanda, created by cutting the sides and allowing it to grow freely into crescent-shaped designs in the center. Once worn by both men and unmarried women to signify various roles or stages in their lives – warriors wore this hairstyle as a sign of strength and bravery. In contrast, young women used this hairstyle as a mark of virginity until after marriage, when some would allow it to return freely. Although this hairstyle no longer holds its original meaning, its revival waves among Rwandans who wish to honor their culture. Indeed, Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’O was heavily inspired by this look when creating her unforgettable performance in Black Panther; the amasunzu afro was carefully styled to form intricate curls, which she proudly showed off for awards night – truly unique!

Bantu Bunches

Bantu knots are tiny, coiled buns with medium to long locks. First worn by Zulu tribe members centuries ago, today they’ve become increasingly popular thanks to Black celebrities such as Rihanna, Scary Spice, Lauryn Hill, and Crazy Eyes (played by Uzo Aduba on Orange Is the New Black). You can achieve this look in various ways: part your hair into three sections and twist the middle section into a Bantu knot, or cornrow your hair and add Bantu knots as part of a halo braid, or combine both styles by creating spiral braids that end in Bantu knots, or wrapping a large braid around three bantu knots for an elaborate crown-like arrangement. Khloe Kardashian recently caused outrage among many by wearing bantu knots in a mohawk formation, drawing widespread condemnation from many who felt she did not appropriately acknowledge its heritage. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only instance in which Black hairstyles had been inappropriately rebranded; Mane Addicts published a tutorial teaching readers how to do twisted mini buns inspired by Marc Jacobs’ spring 2015 runway show but failed to acknowledge its roots or heritage.

Fulani Braids

Fulani braids are an elegant way to show your individuality and express yourself. This hairstyle consists of multiple braids running along your head that can be embellished with beads or jewelry pieces for an eye-catching display. There is also a central cornrow, which can be completed by adding a hair ring, while you could even style the braids into an updo style for an even more significant effect. Another way of creating this classic hairstyle is to twist it into an adorable pigtail. This will add sweetness and youthfulness, particularly if you add colorful beads to the braids. To maintain healthy locks while sporting this style, spray water over it regularly throughout the day and use edge control gel on baby hairs for control. If you want a different take on the classic Fulani braid style, try this beautiful look featuring thick Fulani braids at the top that leads into a curly weave in the back. Plus, this stylish look features peekaboo blonde chunks for added contrast and texture!

African Thread

African Thread was a fashionable trend during the pandemic. This method allows natural hair to be straightened and stretched without heat while protecting its growth and retention. The braid-and-thread hairstyle involves braiding strands of hair together before wrapping them in threads to form an intricate mesh-like design that can be worn as either a headpiece or a turban. Suitable for all ages and genders alike. Your desired look dictates whether wet or dry threading is best suited for you. Some stylists prefer wet hair threading because it allows them to maintain tight control over individual strands; however, remember that moisture can cause threads to fray, making tight gripping more challenging. Cotton thread is ideal for African threads, as its strength makes it suitable for handling textured hair and its kinks. Cotton can usually be found at most beauty supply stores.