Native American Hairstyles

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Native American Hairstyles

Two particular cultures where braided hairstyles are widely accepted on men and women are African American and Native American Indian. The Native American Indians in particular exhibit the ways men can wear braided hairstyles with considerable dignity. Part of the heritage of the Native American Indians is that hair represents power. The longer a man’s hair, the more he has seen and learned. Men would often wear their hair plaited down the center of their backs and younger warriors would wear two braids off to each side of the head. Women also often wore braids adorned with jewelry or other accents. Even today, both men and women of American Indian heritage wear braided hairstyles.

Native American Hairstyles

I remember when I was a child and I went into a foster home. The first thing they did to me was cut my precious long hair. They cut it to my ears, and now I can make the connection between what happened to me and what I have read. Yes I'm Native American, I have 5 Clans in my lineage, yes 5. I mixed with French but the Native never left any generation so I always identified with my Native inheritance even though I was urban and had 5 siblings. We all knew we were Native. My hair length meant everything to me all my life. When they cut my hair off, they cut of the memories that I had with the years it took me to grow my hair. I cried and cried, they traded my long hair for short lice infested hair. I could always connect to the need of my hair and still do today. My health has been weakened and so has my hair , however it still grows past my shoulder's. I will not cut it. As soon as I got out of foster care, I let my hair grow back to very long again and not too long after, I was involved in AIM in a financial way, by making contributions in any way I could. Since then I attended Native American Counsel's and got educated. I can so well understand the philosophy behind Aboriginal Peoples importance of hair. Even in Biblical times a woman's beauty was her hair. So it would be difficult for one to disagree with these passages no matter what their inheritance. Thank you for sharing what my Spirit already new, but could not find the place to rest this belief. dms.

Native American Hairstyles

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Historically hairstyles varied to some degree from tribe to tribe. Even within tribes, hairstyles varied from person to person. There is not really a signature hairstyle that was universally worn by all members of a tribe, but there are some hairstyles that are unique to a tribe, such as the wooden rolled squash blossom whorls worn by the Hopi women.

Native American Hairstyles

Braided hairstyles can be an expressive art form, but finding someone who can create intricate braids is not easy. In fact, many hairstylists can create only one or two basic braided hairstyles, if any at all. Ethnic hairstylists are more likely to be able to create a variety of braided hairstyles, but finding a good one can be challenge in some areas.

Native American Hairstyles

Hair is common in mammals on earth, and almost all mammals groom themselves and their body hair as part of hygiene. But it is only Humans, who pay more attention to hairstyles for the hair on their heads. In the past few centuries, new and fashionable hairstyles have become the rage, especially among the rich and famous. In the modern world, copying celebrity hairstyles is common among females, and males too

Native American Hairstyles

I'm non-native that I know of, and my mother always cut and permed my naturally fine, straight, hair. So I have no family picture of what I looked like as a child as far as real hair goes. Mother asked me what I wanted for my 9th birthday and I told her “A ponytail” (code for stop cutting my hair off) and I wanted a new doll too but asked her to not give me the doll but instead, to please just give me the present of NOT cutting my hair anymore and no more perms. Grandma had 3 ft. long hair and I wanted long hair of my own, not to copy her but just because I felt it was me. I was so relieved when Mother gave me my birthday present of NOT messing with my hair ever again. And to my surprise, she also gave me a new doll. Now that was the greatest present I've ever received, my long hair!!Now that I am retired from corporate office work for which I maintained a layered cut, I am free to have my own long straight hair back for good! And sure it's thinner than it once was, that's true, but the point is it's back to where it feels normal again, which is Long. I think hair must be like a limb. To cut it off feels like cutting off a limb, maybe I knew that as a child, I don't know. But when she'd cut it and even change the texture of my hair with those home permanent waves, it felt so wrong, it felt insulting to me, that I wasn't good enough the way Nature made me. I must say, I'm so glad I'm free to be who I am, and not have to follow other people's hair rules. I wouldn't be young again if you paid me to be.Well I really enjoyed your article and learned so much about Native American hair. I felt it had deeper meaning, but thanks to your article, now I know it does and I thank you very much.

