Native American Hairstyles
Many kids want to know what Native American hair styles looked like in the old days. There is no single answer to this question. Typical hairstyles varied from tribe to tribe, but in most tribes, individual Native American people also wore their hair differently from one another.
American Indian Women's Hairstyles
So just as there isn't really an "American haircut" today, there wasn't really a "Blackfoot haircut" then. Different American Indian people chose different hairstyles based on a style that was popular in their particular band or village, a style that identified them as members of a particular clan or society, a style worn by an older person they admired, or just a style that they thought looked good on them or suited their personality. Some of the styles that were popular among Native Americans looked pretty different than the styles that were popular with Europeans, though. Here are pictures of some of the most typical ones.
The most common Native American women's hairstyles were a simple flowing hairstyle (either with or without bangs) or long braids (either two braids or one single braid.) Some women painted horizontal stripes on their hair or dyed the center part a bright color. In the southeast, many women from tribes such as the Creek and Chickasaw wore their hair on top of their heads in buns or topknots. In the southwest, women from the Navajo and Pueblo tribes often wore their hair tied behind their heads in a kind of twist best known as a chongo (the Pueblo word for this hairstyle.) Other Southwestern Indian women preferred to keep their hair cut to shoulder length. One distinctive tribal hairstyle for women was the elaborate squash blossom or butterfly whorls worn by Hopi maidens. To make this hairdo, a young woman's mother would wind her hair around a curved piece of wood to give it a round shape, then remove the wood frame. Only unmarried young women wore this complex hairstyle. Another unique tribal hairstyle was the board or bonnet hair popular among Seminole women in the 1800's. Seminole women made their hair into this disk shape by fanning it over a tilted cardboard frame (which then stayed in place under their hair.) Traditionally, most Seminole women wore their hair on top of their heads like other southeastern Indian tribes, and today the black board style is almost never worn. However, it can still be seen on Seminole palmetto dolls, which are usually made with this distinctively Seminole hairstyle.
The most common Native American men's hairstyles were flowing hairstyles, long braids, or shaved heads. But there were many different versions of each of these basic hairstyles. Hair held great symbolic importance for men in many Native American tribes, especially in Western tribes like the Sioux and Blackfoot. Men in these tribes only cut their hair to show grief or shame, and often wore the front part of their hair in special styles including pompadours (hair stiffened with grease or clay so that it stands up), forelocks (one long strand of hair hanging down between the eyes), or small braids or topknots arranged in various shapes. In Eastern tribes like the Lenape and Iroquois tribes, most warriors shaved their heads except for a scalplock (a single lock of hair on the crown of their head), tonsure (a fringe of hair around the head), or roach (a stiff crest of hair running down the middle of the head.) The roach hairstyle is often known as a Mohawk or Mohican hairstyle, after two tribes who frequently wore it. Native American men would often wear artificial roaches, too, which were made of brightly colored porcupine or deer hair. Men with shaved heads and men with long braids would both wear artificial roaches sometimes. Most Southwest Indian men originally wore their hair in a chongo style similar to the women's. (Chongo is a Pueblo word; the same hairstyle is also known as Tsiiyéél in Navajo and Hömsoma in Hopi.) Shoulder-length hair with a cloth bandana around it became a more popular style in the Southwest by the 1800's. Other Southwestern men twisted their hair into long hair rolls resembling modern dreadlocks, which they stiffened with clay and painted. On the Northwest Coast and northern California, men sometimes wore topknots on top of their heads. Northwest Coast men also wore mustaches and sometimes beards, while men in most other Native American tribes kept their faces shaved.
Do Native Americans still wear these hairstyles today?
Some of them. Braids and long flowing hair are still popular hairstyles, especially among women, but also for some men. Native Americans in some Plains and Western tribes continue to place great spiritual value on their hair, cutting it only when they are in mourning. Chongos are still worn by some Native American women in the southwest. Other special hairstyles like forelocks and squash blossoms are seen only at religious and cultural events. The roach ('Mohawk') hairstyle is almost never worn anymore, but artificial roaches are still worn at powwows all over the country.
Hair Style to Flaunt This Festival Season
By Bharti Taneja
It's an every festival story. We all get very excited for festivals; make sure our outfits are ready and up to the occasion, decide our jewelery and makeup, but fail to pre-decide the hairstyle always. This often spoils our looks, as a woman's hair is the most noticeable part of her beauty. A perfect and beautiful looking hairstyle is very important for your appearance as it can take the entire look to another level. So, make sure you pre-decide your hairstyle as per the festival and functions.
