MUST SEE! How Women In This Tribe Use Goat Hair & Mud To Style Their Hair










MUST SEE! How Women In This Tribe Use Goat Hair & Mud To Style Their Hair


The Himba are often called the Ovahimba or 



Omhimba people who live in the Kunene region 



of Namibia.



Their elaborately braided hair, skin and clothes 


covered in a mixture of ground red rock 


and butter, the women of Namibia’s Himba 



tribe are a striking sight



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MUST SEE! How Women In This Tribe Use Goat Hair & Mud To Style Their Hair

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But while the women sport hairstyles of 


varying 


degrees of complexity, the men cover their 



heads with turbans from the moment they 


marry and never remove them; instead using 

an 


arrow-like implement to scratch the hair 



beneath the turban.


The Himba women are famous for their


fascinating dreadlocks, and while you might 


have known that they used ground ochre to 



create the stunning red look, you might not 



have known what else goes into it. They rub 


the 



ground ochre with butter and goat hair or 



Indian hair extensions to create the unique 


style.







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MUST SEE! How Women In This Tribe Use Goat Hair & Mud To Style Their Hair
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The red ochre that Himba people wear on their 


skin isn’t only to look cool or differentiate 


between the men and women, it also serves a 


biological purpose. The red ochre and butter 


paste that they wear is called otjize and 


actually cleans the skin when there is no water,


protects against mosquito bites, and keeps 


them cooler in the hot climate.



The Himba tribe is polygamous and the men 


often have multiple wives at the same time. 


Many of the Himba women are married off as 


soon as puberty starts, most in arranged 


marriages. On average, most husbands have 


two wives.


They base their wealth on the number of c



MUST SEE! How Women In This Tribe Use Goat Hair & Mud To Style Their Hair



attle they own. Cows aren’t the only thing the 


Himba people farm though — they also breed 


sheep, goats and chickens. However, they 

don’t 


exactly eat much of the animals.

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