Traditional Styles from Across Africa

The creativity, knowledge, and techniques of styling and cutting Black men’s hair across the African continent are dynamic and noteworthy. For example, this traditional crest from Rwanda is called “Amasunzu” (Ah-mah-SOON-zoo). It symbolizes strength and bravery. Below is a video about a man who continues to wear this style to carry on his Indigenous heritage. Note what he says about high top fades: do you think he is right that they have roots from African styles like the Amasunzu?

A Wa Tutsi man of Rwanda with the Amasunzu hairstyle

Today's high top fade.

The innovations continue today: of The Black Eyed Peas went from Amasunzu-style cut to its form-fitting headgear.