Native American Hairstyles

I’m just your average American mutt mix of German, Irish, Blackfoot, and Cherokee. The Natives in my family were all deceased before I was born ending with my great-grandmother, a shaman. I want to learn more about my Native heritage but the rest of my family oppose the Native side of the family. This gave me a lot of ideas to try cause I’ve tried everything I could find on the market for my hair and it remains the same, oily and broken. If anyone has any other ideas or help connecting back to my roots I’d appreciate it. I’m 29 and already going grey and white.

Native American Hairstyles

Daniel Hamm says: January 23, 2015 I’m just your average American mutt mix of German, Irish, Blackfoot, and Cherokee. The Natives in my family were all deceased before I was born ending with my great-grandmother, a shaman. I want to learn more about my Native heritage but the rest of my family oppose the Native side of the family. This gave me a lot of ideas to try cause I’ve tried everything I could find on the market for my hair and it remains the same, oily and broken. If anyone has any other ideas or help connecting back to my roots I’d appreciate it. I’m 29 and already going grey and white. Reply

Chi-miigwetch for the teaching. I am a non-Anishnawbe working with an Anishnawbe community here in Canada. The question of the importance of long hair (especially for males) has been a question to wich I have received many different (but not contradictory!) answers. What I have read and watched here has added to my understanding. This aids in the understanding and appreciation of just how sophisticated and rich Native cultures are. Sadly, my ancestors have missed out on such an amazing opportunity to become richer as a people through the understanding and appreciation of Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture. As I learn, my son learns. As the teachings are shared with me, I share with my son.

Years ago, in my early thirties, a Native American woman (I think she was Apache) approached me smiling broadly while in a store, and claimed “Holy Woman!”. I asked her what she was talking about, and she insisted I was a Holy Woman- I told her I was so far from being Holy, it would take a long,long time for that to ever happen and that she must be mistaken. She said, “NO!” and kept insisting that I was, indeed, Holy- she had pointed to my 'band' across the top of my head which is a distinct whitish silver(goes ear to ear across the top of my head, about an inch or more wide and runs the full length of my hair). She and her family were speaking their native language and in a state of what I can only express as awe, and smiling. Would you please tell me more about this? .I don't know that any of my ancestors have had this band. I very rarely allow anyone to touch my hair, as it is discomforting. My hair 'feels'- it's the best way I can describe this sensation. I also have an 'issue' with electrical/electronical devices- they tend to 'go haywire' in my presence (my computer tech finds me quite odd; he witnessed the radio changing stations wildly every time I walked by it, stating he had never seen anyone do that ever- at least not to the extent he witnessed with me). When my computer or other device acts up, he always laughs and says 'what did you do it it NOW?!, knowing I did nothing except 'BE'. My hair has changed colors several times throughout my life, of it's own accord.It was reported to me that it was red when I was born, changed to dark brown, then more blondish, then light brown, then carrot red/orange- at which time I had a discussion with God that I did not WANT red hair and requested it be brownish instead.. It then changed to 'mousy brown' and fairly stayed that way most of my life. It is now interspersed with silver, but the band is still prominent and whitish silver, as it has been for years. I get red highlights in the rest of my hair in fall and spring. Children have always approached me -again in a state of excitement and awe- exclaiming that I have 'rainbows' in my hair. They tell me I have “SO many colors” (their parents are always embarrassed because they want to touch my hair; I let them- they are the only ones who don't make my hair uncomfortable). These children swear they 'know' me! I don't recall ever meeting them previously, but they are certain that I am their friend from long ago- these are very young children. One girl, about 5 or 6, is quite insistent that I am her friend- She breaks away from her mothers' grasp,and she runs to me and hugs me every time I happen across her, exc;aiming 'My friend! My friend! I have missed you So much!'. Her mother is greatly unsettled by all this display, and apologizes profusely (although it is not necessary). She manages to drag the child off, admonishing her, and all the while the little girl is yelling at her 'But it is my FRIEND!', arguing with her over being taken away when she finally got to see me. It is all rather odd(to me), but they are so genuinely certain that they know me, and it is clear there is great love being expressed. I have no idea why this happens to me, but the children seem to know something that I am unaware of. It is not every child; just a few- but they are adamant that they know me, and are very close in heart with me.I do not know whether you can shed some light on any of this, but would appreciate any insight you may offer.Please, also, if you'd be kind enough to share with me, would you tell me the significance of this band in my hair? Thanks you so much for your time and consideration.Blessings!atachaka at springsips dot com

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