I hope that this blog is finding you all well. Today has that feeling of Spring in the air. As we all look forward to the Summer, I wanted to take a look at the past and see how ancient hairstyles have influenced todays looks.
Abbie and myself recently filmed for our YouTube channels and we did a very well known YouTuber and blogger called Temi Otedola otherwise known as JTO Fashion. Temi’s heritage is Nigerian and she has the most beautiful cheekbones and heart shape face. Abbie and I wanted to do something trendy and dreamy to suit Temi’s look and a festival look seemed apparent to do. Abbie decided to go for beautiful golds and blues for the makeup
We then started our research and Abbie asked about African names for our title which then lead us in the direction of African Queens and me being that bit extra Ancient African Queens. As I was going through the names and pictures, I came across this beauty.
MAKEDA, QUEEN OF SHEBA 960BC
Now, not only does Temi resemble Makeda in this picture, but Makeda is wearing the colours that Abbie first brainstormed. Now if that wasn’t a sign… I don’t know what is.
What I would love for you to do now is to put on your hair hat and take a look at what is actually going on here. In this picture, Makeda has a cornrowed centre parting, a gold head band and an afro at the back. This is the sort of hairstyle that you would see in festivals all day long, be it in european hair or afro hair. I can easily see Makeda’s whole look, even her clothes, in a festival in 2016. So a note to self for me was to obviously pay homage to this trend setting, nearly 1000 years BC Ancient African Queen rock chick!
That being said, I did want to put my own spin on Temi’s look for the YouTube channel and seeing that Temi has a weave installed, I thought it was perfect for me to do a European festival look on an a black girl. Killing two birds with one stone so to speak.
The tools that I needed to create this look was my Parlux hairdryer, my medium Bayliss pro tongs and grips. I used products from Bumble and Bumble and Oribe.
You can see how I achieved the look on my channel on Thursday 25th March 2016 at 6pm and I will add to this blog soon with links on where to get the products and how much you can get them for.
Until then, please take a look at some behind the scene pictures and maybe see the comparisons that we saw between trend setter Temi and the fashionable African Queen… Makeda!
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