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Join me in this Workshop, where we will learn how to make cornrows in the Shuku style!  

Nigerian hairstyles are very unique, attractive and creative. They show the beauty and strength of a Nigerian woman, irrespective of the length of her hair.  Each of these hairstyles are not just worn for beautification purposes, but also to convey a certain spiritual/religious meaning.  Additionally, these hairstyles also may be an indicator of her age, marital and social status in society. They date as far back as the pre-colonial era in Nigeria, and may be worn for special occasions such as festivals, funerals, and weddings.

To create these traditional hairstyles, there are a variety of techniques used among the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. One technique, called Irun Kiko, involves knotting the hair with thread, usually black in colour with rubber texture. Another technique, Irun Didi, is also known as inverse braiding.  The Irun Biba technique is the normal cornrow/loose braid and it is not as complex.  The Shuku hairstyle involves braiding a hump on top of the head to look like a basket, by making a braided high ponytail. This hairstyle was originally reserved for wives of royalty, but now it is commonly worn by women of all ages and status.

Please note: This Workshop is recommended to ages 12+ as it requires a high level of dexterity.

What You'll Need

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Nigerian Royal Shuku Hairstyle GLOkit

This Glokit includes: a mannequin head, a clamp, an Ilarun (a traditional hair cutter comb with three teeth), and a hair pick.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • A comb to de-tangle the hair
  • Rubberbands (about 10)

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Anita KaluView Profile

My name is Anita Kalu, and I am from Nigeria.  I love the diversity of culture in my country. There are so many different languages, and a variety of foods and traditions that make us who we are.  One of my favorite parts of my culture are the amazing traditional hairstyles worn by the women.  

When I was seven years old, I saw an older girl making a lady’s hair for the first time.  I became intrigued by this beautiful craft, and I decided to learn how to do it myself.  When I first tried it, the hair wasn’t as neat as I remembered, but with practice I became better at creating beautiful Nigerian hairstyles.  I am so happy to have this chance to share this part of my Nigerian culture with you! 

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Nigerian Royal Shuku Hairstyle