Wow, these African women coat their hair with crushed red stone!
Category: Culture | Fashion | Female Digest | History
Hairstyles are part of the norms and traditions of Mumuila Nwela people from Angola, especially among their women.
Women coat their hair with a red paste – Oncula, which is made of crushed red stone.
They also put a mix of oil, crushed tree bark, dried cow dung and herbs on their hair.
Also, they decorate their hair with beads, cowries (real or plastic ones) and sometimes, dried food.
Hairstyles are meaningful in Mumuhuila and so, women having their forehead shaved is considered as a sign of beauty as well.
The plaits, which look like dreadlocks, are called Nontombi and have a precise meaning.
Four to six or more, Nontombi are the normal dreads among the Mumuhuila women or girls.
But when they wear only three Nontombi (dreads), it signifies that someone has died in their family and thus, they are in mourning mood.
Mumuhuila Women are also famous for their mud necklaces, which are important as for each period of their life corresponds a specific type of necklace.
The young girls among them, wear heavy red necklaces, made of beads covered with a mix of soil and latex.
However, at later stage, young girls start to wear a set of yellow necklaces called, Vikeka. It’s made of wicker covered with earth.
They keep it until their wedding and thus, can last 4 years.
Once married, they start to wear a set of stacked up bead necklaces, called Vilanda.
Plausibly, It’s a common practice that, they don’t take their necklaces off and have to sleep with it.
They also use headrest to protect their hairstyles.
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