If you're looking for an elegant, unique and yet easy to do hairstyle, then this article is for you. Here are some suggestions to try this festive season and get the perfect 10 out 10.
It may look difficult, but it can easily be done within 10 minutes. Just divide your hair in two parts; now take a small portion of hair from the left section. Next, cross it over the rest of the hair. Repeat the same on the right side as well until all hair is threaded together, and then lock the ends with an elastic band.
Messy Side Bun
A messy side bun looks extremely gorgeous and is quite easy to do as well. It goes well with all traditional outfits and is ideal for girls who usually keep their mane lose. Just make a low side pony tail and twist it until it wraps into a bun, secure it in place with bobby pins. Tug at the bun a little for a softer and messy look.
If your outfit is very heavy and loaded with beads and embroidery then, go for a simple puff. Just take middle portion of your hair and tuck up the top with bobby pins. Let the rest of your tresses fall elegantly on either side. You can glamorize the hair`s look a lil by using some ethnic accessories like 'tika'.
It's another beautiful hairstyle which is perfect if you're planning to wear traditional gown or saree. To make French Bun just gather and twist the back of your hair as if you are making a ponytail. Twist it until you've reached the roots. Twist the hair up against your head and pin it. This beautiful French bun has the power to add elegance to your personality.
If you're bored of your usual straight hair look then, go for soft curls to get a different and unique appearance. You can either soft curl your hair from the roots or lightly from the end. You can also pin-up your curls using some beautiful hair accessories.
Try any of it and steal the festival evening!
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The Real Problem With The Media's Beauty Standards
By Andrea Sasefran Fai
Finally, it looks like significant change is happening in the corporate media. No longer are only ultra-thin women meeting its previously very rigid beauty standard - or what it's really been - an acceptability standard for women.
Women with actual fat on their body (gasp!) are now increasingly represented in mainstream television and even glossy magazines. Not only are they appearing, they are being presented as examples of great beauty.
Sports Illustrated featured on its cover the gorgeous model Ashley Graham in 2016, which made international news because she is by traditional media standards about 70 pounds overweight.
Graham is now going to be a judge on the panel for the show "America's Next Top Model" with Tyra Banks.
The popular HBO show "Girls" made headlines over the past few years because it revealed actual cellulite on one of the stars of the show. Glamour magazine followed suit by displaying on its cover the four stars, one of them boldly fat, her cellulite purposefully exposed.
Cable TV, YouTube, and other forms of alternative media distribution set the precedent a decade and more earlier. They have allowed us to see real bodies represented on video on a regular basis.
Now, the corporate media itself is changing. Actresses on TV commercials, female weather forecasters, even pop stars... It's happening. Women who are larger than scarecrow thin are no longer banned from representation as being normal, and even beautiful, people.
What a victory - or so it seems. After all, for decades, feminists, concerned parents, and "plus-size" activists have been objecting to the media's presentations of ultra-thin women as the measure of female beauty, and the required body type to even qualify to be a star.
They argued that this standard puts almost every woman alive, even lean women, in the "too fat" category, and that it leads many girls and women to develop and anorexia, bulimia, and the kind of dieting that ultimately leads to binging.
Corporations like Dove have listened. The mainstream media are adjusting to these demands. The basic tenets of public discussion on "body image" and the representation of women have shifted. It's progress, for sure.
But something's missing here. Something about as big as an elephant in a room.
It's something that has everything to do with why so many women and girls have "body image" issues in the first place, and why so many develop eating dysfunctions.
That something isn't simply about an inflexible or unrealistic or even physically unhealthy beauty standard.
It's also about how women's beauty is treated. It's about how women's bodies, however diverse in size and color and age, are depicted.
To put it in feminist terminology: the problem is sexual objectification.
The Sports Illustrated cover featuring the beautiful Ashley Graham might have sent the message to women who are larger than scarecrow thin that they, too, can be sexually desirable at the weight they are.
But is this a message about respectful desire? Or something else?
Do the photos of the three featured women of diverse body types elicit from the male viewer: a respect for women's boundaries, an acknowledgement of their self-possession and their complex humanity, and the understanding that a woman's sexuality is shared only with those a woman chooses to share it with?
Or does it send the message to the male viewer that the complex humanity of women who turn them on isn't actually real, or doesn't matter? Does it send the message that women don't have meaningful sexual boundaries? And that women aren't selective in whom they choose to share their sexuality with because - just look - these three diverse models who have what many consider to be the best job in the world for women - modelling - are all offering it to the camera and to millions of anonymous male viewers, no criteria needed?
