Didi is an ancient Yoruba braiding style which can be great as a protective hairstyle for natural hair. There are two types of didi, didi adimole also known as sleeping didi and didi ologede. I recently made the didi adimole and the hairstyle I chose for it is suku. Suku is a hairstyle where the hair is braided up. Suku looks like a braided bun or pineapple. So the hairstyle is basically suku didi adimole. Previously (last year) I made the other type – didi ologede, popularly known as suku ologede.
I actually don’t know the generally accepted name for this hairstyle, hence the title but the important thing is that it is locs. It’s made of yarns (owu in Igbo and Yoruba). The yarns were zipped, almost like fishtail braids, only tighter and stronger. I used seventeen packs of wool, sixteen black and one red. It took me two days to make, with two people making it because my hair is very full and a bit long, also the zipping of the yarns is hard and time-consuming. It was worth it, it can be styled in so many ways and it is unique, unlike twists almost everyone does with yarns. I’ve wanted the Bohemian chic look for so long and this was the perfect way for me to get it and protect my natural hair.
The harmattan season is here again and that of this year is particularly drying and cold. I was watching the news yesterday and saw that eastern part of the U.S.A is freezing too. It’s not just a Nigerian problem. The inspiration for this post came from a man I saw with very dry skin (which may have been caused by harmattan).
I was looking for new ways to style my hair, and my friend, Henrietta Nonye Anuforo suggested Bantu knots to me and I decided to make it although I was sceptical at first. I agreed when she told me she will make it. Nonye is very creative and she is someone I can trust with my hair. I washed my hair, deep conditioned it, moisturized and sealed it. She sectioned it randomly because she wanted to create a full look and I will be rocking the knots out not the Bantu knots itself.
Going natural and switching to safe synthetic is a huge transition for me, my being wholly natural doesn’t stop at hair, but everything – food, creams, soaps, perfumes and working towards make-up. I now have “bad chemical-phobia”. My transition started in my room, one July morning after being exhausted with the chemicals I was using to clear my sand/sun fly bites that I got in Benin where I was visiting my cousins. So here I am in the 21st century trying my best to avoid chemicals, which is very difficult.
This is the first post on my blog and I’m excited about it! I was born in Lagos, Nigeria to an Igbo father and Yoruba mother. I’m very proud of my heritage, as only a few people in this world can boast of having the rich genes of the Igbo and Yoruba people in one body. I like to describe myself as an ambivert since I don’t fit in either category of extrovert or introvert.