Your Guide To Hausa Hairstyles

A woman’s hair can tell a lot about her cultural background, knowledge of history and fashion, and taste. Some of us prefer cutting-edge hairstyles, while others are fans of historically and culturally significant styles.

Hausa hairstyle is currently as popular in Nigeria as Ghana weaving, dreadlocks, and braids. However, there are several famous Hausa styles, and today you have a chance to find out about Hausa hairstyles and their names.

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1. Who are Hausa people?

Hausa tribe is one of the three biggest tribe populating Nigeria and and one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa. Hausa culture is so diverse and rich that it would take you weeks to study every aspect of the cultural heritage of the Hausa tribe.

This ethnic group has unique traditions in every regard, from food to rituals, which is why it’s not surprising that Hausa clothing styles and hairstyles attract a lot of attention from fashionistas all over the world.

2. Suku

One of the most beloved Hausa Fulani hairstyles today is, of course, suku. Suku can be often seen on Nigerian women of all ages, including top Nollywood actresses, street style bloggers, and women who are proud of their heritage.

Suku is a type of braid that is constructed on the back of your head. It’s one of the more diverse hairstyles, since the braid can be shaped whichever way you like, which is why there is always room for experiments.

Hausa Fulani hairstyles

3. Wodaabe

Wodaabe hairstyle takes its name from the name of the migrating tribe that has lived in the North-West Nigeria. Wodaabe hair features two braids on the sides of the head with a crown.

Over the years the crown of a Wodaabe hairstyle has transformed from an understated element to an incredibly voluminous and intricate structure that can take hours to be assembled. Wodaable hair looks exceptionally good both in photographs and in real life.


4. Patewo

Patewo hairstyle looks like no other style you’ve seen before: at the very first glance you’ll notice that the back of the head with Patewo styling looks like two hands during a prayer. This is where Patewo takes its name from – “patewo” translates into English as “clap your hands”.

Although there are general rules for the Patewo styling, this hairstyle can take different shapes. The only requirement is to support the centre of the hairstyle using a shaft. In case you are looking for a way to incorporate traditions into your everyday look, Hausa hair weaving can be your ideal choice!

Hausa hair weaving

5. Hausa hair tutorial

It may be difficult to learn how to do Hausa hairstyles on your own, so here is a little video that will help you create the most beautiful Hausa hairstyle with little effort.


Also inspired by my “Fusionofcultures” aka my natural hair God Mother and her instgram name is @neffyfrofro song: Janky by Hameed Idowu products used : 1 pack of expression hair, ecostyler gel, beads, black rubber bands Camera used: Canon T6i

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My name is Inna. I am a content writer with an English and literature background. As a mother of a 3-year old son, I love learning about children’s health and development, as well as finding new interesting toys and activities for my little one. I am also in love with all things tech and always keep my finger on the pulse of new smartphone and gadget releases. Another big passion of mine is beauty and makeup – every day I read about new trends in skin care and makeup and always look forward to trying them. Plus, I love pop culture, travelling, crafts, and anything that can make our daily life more thrilling!