Medina Duggar and Nigerian Hairstyles

This week on the hair blog, Californian Photographer Medina Duggar, who lives and works in Lagos Nigeria, celebrates Nigerian women’s hair styles ‘through a fanciful, contemporary lens’ in her ongoing series of photographs called Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere.

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere was a Nigerian photographer known for his photographs of the unique hairstyles found in Nigeria.

Duggar’s images are inspired by the work of J.D. Okhai Ojeikere as well as the hair colour trends of Lagos. Sociocultural patterns, historical events and globalization have all influenced the hairstyles of Lagos and Nigeria and as Ojeikere amassed an enormous inventory of hairstyles his approach became documentary in nature and he began photographing women’s hair in black and white following the re-emergence of traditional designs which became popular again following Nigeria’s independence.

‘African hair braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process which begins in childhood…’

Duggar’s approach is to celebrate the traditional and contemporary braiding methods she sees in Lagos, and her series takes more of a whimsical approach to Ojeikere’s documentary style and recontextualizes some of his (and other) hairstyles to highlight current and imagined hair designs, celebrating the art of Nigerian hair culture.


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