Why the Art of Hairstyling Will Always Be About More Than Just Hair for Black People

Like so many of the words in Ghanaian languages, the Twi term “obaasima” means one thing, and everything, at the same time.  Obaasima can refer to a virtuous woman, or someone who is multifaceted, engaged, and well groomed.  As the term relates to hair in specific, pre-colonial African societies used the art of hairstyling and grooming to create distinction amongst

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