Before you continue reading please go through the first part of this thesis here for proper understanding.
1.2.2. PUFF-PUFF (Tukwuru)
It's called “puff-puff” in the sense that it looks little in size and it's numerous. Still, the origin of that name is unknown.
These are old hairstyles of our native mother, in those days when the hair is not up to be in a weaving stage. Maternal mothers will use threads, it's not the thread for sewing dresses it's a varied one that is normally tied to a paper in which you roll out to use.
It's not certain that it would be a thread or a rubber thread that can use people can also use loose bands.
The hair will be divided into little portions in form of a square or circle and the thread will be used to hold it firmly. The reason why it's called “Tukwuru” (a name the easterners especially the Igbo's) which meant “bend down” is because the person which is to make the hair has to either bend down or sit on the floor to enable the stylist to get a better view of the hair while plaiting.
1.2.3 DIDI (Tuck-in)
These are the hairstyles which originated from the Yoruba's, according to some unknown source it's a traditional hairdo normally done either occasionally or causal, these hairstyles fit in with the Iro and Buba attires usually worn during occasions, making them appear more in tradition and culture. Didi style is like the regular cornrows (weaving) except that you are weaving the hair on the reverse. It is then as if you are weaving your hair inside out.
Some people say that this hairdo is Tuck-in in the sense that it's a weaving process but it's done upside down in opposite to cornrows.
Didi is a braiding technique and overall, Nigerian hairstyle. This technique is used to stimulate hair growth.
Native women of the Yoruba clan always show off this hair to show respect for their culture and to also retain them.
In the Eastern part of the country, practically the Igbo's the name of this hairdo is called “Isi Owu” and the Yoruba's called it “Irun Kiko” Yoruba translation for “threaded hair.”
As of those days we have this old thread used to make the outdated hair, we can use it for the standing thread or puff-puff (Tukwuru).
It was still available then but I don't know presently, anyway, there's also one that is in use currently which is called the “rubber thread”
it's used to make varieties of hairdo like the popular “shuku” (a.k.a Suku) where you brush the hairs from the head to the tips dividing it and then plaiting with the rubber thread.
We also have the “two-step” hairstyles where you part the hair either sideways (plaiting the hair with rubber thread towards the two direction of the ears) or front and back (plaiting the hair with rubber thread facing the forehead and the other facing the back-neck direction).
Then we have the “standing thread” during those days when stylist, colleagues, or folk try to make your hair with zero ideas on how to make it look better, they just divide a portion of the hair, comb, and plait with the rubber thread making it look like it's just standing there, so weird but it was updated in the sense that it will have a bending angle and continuous plaiting till it gets to the end of the hair. And so many other styles which I will display later on in the third part of the essay.
The local name for this hairdo is “weaving”, if you walk up to a salon requesting a hairdo that involves cornrows and you explained saying cornrows, you will be laughed at or there will be a commotion except you come down to a layman's understanding which is “weaving”.
Africa especially the Nigerians has a distinct way of understanding things perhaps they follow the normal saying without realizing the tangible name for it.
There are numerous hairstyles for cornrows like the “shuku” this is a situation where you plait the hair using a weaving version upwards i.e all hair in one direction together up!
we have the “who is in the garden” that's the name for it, it's a hairdo that you plait like the umbrella style leaving a little hair in the middle where you plait the “shuku” version. That explains that the “shuku” is in the garden of the umbrella style.
In addition to this, we have so many styles for cornrows, sometimes we see cornrows with a twist, cornrows with extensions, cornrows with thread, cornrows with weave-on, etc
Hence, as the period went on, receiving plait performed was seen as another means for Nigerian women to meet and pass the time communicating while tending and styling their hair.
I give credit to the Nigerian photographer J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere ....for his dedication to saving all this documentary of his for remembrance.
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