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February 6, 2017

Amasunzu, the Traditional Rwandan Hairstyle: The Most Unique and Creative Hairstyle From the 1920s

The Amasunzu traditional hairstyle is hands down one of the most creative ever. Still being worn today, it was and still is a symbol of pride in Rwanda.

The Amasunzu hairstyle represented different roles and stages in life of women and men. When warriors wore the style, it symbolized strength and bravery. Worn by women, it usually marked marital status and virginity. Young woman wore it before they were married. After marriage, some women let their hair grow freely.

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle, 1923



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