Girls and women don't develop low self-esteem, body image complexes, and eating dysfunctions simply because their body type isn't represented in the media.
That's part of the problem. But it's not the most important part. In fact, the tight control over an outer beauty standard is actually just a facet of the real, deeper problem - and that deeper problem is the disrespectful portrayal of women. The portrayal of women - and even girls - as sexual objects.
Not every woman will agree that sexual objectification of women is a form of disrespect. Some women feel that embracing that role is a way to claim their femininity, and that the sexual attention they get from that isn't disrespectful.
I would argue that what they are enjoying is the alleviation of open disrespect and disregard.
For men who have learned to objectify women, the prelude to "getting some" looks sort of like respectful behavior - smiles, nods, attention, maybe some gentlemanly courtship.
But if the men giving the attention don't see a complex, inherently self-possessed human being when they see a woman presented as a sexual object, there's no realness in their show of respect.
If you read accounts from women and girls about how their eating disorders started, most refer to sexual abuse in the family, sexually objectifying comments tied in with the ultra-thin beauty standard, and being overly influenced by that ultra-thin beauty standard in the media - after their self-esteem is low.
And low self-esteem comes from being treated as if invisible. It comes from being treated as if one's insides, one's infinitely complex humanity, is not real or significant.
It comes from being represented in the ubiquitous media as if one doesn't have the physical and sexual boundaries that people who matter have. The kind of boundaries that need to be respected. It comes from being treated as if one is an object for someone else to use - whether or not the "object" is designated as "beautiful."
In response to the culture's objectification, most of all in the media, women and girls learn to objectify themselves.
A girl's natural perception of herself which she inherently has as a young child shifts from being the important subject of her life - the one who experiences her body, who experiences the world - to being an object for the viewing pleasure of others.
She still has the needs of a subject, of a real, infinitely complex person, but her self-perception is shaped by the treatment she receives, and by the cultural representation of people who look like her.
She starts to conceive of herself in terms of images. The images that the media represents. The images that she knows others (who are also trained by the media) see when they look at her.
You could say that a "poor body image" issue results.
But a human being doesn't naturally think of her own body primarily in terms of an "image." Her conception of her body is naturally - before self-objection - multi-sensory.
This natural self-conception includes her visual understanding of her own body from the outside, but - before the self-objectification is internalized - her inner experience of her body isn't separate from her visual image of it.
If we aren't objectifying ourselves, we naturally associate our visual impression of ourselves with our internal experience of ourselves.
When we have this natural perception of ourselves, we don't define ourselves according to a "body image." We don't think of our body primarily from an outside viewpoint, as if we were someone else looking at our body.
It's not that a self-possessed person doesn't care about her appearance. The opposite is true. When we feel self-possessed, we care about our appearance because we are proud, in a healthy way, of who we are.
Some in the "body positivity" movement have said that women's appearance is emphasized too much in the media, and that women's qualities other than physical appearance should be valued instead.
I think what they are intuitively objecting to is the media's objectification of women's appearance.
Appearance does matter - because we matter. Our appearance is part of our wholeness.
It's the internalized separation of body from selfhood - self-objectification - that needs mending.
It's the sexual objectification of women and girls in society that needs changing.
When we are self-possessed, we love our body without ever having to reflect on whether we love our body.
We love being alive, we love being ourselves, we love being in an amazing human female body, amazing because it is alive, and it gives us life.
We are all by nature self-possessed - before our relationship with our body is severed by the violent and the subliminal insistence throughout society and throughout the media that the female body does not signify human selfhood. Instead the female body is conceived of and presented as if it is publicly accessible, until it has been privately claimed by someone other than the human self in that female body.
The natural self-love we are all born with is injured or destroyed in this process.
The battle against the inflexible ultra-thin beauty standard seems to have been won, or at least victory is in sight. But the problem behind that beauty standard, why it was so injurious, and why it existed in the first place, is sexual objectification and disrespect toward women. It all begins with objectification.
It's time to name that "invisible" elephant in the room.
The problem that's currently identified as women's and girl's "poor body image" will continue until we launch another movement that effectively challenges the objectification of women and girls.
We already made some progress. Let's keep going with making change.
Andrea Sasefran is the founder of Women and Food EMPOWERment, a new, revolutionary program that helps women develop a healthy relationship with food, without struggle, without willpower, and without deprivation, through the EMPOWER system. Visit her website at http://www.anewepoch.org. You can download her free eBook "How to Naturally Become a 'Normal' Eater" at https://stepintoanewepoch.lpages.co/healthy-relationship-with-food/.
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