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Nigerian Hair Culture Documented in Rainbow-Hued Portraits by Medina Dugger

6 monthes ago   |   By Colossal

Purple Kinky Calabar. All photographs © Medina Dugger
Lagos-based photographer Medina Dugger documents colorful hair culture in the coastal Nigerian city with her ongoing series Chroma. The collection of portraits pays homage to J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere , a renowned African photographer who documented women's hairstyles in Nigeria for over 50 years, starting in the mid-20th century.
Prior to decolinization, Dugger explains, wigs and straightening had replaced much of the indigenous hair culture, and ‘Okhai Ojeikere's documentations sought to celebrate traditional hairdos. She continues...
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