When it comes to hairstyles, Africa is the place to be. From Algeria to Angola, from Benin to Botswana, from Egypt to Eritrea, the whole continent is popping with an abundance of gorgeous traditional hairstyles.
Some of them can be rocked (with cultural sensitivity, of course) just about wherever you are. But some are totally unique to the peoples they originated with, and remain exclusively local hairstyles.
We don’t have time to show you all the hairstyles that have come out of Africa – got all day, anyone? But we’ve picked six of our favorites. Whether you want to go for an African-inspired style for your next look, or just admire the beauty of these women’s hair, these pictures are awesome to look at.