This module delves beyond the superficial, beyond the mere description of hair, to unveil its profound cultural, social, spiritual, and sexual dimensions. It is an acknowledgment that this is more than just a collection of strands; It is a living proof of heritage, a powerful symbol of pride and identity.
In this module, we unravel the fascinating ways hair was styled, cared for, and used to communicate messages of identity. Prepare to unearth unconventional uses of hair that served as potent symbols of social status and even marital significance.
This module sheds light on the impact of Westernization on African hair, a narrative laced with power dynamics, oppression, and a struggle for identity. Learn how hairstyles became an act of defiance and protest, even as they mirrored the major societal changes of that era. Understand the introduction of haircutting, a strategy aimed at enforcing conformity, even within educational institutions.