Cow Dung, Shampoo For Beautiful Hair
For the Angolan tribeswomen, dried COW DUNG is the best shampoo to style their hair and shape it into thick dreadlocks which are then dyed using oncula, a type of crushed rock.
These dreads are then embellished using shells, beads and
sometimes dried food to make them even more elaborate and eye-catching.
The Mwila tribe live
in the sparsely populated Huila province of southern Angola and are
well-known for their elaborate styles of dress, their hair decoration, and
necklacesWomen use a mixture of oil, crushed tree bark, butter, dried cow
dung and herbs to shape their hair into thick dreadlocks, typically numbering
between four and six, though there can be more
Adult women also wear large necklaces which at first appear
to be made of strings of beads but are actually large collars of mud with beads
embedded in them.
The women are also expected to wear huge necklaces, made from
a mixture of mud and beads, which they keep on at all times – including while
While Mwila styles are designed to be
striking, the dress codes also act as important symbols, telling viewers about
the women and their lives.
The number of braids in their hair – usually between four and six –
denotes whether they have reached maturity, but three braids indicates there
has been a death in their family.