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The culture and tradition of hair-do is rooted in both spiritual and
biological roles of individual head. The head is treasured and
respected, because, it is the center of body activity; through hair-do
and care, Ori (head) is highly esteemed.In times past, even at present
hair-dos or styles perform several roles among Yoruba; these functions
or roles include: medium of communication, mark of initiation, state
of mind, religious beliefs, marital and social status of women in the
society.

For instance, a hair style from the forehead which ends at the back
of the neck shows the carrier is married; besides, married women carry
hair styles from both sides of the head, and finish up at the middle
of the head in such a network shape that connect the forehead and back
together. On the other hand, maiden style runs from the right side of
the head to the left ear. The smaller, and the more hair strands a
young lady carries, the more beautiful such a lady will look. Maidens
usually carry hair-style of 9 to 16 strands, in braided or wrapped
form.Braiding and binding (the use of thread to make strands) are the
two common ways to beautify hair by women in the past.

However, braiding (Irun biba; knotting hair) comes in different
styles, these include:

?uku– a braiding hair style either short or long knots, it runs from
forehead to the back or crown of the head.Kol?s?– as the name suggests
(without legs), it is a braiding style, each knot runs from the front
and terminates at the back of the head, close to the neck.Ipak?-?l?d?-
this braiding style starts from the back of the head, but ends at the
front.

Panumo
?-(keep ?uku– a braiding hair style either short or long knots, it
runs from forehead to the back or crown of the head.Kol?s?– as the
name suggests (without legs), it is a braiding style, each knot runs
from the front and terminates at the back of the head, close to the
neck.Ipak?-?l?d?- this braiding style starts from the back of the
head, but ends at the front.Panum?-(keep quite) – hair style, with two
different starting points, the back and the front. The knots meet at
the center with a little opening.Ojompeti (rain soaked ear) – braiding
starts from one side of the head, ends close to the ear – hair style,
with two different starting points, the back and the front. The knots
meet at the center with a little opening.

Ojompeti (rain soaked ear) – braiding starts from one side of the
head, ends close to the ear.

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