Hair History Lesson: 9 People Who Taught Me About The Depth Of Hair In Kenya

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The men of the Maasai tribe usually maintain short haircuts, bold accessories and bright, colorful blankets. While the women of the tribe tend to keep their hair on the shorter side, the men experiment a bit more. The Maasai men go through various stages with their hair. They usually have a clean shave to introduce them to a new level in life. Hair is shaved as a child, before circumcision, after warrior training, and as they become an elder.

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Typically if a man of the Maasai village does not have a short, shaved head, he will have ocher-stained loccs or braids. Hair is styled with animal fat, cotton, wool and sometimes ocher for color. The elaborate and highly detailed styles are decorated with colorful, beaded headdresses.

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