Yoruba believe that the head “ori” holds ones destiny.
“Ori is not a divinity. The Ori is what holds an individual destiny. The Ori is in control of one’s daily ups and downs. Ori could be considered as personal god or guardian angel who will accompany each of us for life. Even the gods have their Ori which directs their personal lives. Ori is human consciousness.”- Iyalorisa Omitonade Ifawemimo
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In the days before human hair weaves and hair straightening chemicals , all that was needed to care for the hair were natural soaps, natural hair oils or butters, interesting wooden carved combs like the ones below, and a pair of carefully vetted hands – traditional Yoruba science believes that your hair and nails hold the essence of your being and can be used to direct unfriendly supernatural forces to you.
In the 70s it was still common to own a carved Yoruba wooden comb aside from the humble ilarun ( cutting comb) , but now the best samples are in museums and auction houses far away from Yoruba land.
HAIRSTYLES OF OLD